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) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Viotti disdained to teach adults and was irked at being obliged to tutor those of bon ton. This print was published by the […]

Viotti and Tartini. St Bartholomews 3!

June 6, 2010

TO HEAR OUTTAKES FROM THE COMPLETE CYCLE-studio sessions 2011. Go to: 30 DAYS OF TARTINI The Well Spring. Per ben suonare, bisogna ben cantare! Concert 3 (16th June) 730pm Tartini-Sonatas (Padua Manuscript) Sonata in E major        Il vento Mai Sonata in G major       Aria del Tasso Listen: Tasso Aria Sonata in D major Sonata in […]

Tartini Concert 2!

May 29, 2010

TO HEAR OUTTAKES FROM THE COMPLETE CYCLE-studio sessions 2011. Go to: 30 DAYS OF TARTINI   St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield Concert 2 (Wednesday 2nd June) 730pm Tickets £12 (Concessions £6)   Information on the whole series: Tartini-Sonatas (Padua Manuscript)  Sonata in E minor       ‘Senti la fonte, senti lo mare’ Sonata in A minor Sonata in […]


May 27, 2010

I met Yigit Kolat in Anka in 2003.  Here is is Taksim. More no this fascinating young Turkish composer to follow. Listen: Yigit Kolat-Taksim

Joyous Haydn!

May 24, 2010

May 24th. After the excitement of Brahms Op 51 at Wilton’s last night, the Kreutzers spent the day recording Boulez and Haydn in Tring Parish Church. A glorious day, graced by Haydn’s ‘Lark’ Quartet Op 64 No 5.  Here are outtakes of the  first movement and the Minuet and Trio-what better reason could there be […]

Somerset House and coffee

May 23, 2010