Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh ( 1991 ), together with Russian pianist Magda Amara, play a very lively, yet at the same time very sensitive, profound and warmhearted interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov’s cello sonata opus 19. Deep feelings, fine nuancing without emotionalism or too much sweetness; Nothing is compromised here, also not in the playing of the pianist, who gives shape to the frequently virtuoso piano part in an exceptionally transparent way, so that the cello very rarely, and if so only slightly, retreats to the background.

Besides the cello sonata smaller pieces were heard, including the famous “Vocalise”, an “Elegie”, and the Romance opus 4/3. Here once again both interpreters play with great verve and large imagination.

2016 01 28 www.pizzicato.lu (Luxembourg)

Classical Music. On Monday, November 16th, her playing is to be experienced live in the Musikverein Vienna; as a sampler to start with one can hear the fabulous Austrian-Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh perform Rachmaninov. A virtuoso, who, together with pianist Magda Amara, perfects and instills life to the cello sonata in G flat as well as other pieces.

2015 11 15, Kurier (Austria)

This past Wednesday Krijgh re-visited the small hall of the Concertgebouw. Together with her regular duo-partner Magda Amara at the piano she played Mendelssohn’s second cello sonata and Rachmaninov’s sonata in G minor. Striking was: her robust tone, a beautifully even stroke and sometimes a selfwilled fingering.But above all Krijgh differentiates with characterful playing: she has fully absorbed each note and developed a clear vision of her own.

She is not someone to obediently paint within the boxes, but a cellist with an old soul, an original musician of the type who does turn the pages of her scores, but subsequently plays on with closed eyes. From behind her serious facial expressions pleasure seeps through.That too makes it a beautiful experience to see her play.

2015 11 20, NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands)

…Not only did Elgar’s cello concert not dissolve with late blooming melancholy,  it also towered above all as an most impressive document of quiet, glorious escape from reality:  a critical contribution to this was made by the 24 year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, whose internalized, highly differentiated playing possessed an extraordinary charm – not less so in the encore of the Bach Sarabande.

2015 11 04, Cologne City Gazette (Germany)

Young Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is a shooting star on the classical music scene, and conductor Sir Neville Marriner (91 years of age) probably the longest standing leader in the world wide orchestra landscape. In the concert hall the two have just made a guest performance together with the late romantic cello concerto of the Britisch composer Edward Elgar. This constellation reminds of the epoch-making encounter between French cellist Jacqueline du Pre and British conductor Sir John Barbirolli in the 60’s. Here once again a young soloist and an old orchestra master gave new shape to the Elgar concert. Remarkable is too that Harriet Krijgh with her long, wavy blond hair also physically resembles Jacqueline du Pre somewhat.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields makes music as fresh and blithesome under guidance of their founder as he conducts. Marriner still swings his conductor’s baton while standing and chooses dashing tempi like in his younger years. That is again and again astonishing. Even more impressive however is the technically perfect as well as highly sensitive playing of the cellist, who elicits from her instrument the smallest color nuances and a piano of transcendental melodiousness. We will hear about this musician many times to come.

2015 10 31, Westdeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

Nowhere does Conductor Neville Marriner have more intimate friends
..Later on, in the cello concerto, the solo instrument  plays  less of a virtuoso role rather than one inclining towards rhapsodic  melancholy. As “Rising Star” Dutch cellist Harriet krijgh sits on the stage. With exceptional tenderness she makes  her cello  sound lyrical. The vibrato: a dream. She makes a serious, sovereign impression. (Armin Kaumanns)

2015 10 31,Rheinische Post (Germany)