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Beethoven Explored Vol 1 / Skaerved, Shorr

Beethoven / Skaerved / Shorr
Release Date: 07/29/2003 
Label:  Metier   Catalog #: 2003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Erherzog RudolphLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Sheppard SkaervedAaron Shorr
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the possible exception of J.S.Bach, Beethoven is probably the most thoroughly explored of all major composers on record. So what is this intriguing series up to? Today the lesser-known Beethoven works tend to be early ones, but not these. All these are duos for piano and violin, and the Sonata is described as being for a piano with violin accompaniment, though it can confidently be regarded as as a violin sonata. A substantial four-movement work, classical in form, it was the last that Beethoven wrote for this combination, and reveals the composer in genial and gentle mood. Why Archduke Rudolf – Beethoven’s friend and patron – is featured in a rather formal set of variations is something of a mystery. It is a competent, if somewhat Read more academic, work but isn’t there plenty more Beethoven for this combination left to explore?

This is a splendid start for what appears to be an ongoing project for this ambitious new UK label from deepest Wiltshire. These first-rate performers clearly love and deeply understand the music, their rapport is impeccable and the insights they provide into Beethoven’s mid-period style are fascinating. Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s noble Strad serves the music proudly, and clearly benefits from the support of a modern pianoforte rather than the fortepiano that nowadays might be expected. The recording quality is admirable.

Beethoven specialised in variations, where he could explore the sonorities and textures of simple tunes with his characteristic inventiveness and humour. The Rondo may be familiar in a version for solo piano, though I am not sure whether the composer’s autograph confirms this. Not all the piano variations are suitable recital material, but the twelve Mozart ones on an aria from The Marriage of Figaro as heard on this disc are a treasure.

The insert booklet is rambling and diffuse, but who cares; this is a highly desirable addition to any Beethoven archive.

-- Roy Brewer, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a Menuetto (Prince Ferdinand) in F major, for violin and piano by Erherzog Rudolph
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810 
Date of Recording: 02/24/2000 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/24/2000 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Rondo for Violin and Piano in G major, WoO 41 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1999 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Variations (12) for Violin and Piano on "Se vuol ballare", WoO 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792-1793; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2000 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96: II. Adagio espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96: III. Scherzo: Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96: IV. Poco allegretto
Rondo in G major, WoO 41
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Thema: Allegretto
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 1: Sempre dolce
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 2: Sempre staccato
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 3: Sempre piano e legato
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 4
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 5
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 6: Espressivo - Sostenuto
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 7: Espressivo - Sempre sostenuto
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 8: Sempre dolce
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 9
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 10: Sempre dolce
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 11
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Variation 12
12 Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 40: Coda
Variations in F major: Thema: Tempo di Menuetto
Variations in F major: Variation 1
Variations in F major: Variation 2: Staccato
Variations in F major: Variation 3
Variations in F major: Variation 4
Variations in F major: Variation 5: Canone in Ottava
Variations in F major: Variation 6: Piu lento dolce e cantabile
Variations in F major: Variation 7: Alla polacca non molto
Variations in F major: Variation 8: Minore. Adagio molto
Variations in F major: Finale: Maggiore. Allegro - Presto - Adagio - Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 You Can't Go Wrong - Beethoven and Mozart Collabo November 1, 2014 By Stephen Rauscher (Yardley, PA) See All My Reviews "While the other pieces on this CD are enjoyable and well played the real gem is "Se voul ballare" variations. The variations are inventive and delightful and capture the spirit of the original aria and Figaro's personality." Report Abuse
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