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Chamber Music - Released January 30, 2007 | Naxos

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Unlike Saint-Saëns' music for cello and orchestra, the three works for cello and piano on this album aren't much heard. That's odd, given the relative sparsity of solo repertoire in general, and given that the music here is entirely characteristic of its composer. Whether the average listener will enjoy it will depend on his or her attitude toward the exquisitely detailed but essentially conservative and somehow reserved music of Saint-Saëns in general. Two of the three works here were composed early in Saint-Saëns' career. He was sometimes compared with Mendelssohn during his lifetime, and in the Sonata No. 1 in C minor for cello and piano, Op. 32, and especially the Suite for cello and piano, Op. 16, one can see why: the straightforwardly melodic but heavily embroidered structures of the suite's five movements do bring Mendelssohn to mind. One could hardly ask for a better performance of these works. Balance is always a key issue in works for the cello, and cellist Maria Kliegel and pianist François-Joël Thiollier are alert throughout to the ways in which the composer solves this technical problem. In movements such as the scherzo with variations in the Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123, they manage the trick of keeping the cello in the foreground despite a very active piano part. The DeutschlandRadio sound helps bring out the clarity the performers achieve, and the result is an hour and a quarter of Saint-Saëns that Parisians of a century ago might have enjoyed. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released February 1, 2019 | Genuin

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Maria Kliegel, one of the most sought-after cellists today, was once heralded by the great Rostropovich as "La Cellissima." She has won numerous prizes and two Grammy nominations. A personal compilation of exciting music for cello and piano is now available with her piano partner Oliver Triendl on her Genuin CD "Voyages sonores." The duo refers to the collection of works from Spain and France as a "musical journey” – music that shimmers in the sun and is Mediterranean, but at the same time is full of passion and darkness. And all this played in such an electrifying way that you immediately think you are on the Mediterranean: from Poulenc to de Falla, from Debussy to Granados. Olé! © Genuin
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Chamber Music - Released March 21, 2003 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released February 28, 1997 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 28, 2014 | Naxos

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Cello Concertos - Released April 21, 1995 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 1, 2011 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 5, 2013 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 15, 1997 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | Unclassified

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Classical - Released September 30, 2004 | Naxos

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Strong, sensitive, and often quite funny, this 2004 recording of Beethoven's last two Cello Sonatas coupled with his Handel Variations for cello and piano and his Duet for viola and cello by cellist Maria Kliegel, pianist Nina Tichman, and violist Tabae Zimmermann will be a welcome addition to any large and deep collection of Beethoven's works for cello. Kliegel is a persuasive cellist with a warm tone and a powerful bow, Tichman is a convincing accompanist with a deep tone and a marvelous technique, and together they perform with telepathic ease and complete understanding. In the late Sonatas, Kliegel and Tichman catch the work's odd shapes and eccentric melodies and unite them into a singularly moving musical structure. In the Handel Variations, Kliegel and Tichman grasp both the affection and the humor of the work as well as holding its long line through 12 variations. And in the quirky "Duet with Two Obbligato Eyeglasses," Kliegel and Zimmermann play together like old friends happily catching up on their lives in one of Beethoven's most charming little bagatelles. Naxos' sound is as finely detailed and warmly textured as any recording from any of the bigger, more expensive companies. © TiVo
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 26, 1999 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 1, 2005 | Naxos

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Although there is no dearth of great performances of Bach's Suites for solo cello -- indeed, they seem to be increasing geometrically as the years go by -- this 2003 recording by Maria Kliegel still deserves to be heard. Heck, it deserves to be embraced and cherished as one of the warmest, most human, and most moving performances of the Suites ever recorded. Listening to Kliegel, one is hardly aware of her magnificent technique any more than one is aware of her magisterial interpretations. Although deeply individualistic, Kliegel's performances are so effortless, so natural, so inevitable that one is hardly aware that they are performances. One seems instead to hear the music without an intermediary, its long lines, its dark colors, and its ineluctable rhythms without mediation. Better yet, one seems to hear the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual contents of the music without intermediary, its brilliance, its evanescence, and its profundity without mediation. While Kliegel's phrasing and tempos are all her own, the heights and depths of her performances seem greater than the sum of the phrasing and tempo. They appear to touch the infinite. Naxos' Hungarian sound is subtle and rich. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released December 13, 1995 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | Unclassified

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Symphonic Music - Released May 7, 1997 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released February 2, 1993 | Naxos

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Concertos - Released July 5, 1996 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released August 31, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released February 4, 1994 | Naxos

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