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MARIA KLIEGEL

Born into a Polish émigré family of professional musicians, Maria Kliegel was given a cello at the age of ten, her father intending to form a string quartet within the family. After winning first prize twice in the German Jugend Musiziert (Young Musician) competition she went to the Frankfurt Conservatory and then to Canada for masterclasses with János Starker. Starker took her as a pupil at Bloomington, bringing discipline and technique to her otherwise instinctive musicianship. Intensive artistic instruction then came from Rostropovich’s month-long classes in Basle: he spent two weeks guiding students through concertos with the piano before allowing them to perform with an orchestra. Kliegel’s subsequent success at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris led immediately to an international profile, which she has maintained despite a sabbatical period to raise a family. Recording highlights include her Dvořák and Elgar Concertos and Schnittke’s Cello Concerto No. 1, described by the composer as ‘definitive’.

In cello pedagogy Kliegel’s activities include a professorship at the Cologne Musikhochschule and a multi-media publication, Cello Master Class Using Technique and Imagination to Achieve Artistic Expression (originally in German).

Kliegel’s playing is characterised by a warmth and sensitivity which complements established works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as core twentieth-century works. Her playing is notably refined and beautiful, with a fastidious approach and (often the case with more recent players) the ability to adapt a mainstream style to suit a variety of repertory.

The Bach Cello Suites (2003) are given an uncontroversial reading, Kliegel displaying accomplishment and careful consideration. There is clarity and resonance to her playing, relying upon fundamental tone production rather than too much glossy and historically anachronistic vibrato. A similarly thoughtful approach characterises Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (2000): there is a lightness and elegance to the sound that suits the established mid-twentieth-century understanding of classical style. More exciting is Beethoven’s Op. 102 No. 1 Sonata (2003), with an energetic mood in the opening Allegro vivace, for example, albeit with a slightly exaggerated approach to Beethoven’s famous accents. This said, there is a somewhat saccharine understanding of slower passages, but the performance is well balanced and delivered with a beautiful bel canto. Richer tones are explored in Brahms’s Op. 99 Sonata (1992), with a committed outlook in the first movement. This reading is perhaps marred by a stereotypical ‘Brahms sound’: that is to say, the twentieth-century misconception that such music necessitates thick textures, steady tempi and heavily-applied vibrato.

Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (1995) is equally worthy. This is an attractive recording, though lacking the committed fire (and flaws!) of Rostropovich’s performances of this powerful work.

In many ways Kliegel’s recordings are excellent, with evidence of an adaptable and sensitive aesthetic within an apparent conformity to recent notions of good taste.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Milsom (A–Z of String Players, Naxos 8.558081-84)

