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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 and 3 / ROMBERG, A.J.: Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, "Schottische" (Beethoven Explored) (Skaerved, Shorr)

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release date: October 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Aaron Shorr


Peter Sheppard Skaerved



St. John's, Smith Square, London, United Kingdom


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Total Time - 70:06
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 and 3 / ROMBERG, A.J.: Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, "Schottische" (Beethoven Explored) (Skaerved, Shorr)

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Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

1 I. Allegro con brio 08:33
2 II. Theme and Variations: Andante con moto 06:41
3 III. Rondo: Allegro 04:34

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2

4 I. Allegro vivace 06:10
5 II. Andante, piu tosto. Allegretto 05:23
6 III. Allegro piacevole 04:45

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3

7 I. Allegro con spirito 08:28
8 II. Adagio con molto espressione 06:25
9 III. Rondo: Allegro molto 04:09



Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2, "Schottische"

10 I. Allegro non molto 07:19
11 II. Larghetto cantabile 03:33
12 III. Allegretto 04:06
 Peter Sheppard Skaerved Soloist
 Aaron Shorr Soloist

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 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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