Welcome page-archive-end 2013

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by


'Facing Enlightenment' 13 12 13 British Museum. Playing Matteis with the fantastic Julian Perkins. Diana Mathews waiting to play...

‘Facing Enlightenment’ 13 12 13 British Museum. Playing Matteis with the fantastic Julian Perkins. Diana Mathews waiting to play…

26th December 2013. Inspired by wonderful days of candlelit conversation with friends, and a gift of Samuel Pepy’s Diary, I found myself playing Nicolao Matteis at the table this evening.

Nicolao Matteis-Selected Preludes (Peter Sheppard Skaerved) Andrea Amati 1560 (bow by Antonino Arienti 2011)(workshop recording-at the desk!)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Samuel Pepys-'Novemb. 19th 1674. I hear that stupendous violin, Sig. Nicholao (with other rare musicians), whom I never heard mortal man exceed on that instrument. He had a stroak so sweete, and made it speak like the voice of a man, and, when he pleas’d, like a consort of several instruments. He did wonders upon a note, and was an excellent composer. … nothing approached the violin in Nicholao’s hand. He plaied such ravishing things as astonished us all.”'

Samuel Pepys-‘Novemb. 19th 1674. I hear that stupendous violin, Sig. Nicholao (with other rare musicians), whom I never heard mortal man exceed on that instrument. He had a stroak so sweete, and made it speak like the voice of a man, and, when he pleas’d, like a consort of several instruments. He did wonders upon a note, and was an excellent composer. … nothing approached the violin in Nicholao’s hand. He plaied such ravishing things as astonished us all.”’

Nicola Matteis, by Godfrey Kneller

Nicola Matteis, by Godfrey Kneller

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Duo 2 

Workshop recording (19 12 13)

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick-Piano

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The last rehearsal of the year, a joyous morning playing Mihailo Trandafilovski’s 2 ‘Duos’ with Roderick Chadwick (we are recording them in a month). We first played No2 4 years ago, but had no documentation, so, in advance of the recording, here is the LO-FI sneak peak from the rehearsal-and, a picture, taken at the premiere, by Richard Bram

Roderick Chadwick rehearsing his 'Duo 2' with  composer/violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski (right) and Peter Sheppard Skaerved, at Wiltons. May 2009

Roderick Chadwick rehearsing his ‘Duo 2’ with composer/violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski (right) and Peter Sheppard Skaerved, at Wiltons. May 2009

10660888944_0765c0bb11_b

Composer David Gorton is moving towards a large-scale work for strings, rooted in the Lachrymae  of John Dowland. To begin the process, he has arranged this work, and Byrd and Randall’s take on it for strings. I have then made a ‘next step’ throwing Dowland and Gorton into the same space, collapsing material from David’s Caprices and Austeriy Measures onto the bass line from Dowland’s work. The workshop door wide open. This page is actually part of the process, as he and I exchange ideas.

On the 13th December at 630 pm, see where this leads, as we bring this material, plus Matteis, Walther, and other composers, to the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. LINK

 

John Dowland-Arranged David Gorton-Lachrymae

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

William Bryd/John Dowland-Lachrymae 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 William Randall/Dowland-Arranged David Gorton-Lachrymae 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

David Gorton/Dowland – Layering Caprices 4 & 7, with Lachrymae basso

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

John Dowland-Arranged David Gorton-Lachrymae (3-part version)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Workshop session. Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski-Violinst, Lucy Railton-Cello, Diana Mathews-Viola 11 12 13

Mihailo Trandafilovski has just completed a piece which he describes as the kernel of much of his recent large-scale chamber and choral works- ‘Arc-en-Ciel’. This 4 minute piece is filled with the vertiginous rhapsody that characterises much of his work. We are premiering it together at the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum-at 630pm on the 12th December (Admission Free). 

Here’s more information. LINK

This evening (11th December), I enjoyed our rehearsal of this piece so much that I could not resist sharing it. A workshop/rehearsal recording-so excuse the recording quality….

Mihailo Trandafilovsi-‘Arc-en-ciel’ (2013)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Violins -Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Amati 1629), Mihailo Trandafilovski (Maggini 16??)

With my dear friend and colleague from Macedonia, Mihailo Trandafilovski.(Photo Marius Skaerved)

With my dear friend and colleague from Macedonia, Mihailo Trandafilovski.(Photo Marius Skaerved)

 

Hands. Talking/ Playing. Bergen September 2013. Photo Jarle Moe

Hands. Talking/ Playing. Bergen September 2013. Photo Jarle Moe

Today (4th December 2013) I found that David Matthews’ music is surrounding me. The quartet is rehearsing the 2nd and 3 Quartets to complete Volume 3 of our complete Matthews Quartets on Toccata Classics. In addition, he has just finished his transcription of all the Beethoven Op 119 ‘Bagatelles’ for the Kreutzers-and the score just arrived, together with a new violin version of his ‘Albumleaf for Sally’ dedicated to Sally Cavender, of Faber Music, his publisher, who are responsible for the wonderful new imprint of his ’15 Fugues’, written for me, in an edition which we prepared together.

