Maria Kliegel

Biography

Born: November 14, 1952; Essen, Germany  
Finding her career expending quickly after winning the 1981 Concours Rostropovich in Paris, Maria Kliegel achieved celebrity for both her commanding live performances and her extensive discography on the Naxos label. Her repertory is wide and varied, embracing compositions of her own time as well as standard works from the Baroque period forward. She has lived up to Mstislav Rostropovich's assessment: "the best cellist I've heard since Jacqueline Read more du Pré."

After undertaking studies with Janos Starker at Indiana University, Kliegel began winning first prizes in several competitions in America and Europe, including the First German Music Competition, and was chosen for the Concerts with Young Artists program. After enjoying the publicity that followed her first prize in the Rostropovich competition, she began touring and was accompanied by Rostropovich himself. Her attractive appearance brought offers of television appearances, and by 1990 her recording of Alfred Schnittke's first cello concerto brought acknowledgement from the composer himself that hers was a definitive interpretation. For Naxos, Kliegel has recorded most of the core cello repertory, becoming in the process a leading cellist in worldwide sales. The concertos of Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bruch, Dohnányi, Dvorák, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Schumann, Tavener, and Tchaikovsky have all been preserved on disc, as have numerous chamber works by such composers as Gubaydulina, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schubert. Several of these recordings were honored as editor's choices. Another major recording project has been the complete Haydn concertos with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. Beginning in 1986, Kliegel has conducted master classes at the Cologne Music Academy. In 1999, she participated in two events honoring the 75th birthday of her teacher Janos Starker. The first took place in Kronberg at the International Cello Academy; the second was held at Indiana University, where she performed with the Indiana University Philharmonic directed by Rostropovich. Kliegel performs on the ex-Gendron Stradivarius of 1693 owned for three decades by Maurice Gendron. In addition to her concert performances and recording projects, Kliegel has won acknowledgement for her broader services to music. In 1998 she was appointed a board member of the Deutscher Musikrat; she was also awarded the North-Rhine Westphalia Order of Merit. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Essential John Tavener On Naxos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505239 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Ralph van Raat,  Maria Kliegel,  Eileen Hulse,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Jeremy Summerly,  Timothy Brown,  Christopher Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Choir of London,  Choir of London Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak: Complete Published Orchestral Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Ilya Kaler,  Alexander Trostiansky,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Camilla Kolchinsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Masters Of The Modern Age I: Music From The Time Of Degas, Cezanne, And Van Gogh
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503269 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ludwig
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    The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Claire Rutter,  Matilde Wallevik,  Marta Fontanals-Simmons  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
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    Onslow: Cello Sonatas / Maria Kliegel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572830 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Onslow
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 56931 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Claude Debussy,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Péter Nagy,  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Christian Pollack,  Marin Alsop,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Aradia Ensemble,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Villa Musica,  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    My First Tchaikovsky Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578214 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Maria Kliegel,  Joseph Banowetz,  Ilona Prunyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Philippe Entremont,  Gerhard Markson,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Sonatas / Maria Kliegel, Francesco Piemontesi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572314 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camillo Schumann
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Francesco Piemontesi
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    Maria Kliegel - Cello Master Class
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110280 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios No 4 & 8 / Hausmann, Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570943 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Ib Hausmann,  Nina Tichman
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572379 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christian Pezold,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Terence Dennis,  Takako Nishizaki,  János Sebestyén,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572381 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis,  Maria Kliegel,  Alexander Jablokov
    Conductor:  Peter Walls,  Oliver Dohnányi
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 6
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572383 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis,  Bob van Asperen,  Lucy Van Dael  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol 3 / Xyrion Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570255 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ida Bieler,  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Xyrion Trio
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    Haydn: The Complete Concertos / Müller-Brühl, Cologne CO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506019 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Christian Hommel,  Benoît Fromanger,  Philipp Spatling,  Daniel Rothert  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
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    Fauré: Cello Sonatas / Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557889 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
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  • 18.
    Of Beauty & Light - The Music Of Philip Glass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504040 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  John Adams,  Charles Wuorinen,  Hans Werner Henze  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Gunn,  Adele Anthony,  Peter Sheppard Skaerved,  Aaron Shorr  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Marin Alsop,  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Group for Contemporary Music  ... 
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    The Silence Of Being - The Music Of Arvo Pärt
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506015 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  John Adams,  Jorgen Plaetner  ... 
    Performer:  Jurgen Petrenko,  Laura Mikkola,  Maria Kliegel,  Elsbeth Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Noel Edison,  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu,  Marin Alsop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers,  Elora Festival Orchestra,  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Sonic Rebellion - Alternative Classical Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570760 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  John Adams,  Jorgen Plaetner  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Mikkola,  Elsbeth Moser,  Maria Kliegel,  Kathrin Rabus  ... 
    Conductor:  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu,  Marin Alsop,  Fuat Kent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Virtuoso Cello Showpieces - Cassadó, Et Al / Kliegel, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557613 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Buxton Orr,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Nina Tichman,  Maria Kliegel
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    Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios Vol 2 / Xyrion Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557724 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Nina Tichman,  Ida Bieler,  Maria Kliegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Xyrion Trio
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    Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas no 1 & 2, etc / Kliegel, et al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557880 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  François-Joël Thiollier
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    British Orchestral Collection / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8502502 Release Date: 11/15/2006   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Bruce Montgomery,  Michael Hurd,  Haydn Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside,  Graham Johnson,  John Metcalfe  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Michael Tippett,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Duke String Quartet,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552139 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Qian Zhou,  Edmund Battersby,  Christian Kohn,  Silke-Thora Matthies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Michael Halász,  Robert Shafer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Trio,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vlach String Quartet Prague  ... 
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Biography

