T S Eliot

March 7, 2011

T.S. Eliot – (Thomas Stearns (‘T.S.’) Eliot by Patrick Heron oil on canvas, 1949 ) NPG: Room 31 Eliot was perhaps the first great poet to take the challenge of Beethoven’s late chamber music and respond in kind. Eliot based his most musical of poems, the Four Quartets, on Beethoven’s genre-busting A minor Quartet Op […]

Joseph Joachim

March 7, 2011

Joseph Joachim – ( Joseph Joachim by Sir Leslie Ward watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 5 January 1905 Primary Collection)   PSS JOURNAL ENTRY: I have just had an ONLY CONNECT moment here in Hannover. I was wondering around the Gartenfriedhof, 300 metres from where Brahms  would stay when he was in Hannover working with Joachim. This […]

Lord Leighton

March 7, 2011

Lord Leighton – ( Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton by George Frederic Watts oil on canvas, 1881 Primary Collection)  Lord Leighton’s studio in Holland Park was a mecca for the creative community, where one might find Joseph Joachim playing the Bach Chaconne  in his multipurpose studio/concert room. This has two stages-one, between an acoustic apse, at […]

Fanny Burney

March 7, 2011

  Frances Burney – ( Frances d’Arblay (‘Fanny Burney’) by Edward Francisco Burney oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785 ) In the 1780’s Fanny Burney wrote her Diary in a small upper room of her father’s sociable house on Queen Square. She grew up in the ultimate ‘connected’ environment, with a polymath, enthusiast father. What is […]

National Portrait Gallery-Only Connect

March 7, 2011

THIS WEEK: National Portrait Gallery: Only Connect 9 September 2011, 18:30 Free admission My exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, ‘Only Connect’ runs until 27th November. This Friday, I am presenting a ‘Paganini in London’ response to the exhibition, which features portraits of Paganini and his circle in London-Mendelssohn, Lindley, Mori, Cartwright, Dragonetti, Leigh Hunt. […]

York 2011

March 5, 2011

Two days in York: Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski and Neil Heyde) have just given two days of concerts and workshops at York University, where they are ‘artists in association’. There were workshops with young composers on their works, with young performers on Beethoven and Brahms, and a session on new works written for the Quartet, […]

Beethoven/Transcribed Beethoven

December 22, 2010

Beethoven-Symphony No. 2 Version for Piano Trio by the Composer PSS-Violin, Beate Alteburg-Cello, Aaron Shorr Piano Concert Performance. London 2004 Aarton Shorr prepares….


December 19, 2010

Tartini-30 Solo Sonatas In January, Peter will begin recording the cycle of Tartini-30 Sonate Piccole which formed his groundbreaking series at St Bartholomew’s series in 2010. This will result in a 5 Cd set of this extraordinary cycle of works, recorded on the ‘Joachim’ Stradivarius and complete with extensive historical and musicological notes. There is an […]

Journal December 2010

December 17, 2010

Flowers in Wapping December 15th 2010

Peter Maxwell Davies

December 16, 2010

With Max, recording ‘Mrs Linklater’s Song’  in London 2006