"... this recording is a valuable addition to the canon recorded on the modern piano."
John Collins - The Consort (The Journal of the Dolmetsch Foundation, Vol 70) - Summer 2014
“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
“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
"...The release’s clear and clean recorded sound (miked at a respectful distance) and evincing a cheerful musical outlook that 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 vivily than do the detailed notes."
Robert Maxham - Fanfare - January/February 2014
"This sonata [Romberg’s] is played most sympathetically, and I also enjoyed the Beethoven performances ... This sonata is played most sympatically, and I also enjoyed the Beethoven performances. Sheppard Skaeved and Shorr manage the tempi of each movement most expertly ..."
Duncan Druce - Gramophone magazine - November 2013
“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
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