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Jens F. Laurson
Listen: Life with Classical Music, December 2015

There are meals that would go as well with beer as with a good wine. The cello sonatas of Georges Onslow (1784–1853) are such a meal. With an aged South Styrian Chardonnay they are fine art; with a Dogfish Head brew, they turn into humming entertainment. …I can’t get enough of [Onslow’s] quality, light brand of music, especially when I need a break from the severity of Beethoven. Maria Kliegel has shown on many Naxos recordings that she is a fearfully underrated cellist, milking Onslow for all he’s worth; the pianist milks her part for at least some. © 2015 Listen: Life with Classical Music

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, July 2013

…Naxos really lucked out here with a pair of performers who seem to take an evident delight in playing these works…[Kliegel and Tichman] seem to really enjoy and understand this music, and their finely nuanced and often energetic interpretations make a really great case for it.

Kliegel and Tichman find exactly the right mood for each work, and you the listener are taken along for a very enjoyable ride. I cannot praise this disc highly enough. These are great works, and a fine addition to the repertoire of virtually any performing cellist or pianist who engages in chamber music. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

David W Moore
American Record Guide, July 2013

It is good to hear Maria Kliegel again. Her warm sound is a pleasure…[Kliegel and Tichmann] enjoy themselves with this expansive yet classically phrased music. Altogether, it is a worthwhile project well handled by all, including the engineers. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, May 2013

These elegantly crafted Sonatas from 1820 combine some of the thematic rigour of Beethoven with the ornate virtuosity of Weber. These are strongly committed and highly expressive performances. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine

John Terauds
Musical Toronto, March 2013

German cellist Maria Kliegel and pianist Nina Tichman recorded these three companion works…with a combination of strength and grace that seems to be what is necessary to give this essentially poised, Classically-shaped, aristocratic music interest.

…it is beautiful and written with a high degree of craft. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review

David Vernier, March 2013

The three cello sonatas on offer here show a sure-handed mastery of cello idiom (Onslow played the instrument) and a facility for composition that gives equal voice and musical interest to both cello and piano…these are substantial works as demanding technically to the performer as they are immediately attractive to the ear of the listener.

…all of this is realized by two very competent and obviously devoted performers, cellist Maria Kliegel and pianist Nina Tichman, who work together in stylistic accord and with just enough individual interpretive freedom to ensure a lively interactive dynamic. © Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2013

Descended from an aristocratic English family who, to escape a scandal, had settled in France, Georges Onslow lived at much the same time as Beethoven. His father’s marriage into a wealthy French family, together with the eventual inheritance of estates in England, left the young Georges in such a privileged position that he could have become a dilettante composer. But he was to seek the best possible musical education, his mentors including Anton Reicha and Franz Dussek, and in later life succeeded Cherubini at the head of the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris. Maybe his wealth did bring honours that were bestowed on him, his prolific output including four operas, though posterity will remember him as outstanding in the field of chamber music. He was influenced by Beethoven, who was his elder by fourteen years, as is evident from this group of three sonatas published in 1820, the solo instrument being described as ‘cello or violin’. Structurally they show a musician of excellent academic training, while melodically they are readily engaging. They also follow Beethoven in emancipating the piano from its purely accompanying role, Onslow often offering the keyboard the thematic material around which the cello can spin a web of charming sound. So why are they so seldom heard? I suppose that, compared with the great composers of the time, Onslow never quite produced those melodies that you simply cannot forget. Certainly Maria Kliegel and Nina Tichman give pleasing performances that would commend the disc, stoking-up plenty of impact when Onslow allows, and showing a spotless technique. Very well balanced sound. © David’s Review Corner

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, March 2013

These are very romantic accounts of the sonatas. Nina Tichman is an excellent pianist and consistently a pleasure to hear; the recorded sound is faultless…All told, this is a first class production which sheds light on music I am very glad to have in my collection. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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