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Polonaises were the rage of Congress Vienna, even if Czar Alexander might have been politically less willing to dance them than some; so Mayseder's finale was fashionable as well as tonally adventurous and ready for contrapuntal games [listen -- track 12, 0:00-1:14]. Here Peter Sheppard Skaerved seems thoroughly at home, with nice rhythmic sense and technical assurance. Whether he matched the daredevil playing of the 'mulatto' George Bridgetower which so astonished Beethoven in the 'Kreutzer', I doubt. To my ear his playing is occasionally on the flat side. This may be because most violinists, for increased brilliance, tend to play slightly sharp. Nonetheless, the effect makes for some wanness when pitted against the pounding pianism of Aaron Shorr.

Copyright © 14 April 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


Beethoven Explored - Volume 2

MSV CD2004 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 66'00" 2003 Metier Sound & Vision Ltd

Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin; Aaron Shorr, piano

Music by Beethoven and his contemporaries: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata for piano and violin in A Op 47 'Kreutzer'; 6 Deutsche Tänze WoO 42; Joseph Mayseder (1789-1863): Sonata in E flat for violin and piano


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