 

David Matthews-‘Album Leaf for Sally’ (2013 Version for Violin)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

(Workshop Recording-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Amati 1629,  Wapping 4 12 13)

On the practice desk, all at once. Matthews Quartets 2 and 3 (which the Kreutzers are rehearsing this evening), his new version of Beethoven Op 119 (which arrived yesterday) , the beautiful new imprint of 15 Fugues from Fabers (which I edited), and my working copy of his 'Albumleaf for Sally'

On the practice desk, all at once. Matthews Quartets 2 and 3 (which the Kreutzers are rehearsing this evening), his new version of Beethoven Op 119 (which arrived yesterday) , the beautiful new imprint of 15 Fugues from Fabers (which I edited), and my working copy of his ‘Albumleaf for Sally’

Another step towards the 13th December at the British Museum. Too much fun, working with the fabulous and life-filled, Julian Perkins at SOUNDBOX today. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=1187&title=Facing+Enlightenment&eventType=Performance

Another step towards the 13th December at the British Museum. Too much fun, working with the fabulous and life-filled, Julian Perkins at SOUNDBOX  26 11 13 LINK

20th November 2013. With composer Miroslav Spasov, premiering his 'Vesna Ayama'

20th November 2013. With composer Miroslav Spasov, premiering his ‘Vesna Ayama’

Wednesday 13th November-Recording Telemann 12 Flute Fantasies

A day of Telemann, gut strings, a great engineer (Jonathan Haskell), a favourite recording acoustic, medieval floor tiles, and  violin Andrea Amati) and bow (Antonino Airenti) to inspire.Here are outtakes, unedited and raw, but a chance to hear this lovely violin.

A violin to inspire. The back of the 1560 Andrea Amati, on which I have just recorded the 12 Telemann Flute Fantasies. 13th November 2013

A violin to inspire. The back of the 1560 Andrea Amati, on which I have just recorded the 12 Telemann Flute Fantasies. 13th November 2013

UNEDITED Session outtakes: Recorded 13th November 2013 St John the Baptist Aldbury

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Andrea Amati 1560  Gut-strung A+416. Bow by Antonino Airenti)

Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astouding Sounds)

Fantasia 1 A Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 2  A minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 3 B minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 4 B flat Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 5 C Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 6 D minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 7 D Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 8 E minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 9 E Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 10 F sharp minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 11 G Major

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 12 G minor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

This just in talking about Stradivari at the Library of Congress!

Inspiration-the story of a day – London, Walther, Beethoven, Dowland 7-11-13

Onstage at Wilton's Music Hall with Julian Perkins 2009 (Photo Richard Bram)

Onstage at Wilton’s Music Hall with Julian Perkins 2009 (Photo Richard Bram)

It’s been a wet and windy day in London, and perhaps not one where I was expecting to be uplifted and inspired. But my colleagues, and the music which they invite me to explore with them, had other ideas, and I finished the evening enchanted.

It might seem all a little prosaic. After all, all that I had on the schedule were two rehearsals. But as I found my way to the first of them, there were signs that a journey of sorts was coming. I took the train to Peckham Rye, to walk to East Dulwich, where the harpsichordist Julian Perkins lives. It’s just 15 minutes from my home in Wapping, but as I walked along the high street in the rain, I was struck by the sheer richness and variety of the city where I live, a huge fishmongers, spilling out onto the pavement, a sign ‘boxes of cows’ feet’, a locksmith’s shop with a Halloween burglar mannequin in the window, pawnbrokers, a fantastic variety of middle eastern fast food, piles of white eggplant, which never seem to make it north of the river, all the while, the music which I was about to rehearse, Walther, Matteis, Dowland, on my mind.

Rehearsing with Julian Perkins always reminds me that the most honest way to work with any musical material is to inhabit it completely, so much so that every instinct to be free, to follow down more compositional, improvisational paths whilst rehearsing, simply must not be resisted. The work that we were rehearsing, building towards the project at the British Museum on the 13th December was Johann Jacob Walther’s ‘Hortulus Chelicus’ (or the ‘Violinist’s Pleasure Garden’), published in Mainz in 1688. This is full of musical imitation, of a ‘Choir of Violins’, of Bagpipes,’organo tremolante’, Hurdy-Gurdies, Trumpets, Drums, even something called, rather alarmingly, ‘Harpa smorzata’, ‘which stimulated a discussion of a ‘triple – harp’ wrapped in sheets, a la Cristo, or my more pessimistic translation/paraphrase, the ‘smothered harp’. This sequence of Capricci is book-ended by tumultuous ‘French-overture’ material, and as I had hoped, Julian found layer upon layer of possibility for ornamentation and aggrandisement in this terrific, Lully-esque thundering.

I confess that it was the notion of music as gardening that had first drawn me to the music, the 17th century pleasure gardens which Simon Schama evoked so powerfully in Landscape and Imagination which designed to surprise and drench, as well as enchant and divert. Julian reminded me that such music was written for people who had, quite literally, time to fill, to stave of boredom as well as melancholy. On the train down, I had been thinking about the Tudor-period Andrea Amati on my back, and found myself reading these lines in Peter Ackroyd’s wonderful History of England: Volume 2 ‘Tudors’:

‘An image of Elisabeth survives, dining to the sound of twelve trumpets and two kettledrums together with fifes cornets and side drums. Everybody sang in the streets or at their work, the ‘mason at his wall, the shipboy at his oar, and the tiler on the house top’. A lute was placed in many barber shops, for customers to while away the time.’

This harking back to the Tudors, to a century before the music which we were primarily rehearsing, was not as inappropriate as it might seem. The event at the British Museum will be taking place in the Enlightenment Gallery (Gallery 1), where I have worked a lot in the past. Encouraged by composer David Gorton, I am exploring how much of the enlightenment not only rediscovered the classical, the prehistorical, the mythical past, but how much of it was simply looking to find a way back to the ideas and ideals of the Renaissance, which had somehow got lost, obscured, in the fires of the Commonwealth and the Thirty Years War. This had also been on my mind on Tuesday, spending a few hours in the English Galleries at the V & A, feeling the ‘pull’ between the classical finery of the Music Room from Norfolk House, back, to the haunted charm of Elisabeth I’s exquisite virginals. David Gorton has found a way of articulating this, re-imagining Dowland’s Lachrymae as if revisited, re-cast, by a group of musicians from about 1700. Improvising and talking with Julian, this started to hinge on the void left in British music-making by the death of Henry Purcell in 1695. We talked (and of course played snippets of Purcell’s keyboard and string works to each other) at some length about what it was that Purcell had ‘distilled’- was it something of an idealised past, which, when it is right, feels so modern. I wanted to pull the musicians active in London at the turn of the 17th-18th Century into this, so a Nicola Matteis prelude went onto the desk, just piled up dissonance and resolution, oddly redolent of the Bach G Major Trio Sonata. Julian pulled down another volume to show me a version of Dowland which I had not considered, from Jacob can Eyck’s Der Fluyten Lust-hof (1648), which is exactly what David Gorton is evoking, a 17th century musician reaching back (It’s on my music desk to learn right now). As he opened the volume, a loose page of music fluttered to the floor. Serendipity had intervened, and there it was, Dowland’s Pavanne Lachrymae the very work which has started David Gorton’s explorations-of which more later.

