Robert Schumann- Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Arr. David Matthews)

July 30, 2014

Robert Schumann- ‘Im wunderschönen Monat Mai’ (Op. 48, No. 1)(Arr. David Matthews) Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde Recorded-29 7 14 Aldbury Parish Church- Engineer-Jonathan Haskell Musical supervision-David Matthews Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Knospen sprangen, da ist in meinem Herzen die Liebe aufgegangen. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Vögel […]

Alexander Scriabin/David Matthews-Prelude Op 75

July 29, 2014

Alexander Scriabin/David Matthews-Prelude Op 75 Version for String Quartet. World Premiere Recording-Outtake Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde Recorded-29 7 14 Aldbury Parish Church- Engineer-Jonathan Haskell Musical supervision-David Matthews

Channel Firing-Summer 2014 (IN PREPARATION)

July 24, 2014

4th August Towards Dover 4-8-14 (Walk cross section, Merstham to Farnham) Workshop recording Wapping 04 08 2014 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (W.E.Hill & Sons 1903) Another piece emerged over night, as the 4th August dawned. It’s a tentative walking piece, a pilgrimage in the wrong direction, from Merstham to Farnham, reflecting the cross section of the walk, […]

Composers-works (In preparation)

July 18, 2014

Jim Aitchison-Portraits for a Study Judith Bingham-Shelley Dreams William Bolcom-Sonoata No 4 Richard Causton-Seven States of Rain Nigel Clarke–’Dogger Fisher German Bight, Humber Thames Dover Wight’ Nigel Clarke-’Parnassus’   Edward Cowie-Quartet 3 Jeremy Dale Roberts-’Capriccio’ Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis (String Trio) Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia (Violin & Piano) David Gorton-Dowland Transcriptions Sadie Harrison-Gallery Sadie Harrison-Scheherazade (Solo Violin) […]

Reicha Quartets-Volume Two-INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW July 2014 (and ORDER!)

July 15, 2014

Tuesday 15th July International Record Review on our Complete Reicha Quartets series, Volume 2: “With playing of such through-going belief int he significance of the piece, nothing every sounds the least contrived or routine.” To order go to: ORDER

Inspiration. With Nigel Clarke-St Pancras-Clerkenwell-Smithfield-St Mary Aldemary 8 7 14

July 8, 2014

Walking and talking with Nigel Clarke in Clerkenwell and the City today, ending up with coffee under the fan-vaulting of Wren’s only gothic church. It was a day of past and present, beginning, five minutes from St Pancras International, at the eponymous church on the hill tucked in behind. A 6th Century stone, the graves […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis  (1979) String Trio Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin. Morgan Goff-Viola, Neil Heyde-Cello -this string trio, by one of the great living composers, has been a key work for me ever since I was introduced to it a decade ago. Written in 1979-80, it lay unaccountably neglected, for decades after it’s premiere. It took a […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia 1.Appasionata-with elan/2.Semplice;feroce/3.Frozen/4.Presto;still/5.Acuto/Andante lugubre-barcarolla Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin/Aaron Shorr-Piano (recorded 2009) Jeremy Dale Roberts notes that this passionate cycle of pieces, which we premiered at Wiltons Music Hall in 2008, takes as its starting point two fragments from the Tristia  (1917-20) of Osip Mandelstam@ ‘We shall die in transparent Petropolis, Were Prosperina rules over us…’ ‘And […]

Practice: Michelangelo-Bach 5 7 14

July 5, 2014

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 […]

With the composer in the Recording Studio-inspiration from Jereremy Dale Roberts

July 3, 2014

Working with Jeremy Dale Roberts on his Capriccio  (1965) in the recording studio I find the that recording studio is one of the most creative places to explore the music that I love in depth, and not under pressure. This week’s work with Jeremy Dale Roberts, one of great voices, is a good place to explore that process. […]