Champion of musical Romanticism"
power, virtuosity and versatility of Shaw's playing continues to astound
the listener. His dynamic range is outstanding, from the merest whisper
of sound, to the powerful fortissimi which rocked the ceiling but somehow
maintained the musicality which was never absent from his playing."
"Shaw demonstrated an artistic sensibility that went below the surface.
Unlike some more celebrated artists, his playing was well worth the listening.
A profoundly insightful performance."
is drawn in by Paul Shaw's expressive delivery. The emotional impact of
his artistry is superb. Schubert's Sonata in B-flat was poised and aristocratic.
Shaw's phrasing was elegant, his sense of rhythm impressive and his use
of color unusually compelling."
"In what many would classify as the highlight of this Beethoven's birthday
concert, Paul Shaw was a musical stylist of the first order in the Piano
Concerto No. 1 in C major. Shaw was authoritative at every turn. He was
solid at the bright first movement, displayed a songlike tone in the largo
second movement and a feathery touch in the finale. Everything was done
with a broad smile that stretched to the last seat in the balcony. What
makes music pleasurable are hands and heart. Shaw has heaps of both."