So after a few hours, I staggered to East Dulwich station, much to over-excited, and moved by the beauty of the music which we had been exploring, and aware that I needed to change tack and get ready for something completely different, or maybe not. Next week the Kreutzers play their last ‘Beethoven Begins’ concert at Wilton’s Music Hall. The series has focused on the six Opus 18 Quartets, paired up with works by Reicha, Boccherini, Mozart, and premieres by David Matthews, Edward Cowie, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Sadie Harrison, David Gorton and next week Michael Finnissy. One of the many themes that emerged as we explored these programmes, was how, upon arriving in Vienna in 1792, one could say that Beethoven had no choice but to lock horns with various pasts. Of course, the immediate past was all around him, in the presence of his teacher, Haydn, and the shade of Mozart, who had just left, as it were. However, encouraged by his other teachers, Albrechtsberger and Salieri, Beethoven looked back further, and in multiple directions, to the Italian vocal setting and part-writing of the early 18th Century, to the Counterpoint of Froberger and Bach, to the ‘Ancient’ music of Palestrina and Monteverdi.

My working score of Beehoven's 'Elegischer Gesang' (Second Edition)

My working score of Beehoven’s ‘Elegischer Gesang’ (Second Edition)

However, I had never really quite understood how he found his way to the ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ in the Op 132 A Major Quartet, which will bring the project to a close. However, ten years ago, I first had sight of his Op 118, Elegischer Gesang, and it seemed that there was a clue. Don’t be fooled by the late Opus number. This work was written in 1814, for the third anniversary of the death of the wife of Beethoven’s friend Johann Pasqualati. Perhaps it was the challenge of writing a chamber choral work (it is scored for four voices and quartet), perhaps the need to produced something appropriately solemn for an elegy. Whatever the reason, we are confronted, for the first time, with Beethoven’s total command of the quartet, brought to high watermark of technical accomplishment and economy with his F minor Op 95 Quartet, written two years earlier, and his deepening knowledge and appreciation of early Baroque choral writing. The result, as I was delighted to have confirmed this evening, rehearsing with the Kreutzers and four singers from the wonderful New London Chamber Choir, is the chamber music of the future, not only the Quartets of 1825-1827, but all the slow movements which would take up the ‘late Beethoven challenge’, from Berg to Brahms, Feldman to Finnissy, Matthews to Rochberg. This is where it starts. And for us a wonderful new challenge, to rehearse with four singers as an octet, discussing the fine-grained question of the dialectic between text-setting, and instrumental syntax. One thing that came up this evening, and perhaps I should have thought of it earlier, was that whilst we string players can do consonants like ‘d’, or ‘g’ or en ‘n’, ‘m’, or ‘nd’, it is not so easy for us to find an equivalent to the ‘tz’ at the end of ‘Schmerz’.

Sitting here at my table with the Kinsky-Halm Beethoven-Verzeichniss and Theodore Albrecht’s 3 volume Letters to Beethoven open beside me, I am struck by the notion that it was the publication history of Elegischer Gesang which may have been responsible for the late arrival of its ramifications for Beethoven’s quartet writing. The Op 132 Quartet, in which the Heiliger Dankgesang is to be found, was completed in 1825, part of the radical rethinking of the quartet medium which had begun with the E Flat Major Quartet Op 127. Three years before that, Beethoven starts to persuade various publishers to publish, the Elegischer Gesang, leading up to the first edition, by Tobias Haslinger, in 1826. In point of fact, the only account we have of a performance in the period, appears in the 10th edition of Whistlings Handbuch in 1827, the year that Beethoven died. I would like to suggest, just for this evening, that it was going back to this score, nearly a decade old, and readying it for publication, might have been a small integer in opening the door to the new quartet style.

But for me personally, a joyous evening, finding that this piece, which I have longed to play, is every bit as beautiful as I had dared hoped, and spending a second rehearsal exploring colour, form, and freedom with fantastic colleagues. Sometimes days just surprise you.

 

The Concerts:

Wilton’s Music Hall-Tuesday 12th November 2013  730 pm LINK

British Museum-Friday 13th December 2013 630 pm LINK

 

Talk given at TEDx Bergen last month

Who could ask for anything more? Onstage tonight with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Lisa Larsson, Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff and Rolf Martinsson!. 30 10 13

Who could ask for anything more? Onstage tonight with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Lisa Larsson, Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff and Rolf Martinsson!. 30 10 13

And in this Month's 'Strad' Magazine

And in this Month’s ‘Strad’ Magazine

 27th October 2013 Rehearsing with the Kreutzers (Neil Heyde. Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski), an d our dear friends, composer Rolf Martinsson, and the wonderful Lisa Larsson, for our concert of Martinsson, Respighi and Jim Aitchison. http://www.ram.ac.uk/events?event_id=2124

27th October 2013 Rehearsing with the Kreutzers (Neil Heyde. Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski), an d our dear friends, composer Rolf Martinsson, and the wonderful Lisa Larsson, for our concert of Martinsson, Respighi and Jim Aitchison. http://www.ram.ac.uk/events?event_id=2124

...more on the concert last Monday! A nice overview of th e concert, and here is the GREAT Edward Cowie, on stage with us for the first time. With thanks to Frances Mayhewand her fabulous team at Wilton's Music Hall., our musical home!