Born: November 14, 1952; Essen, Germany  
Finding her career expending quickly after winning the 1981 Concours Rostropovich in Paris, Maria Kliegel achieved celebrity for both her commanding live performances and her extensive discography on the Naxos label. Her repertory is wide and varied, embracing compositions of her own time as well as standard works from the Baroque period forward. She has lived up to Mstislav Rostropovich's assessment: "the best cellist I've heard since Jacqueline Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Section 1
Annunciation
The Incarnation
Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross
Christ is Risen!
The Dormition of the Mother of God
The Protecting Veil
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato - Andante - Allegro vivo
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro espressivo
II. Menuetto: Allegro
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Finale: Allegretto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio -
III. Finale: Agitato e molto espressivo
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante
V. Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
VI. Andante con moto alla marcia - Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con variazioni
III. Menuetto: Quasi allegro
IV. Finale: Prestissimo
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto quasi andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale: Allegro commodo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio -
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo con espressione
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto
III. Allegro moderato
I. Prelude: Moderato assai
II. Serenade: Andantino
III. Scherzo: Allegro grazioso
IV. Romance: Adagio
V. Finale: Allegro con brio
I. Maestoso, largamente - Tranquillo
II. Scherzo con variazioni: Allegro animato
III. Romanza: Poco adagio
IV. Allegro non troppo grazioso
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
I. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegretto ma non troppo
IV. Finale: Allegro
Theme
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI
Varaition VII
Variation VIII
Variation IX
Varaition X
Variation XI
Variation XII
Variation XIII
Variation XIV
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Menuet I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Menuet I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Gavotte I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Bourree I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Bourree I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Gavotte I and II
VI. Gigue
I. Andante - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio - Tempo d'Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
III. Allegro fugato
Theme: Allegretto
Variation I
Variation II
Varaition III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI
Variation VII
Variation VIII
Variation IX
Variation X: Allegro
Variation XI: Adagio
Variation XII: Allegro
Thema
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI
Variation VII
Variation VIII
Variation IX
Variation X
Variation XI
Variation XII
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Adagio
V. Menuetto: Moderato
VI. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro, ma non tanto
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Adagio cantabile -
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poco adagio, quasi andante
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
II. Allegro vivace
Thema: Andante
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V: Si prenda il tempo un poco piu vivace
Variation VI: Adagio
Variation VII: Allegro, ma non troppo
I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - Allegro molto piu tosto presto
II. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Prelude: Lento - Allegro maestoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino con moto - Allegro - Presto
III. Introduction: Andante - Allegro Vivace
I. Andante non troppo
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento: Presto
Section 1
Annunciation
The Incarnation
Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross
Christ is Risen!
The Dormition of the Mother of God
The Protecting Veil
I. Adagio - Moderato
II. Lento - Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Pesante moderato
Largo
Allegro vivace
Largo
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto con moto
III. Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro moderato e maestoso
II. Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro maestro ma appassionato
II. Adagio (con grand' espressiono)
III. Allegro molto vivace
I. Fantasia: Adagio di molto
II. Allegro con spirito - Molto adagio
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
I. Largo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegreto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro con brio
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Allegro