re-appraisal series
msvcd 2007
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The Metier Re-appraisal series continues, presenting Beethoven's Violin Sonatas in their musical and social context by including a little known work by one of Beethoven's mentors, pupils or close associates. Here with the three Op. 12 sonatas, we have the B flat sonata by Andreas Romberg who worked closely with Beethoven for a while and whose sonata is by measure very simple yet effective. While still showing classical restraint and form more than the new Romanticism of Beethoven, it is expressionist in that it incoporates Scottish traditional tunes, hence its nickname 'Scottische'.
This series of new recordings (often premieres of the non-Beethoven works) is offered at midprice.

Other volumes in this series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5 Vol. 6
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CD DURATION:  70:10  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Romberg sonata finale (extract)







Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, Op. 12/1
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, Op. 12/2
Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, Op. 12/3
Andreas Romberg:
Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, Op. 9/2

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The velvet-toned violin of Peter Sheppard Skaerved has found an inspired partner in Aaron Shorr. Hats off to [Skaerved] whose beautifully articulated, lithe playing emerges from out of the piano's rolling textures rather than masking them. For once we are allowed to experience these glorious works as piano sonatas with violin obbligato as Skaerved weaves his way in and out of Beethoven's indomitable flights of pianistic fancy, brought stunningly to life by Aaron Shorr's perfectly regulated playing. Well-balanced engineering provides the musical icing on the cake.” – Julian Haylock (Sinfini Music)

“an Andreas Romberg sonata ... particularly charming and evocative. This sonata is played most sympathetically, and I also enjoyed the Beethoven performances, Sheppard Skærved and Shorr manage the tempi of each movement most expertly.” – Duncan Druce (Gramophone)

“If [the CD notes] seem academic or even pedantic, the performances themselves should allay any fears that they've been marred by mannerism. That's true in the First Sonata, with its first movement delivered crisply and with gusto, the variations remaining cheerful almost throughout and the Rondo sunny. The release's clear and clean recorded sound and evincing a cheerful musical outlook should make these works (Romberg's and Beethoven's alike) appeal especially to those who favor a sunny and transparent approach to Beethoven's early works. Strongly recommended to these listeners but to others as well, the performances themselves should communicate more vividly than do the detailed notes.” - Robert Maxham (Fanfare)

“Peter Sheppard Skærved and Aaron Shorr play Beethoven's sonatas with plenty of gusto and a wide dynamic range. Even at the tender age of 18, Beethoven wrote music full of surprises and abrupt dynamic changes. Excellent booklet notes.” – Joseph Magil (American Record Guide)

“ Sheppard Skaerved and Shorr do all they can with this simple-minded effusion [of the Romberg Sonata]: their playing in top-notch Beethoven is arresting, and their virtuosity in Op.12 No.3 thrilling.” - Michael Round (International Record Review)