Journal Autumn 2010

September 7, 2010

After John White Abbott (Ballpoint)   Concert in the olive grove 4-9-10   Palms, from the Shoe Factory, 2nd September 2010 Last morning on the Green Line, September 5th 2010

Recording Matthews 15 Fugues

August 20, 2010

On the 17th and 18th August, I recorded the extraordinary cycle of 15 Fugues written for me by David Matthews. This is a logical addition to the cycle of quartets and other chamber music by David which we (Kreutzer Quartet + ) are recording for Toccata Classics. These works are not virtuoso stunts, but true […]

Dartington notebook

August 9, 2010

Stephen Gutman plays Tchaikovsky 4 8 10   Crow feather. 4 8 10  

‘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 (  

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 […]