"[Rochberg’s] sonata of 1988… conveying intense feeling. The Variations… intricate solo violin work.. always with purpose and impact.”
Phillip Sommerich - Classical Music magazine July 2011
"...The sound on these two discs is very fine, the Variations recorded in 2000 and the Sonata in 2004. Both are quite warm, and the playing by Rochberg friend Peter Sheppard Skærved must be considered definitive in this instance. Warmly recommended."
Steven Ritter - Audiophile Audition - 30 January 2012
“This quirky, witty, beautiful and often bewildering 90-minute work’s sense of shape and purpose feels brilliantly complete.”
Catherine Nelson - The Strad
“ I have to say that Skærved sounds amazing. He’s playing the 1734 Habeneck Strad. Kudos to Metier’s David Lefeber for capturing the instrument and Skærved’s passionate playing. These variations-on-variations have grown on me and it’s a treat to hear a Strad sound so good.”
Grant Chu Covell - La Folia
“...the journey is an impressive one… I have no hesitation in recommending it”
Peter Grahame Woolf - Musical Pointers
“...the performance is so compelling that interest never wavers; the recording is fine; and it doesn’t matter where the music came from since this magnificent instrument enjoys every note. “
Peter Dickinson - Gramophone Magazine
“What a recording!… violinist Skaerved, playing on Francois-Antoine Habeneck’s 1734 Strad, handles the work’s many terrors with appropriate style and gusto. These are 51 dazzling variations on Paganini’s wellworn tune. It’s a thrill a minute, and it’s outrageous enough to impress Paganini himself”
Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide
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