Leeuwarder Courant, 1 January 2008
Chant du Saxophone TĂ©nor, Compositions from Glazounov, Schumann, Schmitt and others.
Under the richly coloured, deep tones of the saxophone you find a sparkling piano part...The saxophone playing of Niels Bijl is A Class. With his natural phrasing and fantastic insight he performs his own transcriptions of Robert Schumann and Alexander Glazounov lyrically and full of subtlety. Compositions from others are also perfectly executed. This includes â€śSonge de CoppĂ©liusâ€ť from Florent Schmitt, a piece inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmanâ€™s â€śThe Sandmanâ€ť, a story about someone who collects the eyes of sleeping children. (R.N. Leeuwarder Courant)