Queen of the Cello – Maria Kliegel Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Art and Music: Masters of the Modern Age Vol 1 Naxos 8.503269
Chill With Beethoven (UK Release) Naxos 8.501046
Chill With Beethoven (International Release) Naxos 8.508010
Die schöensten Cellokonzerte Naxos 8.503047
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
ELGAR Major Orchestral Works Naxos 8.505076
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
HAYDN Ausgewählte Meisterwerke Naxos 8.505218
HAYDN Complete Concertos Naxos 8.506019
Meditation Naxos 8.508010
Meditation (Swedish Edition) Naxos 8.503163
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Orchestral
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ANDANTE - Romantic Music for Cello and Orchestra Naxos
8.555764
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
Art and Music: Van Gogh - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558068
Concertos
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Concertos, Instrumental, Chamber Music
BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV 1007-1012 (Complete) Naxos
8.557280-81
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Naxos Bach Album (The) Naxos
8.578108
Instrumental
BANTER: Phadra / Marchenbilder / Prolog 2000 Marco Polo
8.223860
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552105-06
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN FOR MEDITATION (Swedish Edition) Naxos
8.557751
Chamber Music, Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 - Piano Trios Nos. 4, 8 (Hausmann, Kliegel, Tichman) Naxos
8.570943
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies, Concertos and Overtures (Complete) (12-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501204
Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto / Piano Concerto in D Major, Op. 61a (Jando, Dong-Suk Kang, Kliegel, Drahos) Naxos
8.554288
Concertos
BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonatas No. 3, Op. 69 and Op. 64 Naxos
8.555786
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 5 / 7 Variations, WoO 46 Naxos
8.555785
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonatas Nos. 4 and 5, Op. 102 Naxos
8.555787
Chamber Music
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Concertos
BEST OF NAXOS 9 (THE) Naxos
8.551202
Orchestral
BRAHMS: Cello Sonatas Opp. 38, 78 and 99 Naxos
8.550656
Chamber Music
BRAHMS: Double Concerto / SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A Minor Naxos
8.550938
Concertos
CELLO MOMENTS Naxos
8.557995
Instrumental, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2008 International Edition) Naxos
8.578019-20
Concertos
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2009 Hong Kong Edition) Naxos
8.578057-58
Concertos
CHILL WITH BEETHOVEN Naxos
8.556790
Concertos
CHILL WITH CHOPIN Naxos
8.556784
Chamber Music
CHILL WITH SCHUBERT Naxos
8.556791
Chamber Music
CHOPIN (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552107-08
Chamber Music
CHOPIN, F.: Cello Sonata / Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 / Grand Duo (Kliegel, Glemser) Naxos
8.553159
Chamber Music
CINEMA CLASSICS 1999 Naxos
8.551183
Concertos
CLASSICAL INSPIRATIONS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.551236
Concertos
CLASSICS AT THE MOVIES: DIVAS Naxos
8.556806
Concertos
CLASSICS FOR LOVERS Naxos
8.570013-14
Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Concertos
DEMUS: Sonate poetique / Sonata in C Minor Marco Polo
8.225036
Chamber Music
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
DOHNANYI: Konzertstuck for Cello / Cello Sonata / Ruralia Hungarica Naxos
8.554468
Concertos, Chamber Music
DVORAK (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556661
Concertos
DVORAK (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552139-40
Concertos
DVORAK / ELGAR: Cello Concertos Naxos
8.550503
Concertos
DVORAK : Best Of Dvorak (The) Naxos
8.551111
Concertos
DVORAK, A.: Published Orchestral Works (Complete) (17 CD Box-Set) Naxos
8.501702
Concertos
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Orchestral
ELEGIE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556612
Concertos
ELGAR (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556672
Concertos
ELGAR (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552133-34
Concertos
ELGAR: Cello Concerto / Introduction and Allegro / Serenade for Strings Naxos
8.554409
Concertos
FAURE: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Elegie / Romance (Kliegel) Naxos
8.557889
Chamber Music
Grand Tango and Other Dances for Cello and Piano (Le) Naxos
8.550785
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
GUBAIDULINA: Seven Words / Silenzio / In Croce Naxos
8.553557
Chamber Music, Orchestral
HAYDN: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Sinfonia concertante Naxos
8.571034
Concertos
HAYDN: Cello Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4 Naxos
8.555041
Concertos
HAYDN: Drei Violoncellokonzerte Naxos
8.551059
Concertos
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Chamber Music
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL NZ 2001 Naxos
8.555883
Concertos
KAISER-LINDEMANN: Hommage a Nelson M., Op. 27 Naxos
8.554485
Chamber Music
KLASSIK HIGHLIGHTS - Music for the 20th Anniversary of Naxos Naxos
8.550020
Chamber Music
KLIEGEL, Maria: Cello Masterclass (NTSC) Naxos
2.110280-81
Classical Documentary
KLIEGEL, Maria: Virtuoso Cello Showpieces Naxos
8.557613
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
KODALY: Duo for Violin and Cello / Hungarian Rondo / Adagio for Cello / Sonatina Naxos
8.554039
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
KODALY: Three Chorale Preludes / Cello Sonatas Opp. 8 and 4 Naxos
8.553160
Chamber Music, Instrumental
LA CELLISSIMA Naxos
8.551094
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Concertos, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral
LALO: Cello Concerto in D Minor / Cello Sonata Naxos
8.554469
Concertos, Chamber Music, Concertos
LIEBESLEID - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556615
Chamber Music
LINDE: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.557855
Concertos
Lunga Bla Timmar (Blue Hours) Naxos
8.503024
Chamber Music, Orchestral
MENDELSSOHN: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Variations Concertantes Naxos
8.550655
Chamber Music
Music and Video Club Vol. 2 (UK Only) Naxos
8.555082
Orchestral
Music for Kids CD 7: Music from Planet Earth Naxos Educational
8.558020
Music Education
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - ST PETERSBURG: Palaces of the Tsars (NTSC) Naxos
2.110511
Classical Concert
My First Tchaikovsky Album Naxos
8.578214
Orchestral
MYSTERY OF AUTUMN (THE) Naxos
8.557791
Orchestral
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Music Biographies
NAXOS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CD Naxos
8.555964
Orchestral
NAXOS SELECTION: Highlights Naxos
8.571000
Concertos
ONSLOW, G.: Cello Sonatas, Op. 16, Nos. 1-3 (Kliegel, Tichmann) Naxos
8.572830
Chamber Music
POPPER: Romantic Cello Showpieces Naxos
8.554657
Orchestral, Concertos
RACHMANINOV (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556682
Chamber Music
RHAPSODY - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556617
Chamber Music
SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Suite, Op. 16 Naxos
8.553039
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Suite Naxos
8.557880
Chamber Music
SARABANDE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556613
Chamber Music
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto / Stille Musik / Cello Sonata Marco Polo
8.223334
Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto / Stille Musik / Cello Sonata Naxos
8.554465
Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata / SCHUMANN: Fantasiestucke Naxos
8.550654
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN : Best of Schumann (The) Naxos
8.551112
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN, Camillo: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 2 Konzertstucke (Kliegel, Piemontesi) Naxos
8.572314
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN, R. (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556662
Chamber Music
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552129-30
Concertos
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550813
Concertos
SIEPMANN, J.: Life and Works of Chopin (The) Naxos AudioBooks
NA445612
Chamber Music
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos
8.570394
Concertos
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Orchestral
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Chamber Music
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.572379
Instrumental
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.572381
Instrumental
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.572383
Instrumental
TAVENER, J.: Essential John Tavener (The) (5-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.505239
Orchestral
TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY) Naxos Educational
8.558152-53
Music Biographies
TAVENER: Protecting Veil / In Alium Naxos
8.554388
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556652
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552117-18
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme / BRUCH: Kol Nidrei / BLOCH: Schelomo Naxos
8.550519
Orchestral
Ten Years Of Success Naxos
8.554103
Concertos
TONER TILL TROST (Music for Comfort) Naxos
8.503158
Chamber Music
VIRTUOSO CELLO ENCORES Naxos
8.557943
Chamber Music
Virtuoso Cello Encores (Kliegel) Marco Polo
8.223403
Chamber Music





 
 
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