Leeuwarder Courant, 1 January 2008
Chant du Saxophone Ténor, 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 “Songe de Coppélius” from Florent Schmitt, a piece inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman”, a story about someone who collects the eyes of sleeping children. (R.N. Leeuwarder Courant)