…more on the concert last Monday! A nice overview of th e concert, and here is the GREAT Edward Cowie, on stage with us for the first time. With thanks to Frances Mayhew and her fabulous team at Wilton’s Music Hall., our musical home!

 

 

 

Rolf Martinsson at the RAM. On the 30th October, we will be playing a wonderful programme of Martinsson at the Dukes Hall of the Royal Academy of Music LINK. This film of one of the pieces in that concert appeared today!

 

Back at Wilton's! Rehearsing with Emily Beynon, Neil Heyde & Morgan Goff 21 10 13

Back at Wilton’s! Rehearsing with Emily Beynon, Neil Heyde & Morgan Goff 21 10 13

Thursday 11th October Maison Dieu. the Finale of Dover Arts Development’s ‘War and Peace’ project. The climax of an life-changing collaboration/residency, made possible by Arts Council England. My collaborators on this project, Composer Nigel Clarke, writer Malene Skaerved, Artist Joanna Jones. 

Malene Skaerved-‘Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight’ (read by PSS Nigel Clarke-‘Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight’

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Longbow (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Aisha Orazbayeva, Shulah Oliver, Alice Barron, Annabelle Berthome-Reynolds, Tanya Sweiry, Preetha Narayanan, Diana Mathews, Morgan Goff, Val Welbanks, Evie Heyde, Rachel Meerloo)

11th October 2013, Nigel Clarke's extraordinary work in performance. Longbow (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Aisha Orazbayeva, Shulah Oliver, Alice Barron, Tanya Sweiry, Annabelle  Berthome Reynolds, Preetha Narayanan, Diana Mathews, Morgan Goff, Evie Heyde, Val Welbanks, Rachel Meerloo) in action!

11th October 2013, Nigel Clarke’s extraordinary work in performance. Longbow (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Aisha Orazbayeva, Shulah Oliver, Alice Barron, Tanya Sweiry, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Preetha Narayanan, Diana Mathews, Morgan Goff, Evie Heyde, Val Welbanks, Rachel Meerloo) in action!

Writer and composer, Malene Skaerved , with Longbow, after the premiere of 'Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight'. Maison Dieu, Dover 11th 2013.

Writer and composer, Malene Skaerved , with Longbow, after the premiere of ‘Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’. Maison Dieu, Dover 11th 2013.

Improvising in the Grand Shaft, Dover. Photo, Marius Skaerved

Improvising in the Grand Shaft, Dover. Photo, Marius Skaerved

LONGBOW-Director Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Works by Nigel Clarke, Malene Skaerved, Dafina Zeqiri, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Ole Bull and Paganini

An evening of contemporary classical music, poetry and film: Transit: Pulp & Rags October 11th Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, Kent CT16 1DL

LINK to book tickets!

Dover past and present is the focus of the Grand Finale concert of Dover Arts Development’s (DAD) 18-month War & Peace programme. it presents world premieres of three specially commissioned works by Nigel Clarke, Malene Sheppard Skærved and Joanna Jones within a programme devised by violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who will also be directing the Longbow string ensemble.

LINK to process pages!!

Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight, which tells of Dover’s multi-layered, peaceful and often turbulent nautical history, by Nigel Clarke. Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight, a poetic reflection on Dover by Malene Sheppard Skaerved. Re-Veil-Le, a painting for Dover by Joanna Jones, which will be shown as a film accompanied by Mihailo Trandafilovski’s Diptych (Violin Concerto No 2), a piece in two movements: I Dance-Ascent, II Song-Rotation. The title of the evening refers to Dover’s industrial and nautical history and the raw materials of paper and canvas. Each member of the audience will receive a piece of original artwork on canvas. Celebrating the travellers (many of them musicians) who passed through and played in Dover, the evening will include short works by Niccolo Paganini and Ole Bull and ‘Dream’, by the young Kosovan composer Defina Zeqiri, who has worked with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Nigel Clarke for some years.

 

Schwartz (their works for the space), Paul Moorhouse. The DVD will be available from the NPG shop and other places (just in time for Christmas). Nelson is in the show, so here is a lovely little lantern slide that Ralph Holmes gave me.

Schwartz (their works for the space), Paul Moorhouse. The DVD will be available from the NPG shop and other places (just in time for Christmas). Nelson is in the show, so here is a lovely little lantern slide that Ralph Holmes gave me.LINK for more

 

Onstage in Bergen, playing David Gorton and Sadie Harrison. 29 9 13

Onstage in Bergen, playing David Gorton and Sadie Harrison. 29 9 13

Bergen. September 30th 2013-I spent the morning at Valestrand, Ole Bull’s first country house not far from here. I have not gathered my thoughts yet, but here is a taste.

