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listen  1. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 1 in B minor: I. Adagio - Presto - AdagioMargaret Little 2:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 1 in B minor: III. CorrenteMargaret Little 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 1 in B minor: IV. Sarabanda - VariatioSusie Napper 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 1 in B minor: V. Giga: VivaceMargaret Little 2:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 2 in A minor: I. AllegroSusie Napper 1:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 2 in A minor: II. AllemandaMargaret Little 2:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 2 in A minor: III. CorrenteSusie Napper 2:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 2 in A minor: IV. SarabandeMargaret Little 2:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 2 in A minor: V. GigaSusie Napper 1:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 3 in D major: I. AdagioMargaret Little 1:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 3 in D major: II. Allegro - Adagio - AllegroMargaret Little 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 3 in D major: III. Adagio - AllegroMargaret Little 3:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 4 in A major: I. CiaconaSusie Napper 4:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 4 in A major: II. BoureeMargaret Little 1:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 4 in A major: III. RondeauSusie Napper 1:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 4 in A major: IV. MenuetMargaret Little 1:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 5 in F major: I. AllegroSusie Napper 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 5 in F major: II. AdagioMargaret Little 1:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 5 in F major: III. Aria Polonese: AllegroSusie Napper0:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: I. AdagioSusie Napper 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: II. AllegroSusie Napper 1:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: III. AdagioSusie Napper0:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: IV. Allemanda: LargoSusie Napper 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: V. CorrenteSusie Napper 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: VI. Sarabanda: AdagioSusie Napper 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. Le nymphe di Rheno, Op. 8: Sonata No. 6 in G minor: VII. GigaSusie Napper 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Les Voix Humaines
  • Composer: Johannes Schenck
  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000053W48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Baroque fans, take note: You'll want this CD. Dutch composer Johannes Schenck is about as obscure a figure as you could ask for, a virtuoso of the viola da gamba who served as a Dusseldorf court musician and composer and died sometime after 1712. But his 12 sonatas for two solo gambas, titled The Nymphs of the Rhine, are simply magnificent. And this disc, for now, is the only way to hear this chamber music on CD (a second volume from Naxos contains the latter six sonatas). Susie Napper and Margaret Little, members of the Baroque ensemble Les Voix Humaines, deliver stirring performances that emphasize the gorgeous lyricism found in these compositions. These dance suites are full of long singing lines for the two solo instruments, and you'll probably hear hints of Marin Marais and Arcangelo Corelli in their interplay. Schenck's works aren't as powerful as either of those two greats (there's a reason most of us haven't heard of him, right?), but they do boast some dramatic counterpoint and a melodic beauty that's charming, to say the least. The concept of music for two viola da gambas may sound strange, but these works are warm and inviting. Words simply can't do justice to the great playing and lovely music heard on this bargain-priced disc. Just get it; you won't be sorry. --Jason Verlinde

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bibliomane01 on June 25, 2001
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Johannes Schenck is far from being a household name for us 21st century baroque fans, so kudos to Naxos for taking a chance on his "Nymphs of the Rhine" sonatas for viola da gamba. I admit that I would never have thought of buying this recording if I hadn't found it while browsing Amazon, read the encouraging earlier review and listened to the extracts. The disc features the first six performed by the duo Les Voix Humaines, and a fine job they do! Pleasing counterpoint and impressive virtuosity by the musicians. If you like this sort of music, Schenck is well worth a try and I'm looking forward to the next set.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis R. Winter on March 13, 2002
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I happened on this recording by accident. Naxos and Arte Nova have a good collection of Dresen pre-classical school. You know, Ditterstorf and so on.
I thought this another listenable, bland imitation of early Mozart. But....
You are in a dark room listening to your own mind. Deep and contemplative and removed from time and place.
A few years ago, Jordi Savall championed Marin Marais who wrote for one of the Louis's with similar solo musings.
This music, however, is not written for a King, but for us.
Try it, it's cheap but I cannot see anyone who likes any kind of music not thinking and feeling otherwise afterwords and wanting to listen again, and again.
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