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Recording Schubert Sonatas. December 2015

Recording Schubert Sonatas. December 2015

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Biagio Marini, at the desk 6 2 16

Biagio Marini's 'Capriccio' & Orlando Inamorata (both published in Venice in the 1620s)

Biagio Marini’s ‘Capriccio’ & Orlando Inamorata (both published in Venice in the 1620s)

Biagio Marini-Capriccio (imitation of a Lira) Op 8 (Published Venice 1627)
Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Andrea Amati 1570, Bow by Antonino Airenti 2010
Workshop Recording, at the desk Wapping 6 2 16

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Back to Mozart-3 2 16 London

Rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 3 2 16 for Concert 2, Mozart Salons at Wiltons Music Hall https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/114-the-mozart-salons-concert-two

Rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 3 2 16 for Concert 2, Mozart Salons at Wiltons Music Hall https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/114-the-mozart-salons-concert-two

30th January-David Matthews Complete Quartets, Volume 4, is here!!

David Matthews-Complete Quartets, Volume 4

David Matthews-Complete Quartets, Volume 4

It’s here. David Matthews Quartets Volume 4. With thanks to all involved. David himself, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde, Martin Anderson, David M Baker, Jonathan Haskell, Adaq Khan. Now order hard copy (great programme notes and design) or e materials from:https://toccataclassics.com/…/matthews-string-quartets-four/

29th January-Henze, and an inspiring mystery. More to follow

The viola... and my score of Henze Viola Sonata, which I will be recording with Roderick Chadwick

The viola… and my score of Henze Viola Sonata, which I will be recording with Roderick Chadwick. ON my practice desk, midnight, 29th January

Practice. Perfect (and mysterious) viola for Henze-Sonata.

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28th January-a joyful day with the Kreutzer Quartet

On stage, introducing works by Mihailo Trandafilovski, Michael Finnissy. Sadie Harrison, Richard Beaudoin, and David Matthews. Deptford Town Hall (Goldsmiths) 28 1 16. With Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde

On stage, introducing works by Mihailo Trandafilovski, Michael Finnissy. Sadie Harrison, Richard Beaudoin, and David Matthews. Deptford Town Hall (Goldsmiths) 28 1 16. With Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde

27th January Inspirations

Yesterday was a fantastic day. It began with a rehearsal with pianist Roderick Chadwick of Henze. This is in preparation for a recording of the Sonatas for violin and for viola, which we will make in the next couple of months for Naxos. Our focus was on the ‘Sonatina’, which Henze built from material from his children’s opera ‘Policino’. Every time that I play his music, I am astonished by the ability to evoke a complete world, and a heightened emotional state, almost immediately. The three short movements of Sonatina are a classic example of this, and Roderick’s visionary approach to piano sound ‘lit the blue touchpaper’ of this process immediately.

Roderick Chadwick: Every note that he plays, even if he is just demonstrating a single chord, is suffused with his unique ear for colour and meaning

Roderick Chadwick: Every note that he plays, even if he is just demonstrating a single chord, is suffused with his unique ear for colour and meaning

The afternoon was equally full of wonder; I sat down with my colleagues from the Kreutzer Quartet to work on Michael Finnissy’s wonderful piano quintet dialogues with Edvard Grieg. The session was enlivened by the presence of John Dilworth. John is one of the great makers, and it was a great privilege, that he wanted to just sit and listen to musicians at work; but it’s logical too. His unique ear for sound and wood, is the result of listening.

Cellist Neil Heyde with luthier John Dilworth. The never ending counterpoint between players and makers.

Cellist Neil Heyde with luthier John Dilworth. The never ending counterpoint between players and makers.

And then, I met with composer David Gorton, to work on the latest of his Caprices for solo violin, number 8.  David’s 1st Caprice was written for me to premiere in the British Museum, and this latest one will be premiered there, on the 19th February. It’s based on John Dowland’s Lachrymae, and a real test of graceful, modal scale playing. It’s already a favourite. After such a day, I just floated home.

Wich David Gorton, and his Caprice No 8. A fantastic ear for line, colour and meaning

Wich David Gorton, and his Caprice No 8. A fantastic ear for line, colour and meaning

26th January-the joy of pracice

After a wonderful day: Matthews & Finnissy with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison and Neil Heyde, and a morning practising David Gorton’s Dowland Caprice and transcriptions, a calm night at the desk with Lorenziti’s solo Gluck transcriptions & memory of a great day of collaboration and friendship, for company.

Practice 25-6/1/16

Practice 25-6/1/16

20th January 2016-A wonderful collaborator.

It’s a great pleasure to officially welcome the spectacular American viola-player, Clifton Harrison, to the Kreutzer Quartet. We had our first public outing today, playing Mihailo Trandafilovski’s ‘Fibers AND Coils’ at the Excel Centre. The first chance that you will have to hear us in action, will be at the Deptford Town Hall, on the 28th January, 730, playing Finnissy, David Matthews and more. Here we are, rehearsing at my home in Wapping. Concentration, conversation, tea, coffee, laughter.

