Charles-Philippe Lafont-Variations on ‘La Vestale’

December 11, 2010

Charles-Philippe  Lafont-Variations on ‘La Vestale’ (Spontini) PSS-del Gesu (Il Cannone-strung with Gut strings and Paganini’s bridge design) London February 2006 Fétis described Charles-Philippe Lafont’s (1781-1839) qualities: “Lafont, too, one of the bright glories of the French School of violinists, was, at first, the pupil of Kreutzer.  Dissatisfied with the style of his master, which did not […]


December 9, 2010

Recording Finnissy and Matthews

December 2, 2010

Recording, Finnissy and Matthews. New Arrival from LeFanu   November 29th was a day of new music and snow. I spent the day with my friends in the Kreutzer Quartet, engineer Jonathan Haskell, and Michael Finnissy, recording in John the Baptist Church, Aldbury. At the beginning of the morning, the church boiler died, so we worked in […]

Tartini 26

November 30, 2010

Unknown Tartini

November 29, 2010

On November 24th, I played my reconstruction of Tartini’s unpublished 28th Piccola Sonata, as part of my last concert exploring all 30 sonatas. Here it is. 03 Track 3Tartin-Piccola Sonata No. 27 Giuseppe Tartini-A minor Sonata No28 PSS-Violin (Stradivari ‘Joachim’ 1698) Recording courtesy of Colin Still (optic nerve)

Violin alone:

November 27, 2010

Vitali-Diverse Sonate e Partite Nicholas Mori-Prelude Paganini-A major Prelude Paganini-Adieu a Londres Edward Eliason-Farewell to my friend Paganini Charles De Beriot-Prelude Ole Bull-Capriccio Francois Cramer Cammillo Sivori-A Capriccio John Loder-Caprice Bach-Largo (C Major Solo Sonata) Concert performance St Barthololomew the Great 2007 Tartini-7th Sonata Piccola (A minor) Andante Cantabile Westhoff-D major Sarabande Biber-Ciaconne (Extract) Andre […]

Michael Haydn

November 25, 2010

  Johann Michael Haydn I have long been fascinated with the music of Johann Michael Haydn, a great innovator and influence on the teenage Mozart. Here are some extracts from a CD that I made of his work some years ago. (Meridian CDE84243) PSS – Violin / Director Parnassus Ensemble of London Michael Haydn 1st […]

Tartini, Dallapiccola, Rochberg

November 23, 2010

Composer of the Day  As my fascination with this set of pieces grew, with a concomitant question of how best to present the sequence, there were moments of doubt. The great Tartini scholar, Paul Brainard, last published material on these pieces in 1961. He responded with barely concealed scorn to Giovanni Guglielmo’s Edition 1970 edition for […]

David Gorton Films and process pictures

November 13, 2010

  Zubin Kanga, E-Bow, Steinway Piano. David Gorton ‘Fosdyke Wash’ 12-11-2010    Rosetta Caprice (PSS-Violin) David Gorton with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, and Neil Heyde. RAM. November 12th 2010    “I realised that musical languages that are disparate in terms of their syntax and context (harmonic and otherwise), may assume a common resonance and meaning […]


November 7, 2010