Thesaurus of violinistic Fiendishness
The composer Paul Pellay describes this immense and absorbing work as ’acompositional diary of the two years it took to write’ and says that a number of his preoccupations became part of its fabric - from autobiographical elements, to his interest in abstract constructions, to the art of Goya and the poetry of Ungaretti, political concerns and the odd ’nod’ in the direction of other composers - it is far more approachable music than muchother virtuoso solo violin music but fiendish certainly in its virtuosity and concept.
"...A very great deal more approachable than the title would suggest...Skærved is an excellent British player famed for his performances of the Bach solo partitas and sonatas... The acoustic of the delightful small village church in Hertfordshire is not really very atmospherically captured by the rather close recording - it could well be a normal recording studio - but at least it enables us to hear every detail of Skærved’s superlatively skilful playing."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - 18 May 2012