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Julie Anne Sadie
Gramophone, September 2001

"With this CD Susie Napper and Margaret Little complete their two-volume set of these little-known works (Volume 1 was issued by Naxos as 8.554414), of which the 12th Sonata, with its dramatic opening scales and deceptive harmonies, its lilting Aria, fierce Corrente and relentlessly syncopated Allegro-Presto, is the best.

"Collectively known as Les Voix Humaines, Napper and Little are extremely accomplished players with extraordinary precision and exquisite intonation."

Olivier Opdebeeck
Diapason, September 2001

David W Moore
American Record Guide, August 2001

"Johannes Schenck (1660-after 1712) was from Amsterdam and was perhaps the most prolific baroque composer for the viols outside France. His music is rich and inventive. The 12 sonatas in this series are of both kinds: da chiesa and da camera. Volume 1 was reviewed last issue. Volume 2 is just as lovely, played with panache by Susie Napper and Margaret Little. We could use more Schenck from this source: ensemble is excellent and performances are lively and poetic, as nymphs are wont to be."

David Preiser, June 2001

"This disc features the second half of the 12 sonatas (actually suites of dance movements) that make up The Nymphs of the Rhine Op. 8 by the fascinating 17th century Dutch-German composer Johannes Schenck. A master gambist, Schenck's absolute knowledge of the potential of the instrument is on full display in these superbly crafted, colorful works, and Susie Napper and Margaret Little, the players in Les Voix Humaines, possess superb skill and incisive musical instincts. The dialogue between the instruments seems effortless, allowing Schenck's cosmopolitan blend of musical languages to speak naturally. Just listen to the gentle weeping of the Menuet, or to the highly expressive Allegro "Aria" of the E minor sonata, with its delicately interlaced musings.

"A real treat is the Rondeau of the C minor sonata--the opening eerily imitates the drone of a bagpipe (complete with the characteristic swell up to the first note), as the tune, reminiscent of a sober Breton folk song, dances on. Throughout this recording the musicians engage as much technical and interpretive facility as required to effectively capture the music's wide variety of manners and moods. Naxos' sound has a bit of a metallic edge, but is certainly full and clear. If you already have the excellent first volume of The Nymphs of the Rhine, then you'll surely want this one too. If not, then this is a fine introduction to some terrific music."

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