Emil Klein


Born: May 5, 1955; Roman, Romania   Died: April 29, 2004; Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy  
Emil Klein began his career as a cellist, initially scoring successes as a chamber music player, then as a soloist and recitalist. He eventually turned to conducting and founded his own orchestra, the Hamburg Soloists, a group consisting of about 15 members. He performed with them both as a conductor and cello soloist and led them in numerous, often highly acclaimed recordings for Arte Nova Classics. As a cello soloist and chamber player, Klein Read more has recorded for several different labels, including CPO and MD&G. Klein ended up as one of those heartrending, tragic figures in music: as he seemed to be approaching the zenith of his career with triumph exceeding triumph, he died just before his 49th birthday in 2004.

Klein was born in Roman, Romania, on May 5, 1955. He was a precocious child, beginning lessons on the cello at the age of four. His first advanced studies were at the Liceo di Musica di Iasi in Romania. He continued music instruction at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest and concluded his studies in Hamburg, Germany, where he relocated in 1978. There his primary teacher was cello virtuoso David Geringas.

Geringas mentored Klein in the early years of his career, taking him on as his assistant in 1985 for three years. During this time the two played in the Geringas Baryton Trio and made several recordings together. Klein also played in the Sonare Trio, a group with which he recorded the complete quartets of Ernst Krenek, an endeavor that drew wide acclaim from European critics.

By the early '90s Klein was performing as a soloist in the world's major concert venues and with the most respected orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Vienna, Berlin, and London. In 1995 he founded the aforementioned Hamburg Soloists and immediately made a string of successful recordings. Among the earlier releases were a pair from 1998 for Arte Nova Classics: the Boccherini Cello Concertos, Vol. 1, and Symphonies 1-6 of C.P.E. Bach.

That same year Klein's health began to sharply decline and several surgeries became necessary. He struggled to continue his career in the new century, appearing regularly in concert and on recordings. Klein gave his last concert in Brescia, Italy, on March 11, 2004, performing Friedrich Gulda's Cello Concerto. His award-winning recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, originally released in 1995, was reissued in 2005 on Arte Nova. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Chamber Music For Strings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94370 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Remy Baudet,  Marten Boeken,  Staas Swierstra,  Rainer Zipperling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonare Quartet Frankfurt,  Franz Schubert String Quartet,  Sharon String Quartet  ... 
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    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Strauss: Don Quixote, Four Last Songs / Kwon, Leaper
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 544660 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Emil Klein,  Vladimir Mendelssohn,  Hellen Kwon
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: Sonatas For Cello And Piano / Klein, Beldi
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 277880 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christian Beldi,  Emil Klein
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    Brahms: Cello Sonatas / Klein, Manz
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340430 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Wolfgang Manz,  Emil Klein
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    Chopin: Works For Cello & Piano / Klein, Arnim
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340170 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Arnulf von Arnim,  Emil Klein
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    Franck, Faure: Works for Cello & Piano / Klein, Melinte
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 304680 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Solin Melinte,  Emil Klein
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    Spanish Cello Rhapsody / Emil Klein, Sorin Melinte
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 391090 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Pablo Casals,  Joaquin Cassadó,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Emil Klein,  Solin Melinte
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    Haydn: Cello Concertos, Etc / Emil Klein, Hamburg Soloists
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 390460 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Emil Klein
    Conductor:  Emil Klein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Soloists
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    Hindemith: Works For Cello And Piano / Klein, Manz
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 433070 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Wolfgang Manz,  Emil Klein
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    M. Haydn: String Quartets / Sonare Quartet
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 8811 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Rainer Schmidt,  Emil Klein,  Laurentius Bonitz,  Jacek Klimkiewicz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonare Quartet Frankfurt
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    Haydn: Baryton Trios / Geringas Baryton Trio
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999094 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Emil Klein,  David Geringas,  Vladimir Mendelssohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geringas Baryton Trio
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