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James H. North
Fanfare, September 2015

Peter Sheppard Skærved’s violin playing is lovely…

This is a wild and crazy disc. I dare you to try it. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, July 2015

…the [second concerto] is given the best possible chance in this recording which derives from a live performance with [the] same soloist and Henze himself conducting. The BBC had lost the master tape but fortunately a copy turned up at the National Sound Archive and has been refurbished for this issue. The result sounds fine, and Naxos and all concerned should take a bow. Skærved offers commanding playing… The Parnassus Ensemble provide assured support and the tape is unobtrusive. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Peter Quantrill
The Strad, July 2015

…this excellent concert performance has both cool clarity and burning conviction. © 2015 The Strad Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, July 2015

…Skærved weaves his haunting presence as primus inter pares in what can be heard as expanded chamber music. A superb disc… Highly recommended. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2015

…performances are excellent, no doubt definitive. It reveals two sides to the composer, both avant pioneer and re-composer of the historic past, both post-modernist and high modernist. These two works are revelatory.

An essential recording, this is. Henze comes though in all his complexities. Bravo. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, May 2015

Il Vitalino raddoppiato is described as a ‘chaconne on a chaconne’ based on Tomasao Vitali’s Chaconne in G minor for violin and continuo. The soloist as director achieves a chamber clarity and accuracy from Ensemble Longbow. As soloist [Skærved] brings a brightness, joy and panache…

[Henze’s Violin Concerto No. 2] is a strange, puzzling, yet at times very fine work in an authoritative performance from Peter Sheppard Skærved, Hans Werner Henze and the Parnassus Ensemble. The sound quality of the…recording is top notch, with fine detail.

This new release is surely a must for all devotees of Henze and 20th century adventurous music. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, April 2015

Sometimes acerbic, sometimes achingly beautiful, in many ways it’s the epitome of so much of Henze’s music. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review





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