Michael Haydn

November 25, 2010

  Johann Michael Haydn I have long been fascinated with the music of Johann Michael Haydn, a great innovator and influence on the teenage Mozart. Here are some extracts from a CD that I made of his work some years ago. (Meridian CDE84243) PSS – Violin / Director Parnassus Ensemble of London Michael Haydn 1st […]

Tartini, Dallapiccola, Rochberg

November 23, 2010

Composer of the Day  As my fascination with this set of pieces grew, with a concomitant question of how best to present the sequence, there were moments of doubt. The great Tartini scholar, Paul Brainard, last published material on these pieces in 1961. He responded with barely concealed scorn to Giovanni Guglielmo’s Edition 1970 edition for […]

David Gorton Films and process pictures

November 13, 2010

  Zubin Kanga, E-Bow, Steinway Piano. David Gorton ‘Fosdyke Wash’ 12-11-2010    Rosetta Caprice (PSS-Violin) David Gorton with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, and Neil Heyde. RAM. November 12th 2010    “I realised that musical languages that are disparate in terms of their syntax and context (harmonic and otherwise), may assume a common resonance and meaning […]


November 7, 2010

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Tartini-Piccole Sonate

October 7, 2010

Tartini’s  masterpiece TO HEAR OUTTAKES FROM THE COMPLETE CYCLE-studio sessions 2011. Go to: 30 DAYS OF TARTINI  In the last years his life, the great composer, violinist and swordsman, Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770), seems to have laboured at a set of ca. 30 sonatas for solo violin. The resulting manuscript is the most significant cycle of works for violin alone […]

The Malmö Project

September 17, 2010

Following on from the highly successful Kreutzer Quartet visit to Malmö last year, a new project has started. Over the next year PSS will be working with composers and performers at the Malmö Music High School (Part of the Lund University), building towards a Kreutzer Quartet residency at next year’s CONNECT Festival. As the project […]

Films: Bartok-Sonata No 2

September 15, 2010

Bartok’s 2nd Sonata-dedicated to Jelly D’Aranyi.  (Ist Movt) PSS, with Aaron Shorr-Piano  (Festival Re-Musica Pristina 2006)

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