Beethoven Explored Vols. 1-6
“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)
“This highly interesting series from the enterprising Metier label combines sterling and polished accounts of Beethoven’s violin sonatas together with rare works by his contemporaries. The recordings are quite excellent on all counts.” – Gerald Fenech (ClassicalNet)
As well as exquisite performances of the Beethoven Sonatas and rare works by others, vol. 6 is the first ever recording of the 1807 piano quartet arrangement of the 3rd Symphony, commissioned by Beethoven and produced by an unknown hand, but certainly one of the composer’s close circle.