In the years exploring Beethoven, some of the most touching discoveries have been from peforming the many canons and fragments that flooded from the composer’s pen from his arrival in Vienna. Here are a few of them: Canon in A Major WoO35 1825 On the 3rd August 1825, Beethoven met the Dutch artist and Music-lover […]
Neil Heyde is one of the most innovative musicians active today. His work extends from ground breaking research and performance in the work of Debussy, to the most astonishing performances of complex works for cello and electronics by Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. He is, of course, cellist of the Kreutzer Quartet. Vidmantas Bartulis(born April […]
Feliksas Bajoras (B.1934)- Pieces for Violin and Piano (1973) London Premiere-2001 PSS-Violin (Stradivari 1734 ‘Habeneck’) Tamami Honma-Piano I am very grateful to the pianist Tamami Honma for introducing me to the working of Bajoras. This performance was recorded in London, with Tamami, in 2001, a year after my first visit to Vilnius, where I met Bajoras.
François Antoine Habeneck-12 Preludes Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Stradivari 1699 Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) The violinist François Antoine Habeneck was the first great string player to be entirely trained in the Paris Conservatoire. Following his 1804 premier prix, he was awarded the direction of les Exercises, the student orchestral concerts, for year. This was tremendously successful, […]
Hummel-Sonata Op 5 no 3 Andante Cantabile PSS-Violin Aaron Shorr Piano Hummel Concert Performance: 2003 St Johns Smith Square (Beethoven Explored Series) Engineer: Jonathan Haskell www.astoundingsounds.co.uk
Marcin Banasik-Strength I met Marcin Banasik when he was still a student at York University. ‘Strength’ comes from a st of three pieces called Three Candlesticks. It is written on a visually arresting graphic score, laid out like a maze. There are limited options as to the paths that the player has to choose through […]
Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Nefes ‘Breath’ Ensemble Sodio e Asfalto. Mexico City 2004 Memory of ‘opening the composer’s workshop in Mexico City Here is a piece which I wrote for a group of young composers and performers with whom I collaborated in Mexico City in 2004-2005. We had wind players, so worked on the cross over between bowing […]