Inspiration. The Music Room at Valestrand. The music rooms which Bull designed, are acoustic wonders- both akin to playing inside a violin. 30 09 13

Inspiration. The Music Room at Valestrand. The music rooms which Bull designed, are acoustic wonders- both akin to playing inside a violin. 30 09 13

Peter Sheppard Skaerved ( imagining what Bull might have done!)-‘The Hazel Dell

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Recorded in the Music Room Valestrand

With other speakers and the fantastic young organiser of TEDx Bergen, NHH Bergen, 28th September 2013

With other speakers and the fantastic young organisers of TEDx Bergen, NHH Bergen, 28th September 2013

Bergen: 29th September 2013-Back on the Ole Bull trail. I will be off to Valestrand tomorrow, but today, found myself sitting by his grave in Assistentkirkegaarden. It does strike me that the magnificence and view from the grave is not what it was-as 33 years Bull was buried, Bergen Station cut into the city, the tracks not further than 20 metres from the funerary urn. So Bull, instead of having a view to the mountains, is buried next to parked sleeper carriages and goods wagons. He was a true traveller, so I am sure he wouldn't have minded. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2012/10/three-days-in-bergen/

Bergen: 29th September 2013-Back on the Ole Bull trail. I will be off to Valestrand tomorrow, but today, found myself sitting by his grave in Assistentkirkegaarden. It does strike me that the magnificence and view from the grave is not what it was-as 33 years Bull was buried, Bergen Station cut into the city, the tracks not further than 20 metres from the funerary urn. So Bull, instead of having a view to the mountains, is buried next to parked sleeper carriages and goods wagons. He was a true traveller, so I am sure he wouldn’t have minded.LINK

Arrived in Nashville, TN  on Thursday-here’s a link to what I am doing here LINK

Michael Alec Rose – ‘Pre-Amble’ World Premiere

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin 

Nashville TN 13th September 2013

Michael Alec Rose-the composer ambling. Couchville Cedar Glades, TN 15th September 2013

Michael Alec Rose-the composer ambling. Couchville Cedar Glades, TN 15th September 2013

Back with Aaron Shorr at Wilton's, 11th September 2013. Launching our complete Beethoven Sonatas 'Beethoven Explored' on Metier. http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/msv2007info.htm

Back with Aaron Shorr at Wilton’s, 11th September 2013. Launching our complete Beethoven Sonatas ‘Beethoven Explored’ on Metier. LINK TO PURCHASE

Just about to announce my new project working with the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. This event will involve old music by Walther, Matteis, Eccles etc, and very new music by David Gorton. Inspiring harpsichordist Julian Perkins is my partner in crime for this adventure-first outing will be 13th December, 2013 at the British Museum. The Here's a corner of one of our bookshelves-Young, Burney, Harris, Cowper, Tasso helping to puzzle this out-and a link to the ongoing work with the museum. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2011/12/music-for-the-enlightenment-gallery/

Just about to announce my new project working with the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. This event will involve old music by Walther, Matteis, Eccles etc, and very new music by David Gorton. Inspiring harpsichordist Julian Perkins is my partner in crime for this adventure-first outing will be 13th December, 2013 at the British Museum. The Here’s a corner of one of our bookshelves-Young, Burney, Harris, Cowper, Tasso helping to puzzle this out-and a link to the ongoing work with the museum.

Concert with Michael Hersch. London 7th September. With a great artist and dear friend.

Concert with Michael Hersch. London 7th September. With a great artist and dear friend.

Ole Bull is going to be very important for me this year; so here’s a great place to start, the wonderful Jakob Fjeld statue in Loring Park Minneapolis. It was the first statue of Bull to be erected, and dialogues fascinatingly with the more famous Sinding monument (1901) in Bergen. Watch this space (Photo Marius Skaerved)

With APHC friends. Fred Newman, Peter Johnson, Richard Kriehn. Photo courtesy of Richard Dworsky

New Arrival! 26th July 2013 Beethoven volume 5 (Op 12 Sonatas and wonderful Andreas Romberg Sonata).With thanks to Aaron Shorr and Stephen Sutton at Divine Art/Metier: Order your copy of all the sonatas now!!!! http://www.divine-art.co.uk/DAhome.htm

It’s here! David Matthews Solo Violin Works Volume 1. Congratulations to David, thanks to Jonathan Haskell and Martin Anderson. Very proud of being involved with this! It will be soon available from http://www.toccataclassics.com/

8th July-A fantastic evening: with David Matthews, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde, Mihailo Trandafilovski, after playing David’s 10th Quartet (which we have loved playing for 10 years) and his arrangements of Beethoven Op 119 and 22. Diana Mathews played wonderfully in Op 29. Photo by Marius Skaerved. Great to be back HOME at Willton’s Music Hall….

And this just in! First peak at the cover (my favourite Boilly engraving) for volume two of Tartini-30 Solo Sonatas! to get volume one (and hear extracts) go to:http://www.toccataclassics.com/cddetail.php?CN=TOCC0146

1st July, Karlskrona Sweden-a 4 day residency at the Lyckå Kammarmusik Festival. The Kreutzer Quartet have just spent an evening rehearsing Rolf Martinsson’s beautiful new work with astonishing soprano Lisa Larsen, here in Sweden. Fabulous to embark on a another adventure with Morgan Goff (who took the picture), Mihailo Trandafilovski, and Neil Heyde.

29th June Waterloo Festival: And this has just arrived, courtesy of Richard Bram, with the great John McCabe, after playing his ‘La Donna’ quintet last saturdayMihailo Trandafilovski and Morgan Goff as pleased and honoured to be onstage with ouf dear friend

Michael Hersch-”Images from a closed ward” (2010)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Lo-fi audio rip from Video

‘Broken Wing’ (after Leonardo’ -Marius & Peter Sheppard Skaerved

St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. 29th June 2013 (‘War and Communities’)

Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde)

Rehearsing Michael Hersch. Waterloo. 29th June 2013

 

 

On the 29th June 2013, the Kreutzers broughtMichael Hersch’s wonderful ‘Images from a Closed Ward’ at the Waterloo Festival,along with pieces by John McCabe and David Gorton. We have been rehearsing Hersch’s piece at Wilton’s Music Hall today (12th June 2013). Here is a snapshot.

Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Movement 9-‘Haunted; stricken, consort like throughout.

A big thankyou to the my friends at the Blair Quartet, for commissioning and championing this great piece-Grazie Mille, Chris, Connie, John and Felix.

