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ONSLOW, G.: Cello Sonatas, Op. 16, Nos. 1-3 (Kliegel, Tichmann)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Maria Kliegel


Nina Tichmann



Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal

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Total Time - 70:22
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ONSLOW, G.: Cello Sonatas, Op. 16, Nos. 1-3 (Kliegel, Tichmann)

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Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 16, No. 1

1 I. Allegro 7:57
 Nina Tichmann Soloist
2 II. Andante 8:36
 Nina Tichmann Soloist
3 III. Allegretto 5:27
 Maria Kliegel Soloist

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 16, No. 2

4 I. Allegro espressivo 12:22
 Maria Kliegel Soloist
5 II. Menuetto: Allegro 6:35
 Maria Kliegel Soloist
6 III. Adagio cantabile 6:30
 Maria Kliegel Soloist
7 IV. Finale: Allegretto 5:35
 Maria Kliegel Soloist

Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 16, No. 3

8 I. Allegro vivace 8:02
 Maria Kliegel Soloist
9 II. Adagio - 2:40
 Nina Tichmann Soloist
10 III. Finale: Agitato e molto espressivo 6:38
 Nina Tichmann Soloist

Georges Onslow was descended from an aristocratic English family, his paternal grandfather being the first Earl of Onslow. Georges was born in France, where he studied, though he also took lessons from Dussek and Cramer in London. His esteem was such that he later succeeded to Cherubini’s chair of music in Paris. He was famed for his chamber music, and the three Cello Sonatas, Op 16, completed in 1820, were compared with those of Beethoven. They represent some of the finest such sonatas to be written in France in the first half of the nineteenth century.

"... Although lighter and more genial than the greater composer’s, they frequently call to mind passages from Beethoven’s five such composition ... Onslow’s cello sonatas are however attractive and well-crafted works in the late Classical style, which make for rewarding listening..."

Janet Banks - The Strad magazine - August 2013

"... It is good to hear Maria Kliegel again. Her warm sound is a pleasure ... They enjoy themselves with this expansive yet classically phrased music. Altogether, it is a worthwhile project well handled by all, including the engineers..."

David W Moore - American Record Guide - July/August 2013

"... I cannot praise this disc highly enough. These are great works, and a fine addition to the repertoire of virtually any perforing cellist or pianist who engages in chamber music."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - July/August 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 highy expressive performances."  ****

Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine -(Brief Notes section) - May 2013

 Artistic Quality 9       Sound Quality 9

"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."
David Vernier - - March 2013

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