‘Shibboleth’ at Dartington 2010

August 3, 2010

On 2nd August, I played Jim Aitchison’s ‘Shibboleth’ at Dartington. Here are some pictures of preparation and rehearsal in the Great Hall, taken by Alice Carfrae (www.alicecarfrae.com).  

Brahms and Dvorák at Wiltons

July 26, 2010

Dvorák and Brahms at Wilton’s Music Hall  Friday 31st July 730 pm Pre-concert Talk-7 pm  Johannes Brahms-B Flat Major Quartet Op 67 (1875) Antonin Dvorák-G major Quintet Op 77 (Original Version-1875) Plus: David Blake-Fantasy  Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Mihailo  Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) Guest Artist-Rachel Meerloo (Double Bass) On Friday 31st July, the Kreutzers bring […]

Faure and the violin….

July 9, 2010

Rough notes on Fauré and the violin. Pre concert talk given 27th June 2010   Gabriel Fauré’s piano writing might be said to begin with Chopin’s triumphant visits to Paris; there he played chamber music with Pierre Baillot, concertos under Francois Habeneck, sonatas with Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, whilst Delacroix sketched; Paris was littered with pianists as […]

Joachim July

July 8, 2010

  …the passage of time leaves no trace on all the essential things in Dr. Joachim’s playing, nor is there any change in the extraordinary perfection of ensemble with which his colleagues reproduce every tinge of his moods. All his many long years of intimate love of the great music have resulted now in a […]

Suite for Joanna Jones

July 6, 2010

George Rochberg-Pachelbel Variations (Orchestral Version)

July 1, 2010

In 2002 – I was preparing to direct a concert with the wonderful Zagreb Soloists in the Lisinki Concert Hall, Zagreb. I had been discussing this with George Rochberg, and he suggested that I arrange the slow movement of his 6th Quartet , which itself is a transfiguration of Pachelbel Adagio. Here is the result, […]

Faure returns!

June 17, 2010

Roy Howat rehearsing with Neil Heyde at Wiltons. May 2009   On 27th June, Roy Howat returned to  Wiltons to play Faure with me.      Here is the pre-concert talk that I gave, and the programme.        Pre concert talk and material for the 27th June 2010 Wiltons  given by PSS:  Gabriel Fauré’s piano writing […]

Marius’s Bartok

June 13, 2010

Visiting Bartok’s last home on 57th Street, New York City. July 20th 2010    Austro-Hungary at the time that Bartok was collecting material, a few years before World War One.    Marius Skaerved. Filming 16 06 2010 This summer, my son Marius will keep an on-line journal of our daily exploration of all the Bartok […]

Kreutzers Wiltons Summer Series

June 11, 2010

Viotti walks out

June 8, 2010

Giovanni Battista Viotti walks out Giovanni Battistas Viotti-‘Suonata’ (Solo Sonata) Peter Sheppard Skaerved live at the Library of Congress, Washingon. May 2009. (Betts Stradivari) The Viotti disdained to teach adults and was irked at being obliged to tutor those of bon ton. This print was published by the Libraire Martinet/Chez Martinet ,  in 1804. The […]