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Penguin Guide, January 2009

A fine new period-instrument version from Van Dael and Van Asperen on Naxos goes to the top of the list. It is beautifully played and recorded, and the violinist has a positive relationship with her distinguished keyboard partner. The set gives very great pleasure and satisfaction and includes four alternative movements for BWV 1019.



HF
Sensible Sound, September 2001

"This is a superior recording...the sound is very articulate, with a wonderful blend and surround-like ambiance."



Take Five
Gramophone, July 2001

"I was impressed by the interpretative assurance and subtlety they bring to the six Bach duo sonatas."



Haskins
American Record Guide, June 2001

"Naxos's sonics are superb...The price is unbeatable, and the disc will be a great introduction to the works for people on a tight budget."



David Denton
The Strad, February 2001

"There is a welcome flexibility in rhythm, Bach's ornaments played very quickly and slightly before the beat on which they are written. Indeed at times you feel van Dael is adding, with good taste, a slightly rustic atmosphere. The allegro movements are generally taken at a sprightly yet unhurried pace, so that the interplay between the two performers has a remarkable inner clarity. My only reservation comes in the finale of the third sonata, where the interpretation becomes a little too turbulent and aggressive. Elsewhere there is a musicianship that allows the music to emerge unscathed by performance inconsistencies."





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