Kreutzer Quartet in rehearsal. PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde. 20 1 16Photo: Malene Skaerved

Kreutzer Quartet in rehearsal. PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde. 20 1 16Photo: Malene Skaerved

On February 19th, I will be playing a concert of works linked to the Waddesdon Room at the British Museum, with the wonderful harpsichordist, Julian Perkins. Here’s a link Link

14th January-Amati meets Thomas Urquhart

Today, in conversation, Benjamin Hebbert, who is always fascinating, pointed out the  similar arching in the ‘Ole Bull’ Nicolo Amati (1647) and a London-made violin by Thomas Urquhart (1663). We took this photo, which really makes the point.

Violins by Nicolo Amati (1647) and Thomas Urquhart (1663)

Violins by Nicolo Amati (1647) and Thomas Urquhart (1663)

He observes:

‘The most amazing thing is that a maker in Westminster, connected to the Royal Court would have been making highly observed copies of Amatis that belonged to the royal musical establishment. Fascinating evidence of what Royal musicians at the time of Purcell would have been familiar with.'(14/1/16)

Go to Violins and violinists, for a chance to read his insightful writing on Urquhart, Charles II, and Purcell

17th January-Online release of Edward Cowie ‘In Flight Music’

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Now you can go to the NMC website to listen to/buy Edward Cowie’s fantastic 3rd, 4th

http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/flight-music

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9th January 2016 Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Il Ritorno’ on Dartmoor

Peter rehearsing 'Il Ritorno' at Mortonhampstead Church on Dartmoor 9 1 16

Peter rehearsing ‘Il Ritorno’ at Mortonhampstead Church on Dartmoor 9 1 16

After the Mozart concert, composer Michael Alec Rose and I caught the early train to Dartmoor to spend an inspiring, weatherbeaten day, walking, and rehearsing his ‘Il Ritorno’ on the Moor. The world premiere of this piece there, in June, will be presented by the National Park Authority – a truly enlightened gesture towards the music of our time. More here LINK

Mozart Sonatas at Wilton’s Music Hall:

Mozart at Wilton's Music Hall. With Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 8 1 16

Mozart at Wilton’s Music Hall. With Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 8 1 16

A great day:Mozart, Michael Alec Rose, at the BBC and Soundbox

An absolute joy Mozart with Daniel-Ben Pienaar. BBC Broadcasting House 7 1 16

An absolute joy Mozart with Daniel-Ben Pienaar. BBC Broadcasting House 7 1 16

Two roses: Michael Alec Rose and Gregory Rose at Soundbox, then with Daniel Ben Pienaar at BBC Broadcasting house. Listen here, from about 10′ in Mozart K 304, and the world premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Song’ inspired by Mozart.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tlxvw

Premiering Michael Alec Rose 'Song' on BBC Radio 3 7 1 16

Premiering Michael Alec Rose ‘Song’ on BBC Radio 3 7 1 16

 

The Challenge of ‘what is a violin’?

Rehearsing on Paganini's del Gesu 'the Cannon'. Genoa 2007. Photo Richard Bram

Rehearsing on Paganini’s del Gesu ‘the Cannon’. Genoa 2007. Photo Richard Bram

Thinking about the amazing things that I have learnt from so many extraordinary instruments, new and old, and I realise, that in many ways, the most liberating challenge, the instrument that made me realise, that I needed to always be open to new possibilities of what a violin is, was this one. (there’s a bit from me in this article) Rehearsing in Genoa, 2007. Photo Richard Bram http://tarisio.com/…/cozio-cart…/the-paganini-cannon-violin/

A New Year! posted 6 1 16

This week starts my year off with three wonderful projects, in as many days. The pace is only likely to hot up, so it will be exciting. Tomorrow at 1230 pm I will present the first installment of Soundbox LINK. This week I am delighted to welcome back my dear friend and colleague Michael Alec Rose, talking about our walking/composing/playing/painting/writing project on Dartmoor. LINK

The work begins. Revelling in the latest movement of Michael Alec Rose?'s series based on Dartmoor, in the lovely space of the Ingram Hall Foyer, Nashville. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2013/09/michael-alec-rose-pre-amble-world-premiere/

Working with Michael Alec Rose in Nashville 2014

After Soundbox, we will meet up with the wonderful pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, and go over to Broadcasting House, where, at 430pm, we will play Mozart and Rose live, and talk about the first of the Wilton’s Music Hall ‘Mozart Salons’

Rehearsing Mozart with the fantastic Daniel Ben Pienaar. December 2015

Rehearsing Mozart with the fantastic Daniel Ben Pienaar. December 2015

Then it’s back to the Royal Academy of Music, and the same evening, the opening of my exhibition (co-curated with Johanna Tapp ‘Yehudi Menuhin-Journeys with a Violin’ LINK

A last check. 'Journeys with a Violin' 15 12 15

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, with his exhibition.’Yehudi Menuhin’Journeys with a Violin’ 15 12 15

On Friday 8th, the first of our Mozart Sonata series at Wilton’s Music Hall. This is absolutely my artistic home, so I am very excited to launch this fantastic new series. LINK

19th century neo-classicism at Wiltons Music Hall. Photo Male ne Skaerved 3 12 15

19th century neo-classicism at Wiltons Music Hall. Photo Male ne Skaerved 3 12 15