And here is some more Hersch, filmed in Baltimore

Giacinto Scelsi & Edward Thomas-Waterloo Festival 2013

Peter Sheppard Skaerved & Mihailo Trandafilovski-Violins

Giacinto Scelsi

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

‘Lights out’ -Edward Thomas 1915

‘Arc-en-ciel’- Giancinto Scelsi

 

Edward Thomas

Live at the Waterloo Festival-‘War and Communities’

St John’s Church 29th June 2013

NB-Lo-fi Audio Rip from Video

 

A fantastic day-recording Mihailo Trandafilovski’s wonderful ‘ Diptych’ for violin and strings with the composer, Aisha Orazbayeva, Preetha Narayanan, Alice Barron, Midori Komachi, Diana Mathews, Shulah Oliver, Evie Heyde, Valerie Welbanks, and Rachel Meeloo at All Saints Tooting. Extraordinary music, and wonderful colleagues/friends-a day of joy.

News from the Recording Studio! Reicha Quartets continue. 20th June 2013

Reicha-B flat Major Quartet Op 49 No 3

Unedited Outtakes of recording day: 20 06 13

Kreutzer Quartet: Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde

Engineer: Jonathan Haskell

Instruments: PSS-Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’, MT-Stradivari 1709 ‘Regent’, MG-Daniel Parker 1714, NH- G B Vuillaume ca.1840

Allegro Assai

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Adagio

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Menuetto (Allegretto-Allegro)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fuga:Allegro

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Buy Volume 1! LINK to TOCCATA CLASSICS

 

Mihailo Trandafilovski with the violins!

 

Welcome back Chris! On stage yesterday (12-06-13) with the Kreutzers and master oboist and great friend,Chris Redgate. World Premiere of David Gorton’s ‘Austerity Measures’

Beethoven Begins (II) at Wilton’s Music Hall.Link to Live Recordings

The Kreutzers onstage at Festspillene 2013 Bergen (last week)

June 7th 2013
Telemann-Flute Fantasies

All through my work as a musician I have been fascinated by wind and brass instruments, technique, and the interrelationship between string playing and wind brass repertoire/performance, both historically and today. The origin for me, of this is the crossover between repertoire in the 18th and early 19th century. This has its obvious roots in the fact that an accomplished musician of the period was, by definition, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and usually a trained singer. Johann Joachim Quantz, whose  Treatise of a Method for Playing the Transverse Flute (1752 Berlin) is more or less the bible of style and practice in Northern Europe in the mid-18th Century, was also a violinist. There is perhaps more practical information about violin playing in this work than Leopold Mozart’s conteporaneous A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing (1756). There was such a crossover of techniques, and my feeling has always been that this continues.

But my focus of interest here is Telemann. In 1993, I made the first complete recording of the Telemann  12 Fantasies (1735)  for solo violin. At this time these masterpieces were almost never played. They have been at the centre of my repertoire ever since, and I have played the cycle countless times.  LINK  However, the origin of my fascination with these violin fantasies had been my earlier encounter with the 12 Fantasies (1732/3) for solo flute. When I was a student, the wind players with whom I was friends introduced me to the beauty of these works, and I had the opportunity to hear the cycle, in pioneering performances at the time by Wissam Boustany, and when I could, in private, I played these works, though far from the ears of my flutist acquaintances. This led, naturally to the performance and recording of the violin works.

Now however, I returning to all 24 Fantasies. I had always been aware that the earliest known edition of these works (there is a copy in the Brussels Conservatoire Library ( littera T 5823 W) says on the front page “Violino”. I am not suggesting for a minute that these are violin pieces, but modestly, that violinists should learn them-as an Apollo-nian balance to the rather earthier (I generalise)violin works. But there is another aspect to this; a simple one, which is that composers such as Telemann, whilst taking advantage of the extraordinary expressive and colouristic opportunities of the flute of the time, had aspects of the violin at back of their minds. A simple example of this would be the placing/tuning of ‘open strings’. These are present throughout the works; ironically, in order to keep within the compass of the flute-the works never go below D (a tone above middle C)-which is an open string on the violin, or above the E, two octaves and a tone higher (which is a ringing ‘harmonic’ on the violin). Yet again, I stress, I do not think these are violin pieces, but steal them, in the same spirit of banditry which draws me to the Schubert Variations or the Bach A minor Partita.

 

Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767)

The colour afforded me by the ca.1560 Amati on which I am working today, has drawn me to consider recording both sets of Fantasies together. Here are some selections, recorded at the desk this morning. (7th June 2013) See what you think.

Georg Philipp Telemann-12 Fantasies (selections) Workshop recording. 7th June 2013. Violin-Andrea Amati (ca 1560) Bow-Antonino Airenti (2011)

Fantasia 6 Dolce

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Spirituoso

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 8 Largo

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 Allegro

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 9 Affetuoso

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Fantasia 10 A tempo giusto 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  Moderato 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

And a great composer-lets not beat about the bush-is celebrated, as he should be with Michael Finnissy at the Haakonshallon at Festpillen 2013. Great photo by Thor Brødreskift-with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Roderick Chadwick, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde. A recording of this wonderful piece will be released by Stephen Sutton’s wonderful Metier/Divine Art Label.

With Michael Finnissy, Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Roderick Chadwick, after playing what one audience member described as Michael’s ‘gift to Bergen’-his completion of the Grieg quintet-thanks due to the team at Festpille 2013, and especially Anders Beyer and Øystein Kvinge.

