Practice: Michelangelo-Bach 5 7 14

Posted on July 5th, 2014 by


Practice: 5th July 2014Totally unable to tear myself away from Michelangelo’s ‘Entombment’ at the NG today. I arrived at 11 and realised when I left that I had sat there for four hours. Much of it wondering what music might reach such heights/depths. I am not going to offer any answer but three readings of the D minor Sarabande. Not such a different exercise (hubris, you mean, Peter) to trying to figure a way into this picture.

Notebook page-awestruck at Michelangelo. National Gallery London 5 7 14

Notebook page-awestruck at Michelangelo. National Gallery London 5 7 14


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

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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

 

 

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