Julian Perkins

February 4, 2010

        Julian Perkins is a wonderful musician and communicator, with whom I have collaborated on many occasions. He has a particular passion for the Clavichord, and has explored its historical use as a concert and domestic instrument for many years. Here he is playing music by Stephen Dodgson who has long championed […]

Cornfield, Fyn

February 3, 2010

Beethoven-Sonatas Op 30

February 3, 2010

Beethoven-3 Sonatas Op 30 (dedicated to Czar Aleksandr 1st) 1 in A Major Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Stradivari 1699, Aaron Shorr-Piano  Beethoven-Sonata Op 30No  1 A Major Beethoven-Sonata Op 30 No 2  C minor Live Performances-St Johns Smith Square 2002 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell  www.astoundingsounds.co.uk Beethoven-Sonata Op 30 No 3 G major (NB ‘Habeneck’ Stradivari 1734)    Beethoven  – […]

Gloria Coates-Quartets 5 and 9 plus

February 3, 2010

Gloria Coates – 5th Quartet (3rd Movement-In the 5th Dimension)   Kreutzer Quartet Live performance-South London Gallery March 2010 Recording Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) Coates SLG Untitled-Gloria Coates 1996   I met Gloria Coates in Munich in 1991. From the moment that we met, I felt empathy: a conversation began which continues unabated. We […]


February 3, 2010

Liz Kenny-reigning monarch of the lute-with a baroque guitar.

John Loder-Caprice

February 3, 2010

John Loder-Caprice from ‘General and Comprehensive Instruction Book for the Violin. Dedicated (as a trifling mark of respect for superior talents) to Signor Spagnoletti’. loder  Item in the Bath Herald regarding a present from Nicolò Paganini: ‘ A very valuable diamond ring has recently been transported from Paris by this stupendous artiste to Mr John […]

John Orlando Parry ‘The Poster Man’

February 3, 2010

The Poster Man-John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) Peter Sheppard Skærved with Janet Snowman and Frances Palmer Available from :  Academy Chimes Music Shop www.chimesmusic.com/academy-music-shop   John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) Full text below: The Poster Man-John Orlando Parry (1810-1879) (Original article by PSS)  John Orlando Parry gave this extraordinary and unique painting to his new bride, Anne […]

Francois Cramer

February 3, 2010

Francois Cramer Capriccio  1833 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1699-‘Crespi’) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell  www.astoundingsounds.co.uk Francois Cramer was the son of the acclaimed leader and violinist Wilhelm Cramer, and the brother of the acclaimed pianist, Johann Baptist Cramer. He led a number of Paganini’s concerts in addition to his regular appearances as leader and soloist at the Royal Philhamonic […]

Paganini and Eliasson

February 3, 2010

Paganini and Eliasson Niccolo Paganini-Caprice d’Adieu for M. Eliasson, by his friend Paganini’ Edward Eliasson-‘Farewell to my Friend Paganini’ PSS-Violin Engineer-Jonathan Haskell  www.astoundingsounds.co.uk Edward Eliasson seems to be a rather a rather mysterious figure. He did not really figure in my research until I started to look at the concerts which Paganini gave in 1833 at […]

Stefan Blum

February 2, 2010