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Queen of the Cello – Maria Kliegel Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann

January 18, 2011


Maria Kliegel


Proclaimed by Mstislav Rostropovich as ‘the best cellist I have heard since Jacqueline du Pré’, Maria Kliegel is a household name amongst record buyers around the world. Her repertoire ranges in time from Bach to the present, and her recording of Alfred Schnittke’s Cello Concerto has been hailed by the composer as definitive. Serious and exuberant, reflective and spontaneous, both commanding and daring, she lives life, and music, to the full. Her palpable identity with the cello is so intimate and compelling that it comes almost as a shock to learn that it was not, in fact, her first instrument.
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