Concert at Troldhaugen,with a kindly Edvard Grieg on the (exquisite) piano. 1 6 13Roderick Chadwick and I finished with Delius ‘Lullaby for a Modern Baby’-the first time I have played the piece (which I will always associate with Ralph Holmes, who is the reason I’m a musician). I promised myself that I wouldn’t cry(that didn’t work). Then they wanted more, so we played Grieg/Andersen’s ‘Jeg Elsker Dig’ and I read from Malene Sheppard Skaerved’s writing about HCA and Riborg Voigt. Then they still wanted more, so I did the thing that I had promised not too, my (OTT) version of ‘Knud Larsens Halling’, which by now, has become sort of thrash metal Hardanger-I figured that it was my last concert here,so if they ran me out of town on a rail,then at least I had done my bit.

31st May. Bergen Festspille 2013. ‘Saeterjentens Fredag’ at Haakonshallon. With Roderick Chadwick and Michael Finnissy, playing his own piece..

A new collaboration begins; with inspiring young colleagues from the Julliard School and Norwegian Music Academy. 11pm 30th May 2013 Bergen. Left to Right: Maria Carlsen, Ellen Nisbeth,Ole christian Gullikstad Haagenrud, Lionel Cottet, PSS

Premiere of Jeremy Dale Roberts-Quintet. Wiltons Music Hall 22 5 13.Absolute heaven! With Jeremy Dale Roberts, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde, and Bridget MacRae at Wiltons Music Hall. Premiere of an incredible piece. I say it now, there is no way that I can express how grateful I am for friends to work with like these!

In the June Edition of the Strad Magazine

Bach-D minor Partita BWV 1004 (Sarabandes!) VIolin-Peter Sheppard SkaervedVersion 1:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Version2:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Version3:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Engineer: Jonathan Haskell(Astounding Sounds)

On May 23rd 2013, I recorded the D minor partita, in the wonderful St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury. This marked the completion of recording the 6 solo works, an inspiring journey for this violinist. The  hours of recording were really special, an exploration of some of the ways that I see this music. Here, as an example of how I like to work, are three ‘readings’ of the Sarabanda. With Bach, there’s no right way of doing something, anymore than there is a ‘right way’ to say a line of Shakespeare, or drink a glass of water. What more is there to say? This is also a little homage to the sound of the 1698 Joachim Strad.

Bows by Antonino Airenti (after Biber, Tartini), then Leonard Tourte, then Francoiis Tourte, ‘Joachim’ Stradivari 1698

21st Ma 2013:Now this is what it’s all about. A regular audience member at SOUNDBOX, Harry Green, has been making a violin for 6 years. Today, he brought it in, and I was able to use it to give the modern premiere of Anders Heyerdahl’s ‘Nissespel’. That’s what’s all about for me-real inspiration from my audience, fascinating music from the 19th Century, and a new fiddle to show me new vistas of colour! A new violin should always be applauded-it/and Harry, were!

21st May 1230 Royal Academy of Music Museum SOUNBOX Admission Free

More Ole Bull reseach-exploring the results of my last trip to Ole Bull’s house, in April, LINK

Inspiration: a few steps from Bull’s front door. April 2013

News of the Day-Victoria and Albert ‘Cast Courts’ Film is online! Go to:LINK

This week-rehearsing Jeremy Dale Roberts wonderful String Quintet!

One of my favourite things. The composer’s hand-Jeremy Dale Roberts at work in rehearsal 13-15 2013

It’s here!Reicha Quartets volume one. Thanks to Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Martin Anderson, Jonathan Haskell, and all the KickStarter supporters (11th May 2013)

Anton Reicha-Quartet Op 49 No 2 in D Major

(May 7th 2013), the Kreutzer Quartet recorded this incredible work in the St John the Baptist, Aldbury-our recording ‘home’

Here are outtakes of this extraordinary piece! The finished recording will be released on the Toccata Label. (more on this project at LINK)

Anton Reicha-D Major Quartet op 49 No 2 OUTTAKES (Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1698, Mihailo Trandafilovski-Stradivari 1708, Morgan Goff-Daniel Parker 1715, Neil Heyde-Vuillaume 1840)

Allegro ma non troppo

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Adagio

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Menuetto

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Allegro

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Kreutzer Quartet (Photo Richard Bram)

The Caprices Project-2pm and 6pm. David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music 3rd May

Friday  the RAM-the Caprices Project. 2pm and 6pm in the David Josefowitz Hall. An amazing  afternoon!

Caprices Project at the RAM. 3rd May 2013. PSS with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Sadie Fields, Diana Mathews, Maciej Tomasz Burdzy

Here’s a Trandafilovski working sketch, to set the workshop mood-with music and performers-Paul Pellay, Sadie Harrison, Diana Mathews, Janes Wicks, David Gorton, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Sadie Fields, Maya Kadish, Michael Hersch, Paul West-Osterfield, Ansgar Beste, Nigel Clarke, Haflidi Hallgrimsson, Robert Szymanek, Benjamin Buchanan, William Cole, Anthony Friend, Uilleac Whelan, Judith Bingham, Richard Causton, Pavel Novak….

Caprice Project at the RAM 3rd May. Violist Uilleac Whelan hard at work with Mihailo Trandafilovski


Nicola Matteis, Andrea Amati, St Michael’s Cornhill 2nd May 2013

First afternoon exploring the combintion of Andrea Amatio, Antonino Airenti, Nicola Matteis and the sublime space of St Michaels Cornhill 2 5 2013

 

Today, I spent three idyllic hours working in astonishing architecture, acoustic, and atmosphere of St Michaels Cornhill. This is moving towards a project, bringing together the music of Nicola Matteis  in a space which seems right, and the exploration of the ca 1560-70 Amati which I am playing.

