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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Using a warm, wide vibrato, Maria Kliegel gives a dedicated performance. With Yuasa drawing superb playing from the Ulster Orchestra, this is an unusually spacious reading that sustains its length well. What makes it specially attractive is the coupling, In Alium, a piece for soprano, tape and orchestra which is at once devotional and sensuous. The layering of textures, with dramatic contrasts, is vividly caught in the Naxos recording. Warmly recommended.

Australian Hi-Fi, March 2007

If you’re tired of musical clichés, but not quite up to Schoenberg, you will find John Tavener’s work interesting. Tellingly, The Protecting Veil was not intended as music, but as an artwork. A cello (representing the Mother of God) plays continuously. Maria Kliegel bows her 1693 Stradivarius superbly.

Catherine Nelson
The Strad, September 1999

Maria Kliegel gives a rich and songful account... Under the direction of Takuo Yuasa, the Ulster Orchestra gives an exquisite performance, the string textures warm and well rounded, particularly in the melting beauty of 'The Dormition of the Mother of God', and the finale, 'The Protecting Veil', has an incredible quality of stillness.

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