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By Jen-yen Chen
Early Music America
"The playing of Napper and Little demonstrates a sure mastery of the virtuoso challenges of this music and ranges flexibly between a richly resonant sound and a lively rhythmic energy, according to the differing moods of the sonata movements. The combination of interesting, unusual repertoire with a sympathetic and convincing performance from first-rate musicians justifies a favorable recommendation for this fine new disc."
By Olivier Opdebeeck
Johannes Schenck (1660-after 1712), born in Amsterdam, was a composer whose work represented an early synthesis of French, German and Italian styles. Le Nymphe di Rheno par due Viole da Gamba sole, Opus 8, (The Nymphs of the Rhine for two Solo Violas da Gamba) was published in Amsterdam between 1697 and 1706. Opus 8 is a set of twelve sonatas or suites with an Italian title but a style that suggests French influences. The first six sonatas are performed in this first volume, and the various changes of mood and dance require both technical agility and a deep sensitivity to this graceful, plaintive and often profound musical expression. Upon hearing such richness, one is immediately reminded of the first encounter with the music of Marin Marais.
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