Workshop recordings-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-St Michael’s Cornhill 2nd May 2013 (Andrea Amati ca. 1560-70, Antonino Airenti ‘Biber model bow’ 2011)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Nicola Matteis-G Major Prelude

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Nicola Matteis-D minor Fantasia

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Nicola Matteis-Alemanda ad imitatione d’un tartaglia (the stammerer-Commedia dell’Arte character)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Il Russignolo(the Nightingale)

Sunday April 28th-Andrea Amati meet’s Johannes Jacob Walther’s Hortus Chelicus

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Workshop recording, on the ca.1560-70 Andrea Amati. Extact from Johannes Jacob Walther-Serenata a un Coro di Violini, Organo Tremolante, Chitarrino, Piva, Due Trombe e Timpani, Lira Tedesca et Harpa smorsat-Per Un Violino Solo

 

NEW! I am pleased to announce a drive to raise funds to record Hans Werber Henze’s wonderful Il Vitalino Radoppiato LINK

Henze in a rehearsal break-flowers from the musicians. Germany 1989

 

A new project begans to take shape. Andrea Amati with putti at St Michael’c Cornhill. 25-4-13

Made for each other. My beautiful (‘Biber’)bow by Antonino Airenti meets the ca. 1570 Andrea Amati. The beginning of a new project which will have one outcome in December, in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. Wapping 23 03 2013

This just arrived-the best picture of performing Nigel Clarke’s ‘Pernambuco’ taken on Friday night at Logen Theatre Bergen, by Anders Helgerud.

Rehearsing Nigel Clarke, David Gorton, Haflidi Hallgrimsson & Ole Bull at Bergen’s Logen Theatre for tonight’s ‘Vibber’ 19th April

17th April 2013. The end of two days researching at Lysøen-Ole Bull’s house. An early evening concert for a hardy audience that had crossed the fjord from Solstrand. Played Bull, Paganini, Doppler, Tartini, Joachim, and Sadie Harrison

Getting ready for Reicha-complete Quartets, disc two and three LINK

An inspiring afternoon with Kreutzer-Gang-getting ready to record discs 2 and 3 of our Reicha Quartet cycle. With Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff, and Mihailo Trandafilovski, pictured today enraptured by the astonishing back of the ‘Prince Regent’ Strad, which he will play on the recording (Photo by Morgan!) (15th April 2013-London)

Two Weeks, Two Soundboxes, early Faure, late Faure

SOUNDBOX (Admission Free)

1230 April 23rd Royal Academy of Music Museum.

Peter Sheppard and Roy Howat discuss and play Faure’s astonishing 1st Violin Sonata.

Rehearsing with Roy Howat and Neil Heyde (March 2013)

1230 April 30th Royal Academy of Music Museum.

Peter Sheppard and Roy Howat discuss and play Faure’s astonishing 2nd Violin Sonata.

In the rehearsal room. Peter and Roy hard at work on the 14th April 2013, on the 1st Sonata:

2nd Movement: on Dolce, on voicing:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Berceuse: on Ysaye and Rubato

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Roy Howat rehearsing with Neil Heyde at Wiltons

 

27th March 2013 ‘A Year With Paganini’ Article in the ‘Strings Magazine’

It’s just out today, and if you are not in the US, you can read it online hear. Then go and buy it!!!

LINK to Article

‘Strings Magazine”s slight coloration of Richard Bram’s photo: I am sitting, of course, with Paganini’s ‘Red Book’!

Beethoven Sonata cycle-OP 12. Suddenly-we are on the way. I got creative with the scanner, a little statuette of Beethoven and a velvet cushion; then the wonderful Stephen Sutton at Divine Art Metier put in his magic, and the next Beethoven disc with Aaron Shorr is suddenly getting real. For imminent release!

20 03 2013 Recording Mateis, Purcell, Ziani, Torelli-enraptured by Stradivari combined with Antonino Airenti bow

Recording-20-3 2013 (Outtakes) Aldbury Parish Church (Engineer-Jonathan Haskell)

Henry Purcell- G minor Prelude

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Nicola Cosimi-A major Prelude

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Antonio Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’, Bow-Antonino Airenti (Biber Model)

Enroute to Manchester to give a lecture/recital (rabbit on) on Beethoven at RNCM this afternoon. Here is the Op 17 Sonata-and my work desk on this train (coming into Crewe). Beethoven would have loved trains!17 03 2013

16 03 2013 Recording Mihailo Trandafilovski’s wonderful ‘Ceteri’ with the Kreutzer Quartet and the New London Camber Choir. All Saints, Tooting.

With three great colleague/composers/ L to R, Tim Watts, Jeremy Thurlow, Paul Osterfield, at St John’s College Cambridge. 15 03 2013

13 03 2013 A wonderful workshop at Forest School-thanks to Paul West-Osterfield, Susan Sheppard and the inspiring students there! The ‘Caprice Project’ has lift off…

It’s here! Elliott Schwartz’s new disc ‘Tapestry’. Many thanks to the extraordinary players on this disc-Nicole Johnson, Aaron Shorr, Steven Crichlow, Midori Komachi, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Preetha Narayanan, Alice Barron, Aisha Orazbayeva, Morgan Goff, Diana Mathews, Neil Heyde, Val Welbanks, Rachel Meerloo, to our marvellous engineer, Jonathan Haskell, to Stephen Sutton at Divine Art/Metier, and Deedee Schwartz for the beautiful artwork! 13 03 2013

 

 

A truly joyful day. With composers Sadie Harrison and Paul Osterfield. Piano Gallery RAM 12 March 2013

Today, a wonderful Soundbox with dear friends, talking about composition, collaboration and inspiration. Such a joy to have Sadie Harrison (LINK), and Paul Osterfield together in conversation (LINK)

A triumph for Mihailo Trandafilovski-a composer of genius. After the premiere of ‘Ceteri’; Kreutzer Quartet with NLCC and Clement Power

 

Back on our favourite stage. The Kreutzers at Wiltons. With NLCC and Clement Power. 10th March 2013

 

The Kreutzers in our spirtual home-on stage at Wilton’s Music Hall, 10 03 2013

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.