August 23, 2011

Bach …. It is an awful truism to say that Bach is important to me. Ever since I played the whole cycle in one go at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, I have regularly performed the whole cycle-most enjoyably at Wiltons Music Hall or St Bartholomew the Great. I just don’t like talking about him […]

Peter Fribbins-Faroese Fantasie

August 5, 2011

?Peter Fribbins-Faroese Fantasie March 18th 2011 (For Maria) incorporating the ballad ‘Sigmunds Kvæði’ Noregs menn,dansið væl í stillum; stillið tykkum allar, riddarar, Noregs men, dansið væl í stillum. Workshop recording-August 2011 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin [Audio clip: view full post to listen] In Danish ‘at Kvæder’ is to talk on and on without stopping-an echo of its old […]

David Matthews-Sonatina (Unheard)

July 27, 2011

David Matthews-Sonatina Op 8 (1974-1978) Workshop recording: July 2011 (St Paul MN) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Although I have worked with David Matthews for many years, premiered large numbers of solo violin works by him, and recorded all of it (I thought), this work was unknown to me. I ran across it at Travis & Emery […]

The Fog is Lifting

July 27, 2011

  Carl Nielsen and 358 Danske Folkedansemelodier (Bind 1)   I am fascinated by the link between the late Nielsen sound and the music of the Danish Soil, the tradition of the ‘Spillemaend’, which, I believe, underpins all his music, but most particularly the late instrumental revelations. So there is only one thing to do, to […]

Sadie Harrison-Process Notes (Summer 2011)

July 25, 2011

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] World premiere performance. Nashville, 19 9 11 [Audio clip: view full post to listen]  Notes from E mails-towards a piece:  6th June 2011-Inspiration for the solo pieces:  E-mail workshop-with sketches-begun 24th July 2011 Sadie Harrison is a visionary, whose […]

Paul Pellay-Fjord – Flamm Remembered – Flecks (Live)

July 23, 2011

Paul Pellay-Fjord – Flamm Remembered – Flecks (Live) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Morgan Goff-Neil Heyde (Live) South London Gallery, London 2010 Camera-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) Sound- Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

Trandafilovski-Star Factory

July 22, 2011

Trandafilovski-Star Factory Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) 22-4-2010 Michael Tippett Centre, Bath. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] This extraordinary piece was written for the project ‘South London Walks’  which Mihailo curated at the South London Gallery in 2010. He has been very open about the benefits of […]

Yigit Kolat-The Rite (Ayin) 2003

July 19, 2011

Yigit Kolat-The Rite (Ayin) 2003 Live Performance-Ankara 2003 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Aaron Shorr-Piano [Audio clip: view full post to listen] This performance was an unsuspected on. I had just completed a week of workshops in Ankara, working with Sidika Ozdil, Aaron Shorr, and Nigel Clarke. It had been very intense, with a new ensemble, and […]

Sibelius-Evening in the Spring

July 19, 2011

Sibelius- Evening in the Spring Op 117 (1929) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Solo Violin/director I Solisti di Zagreb Lisinski Great Hall. 11th May 2002 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I was introduced to Sibelius’s miniatures for violin and orchestra when I was a teenager, by my teacher and friend, Ralph Holmes. He recorded a pioneering […]

David Matthews-Adagio (Live performance in Zagreb 2002)

July 19, 2011

David Matthews-Adagio (Live performance in Zagreb 2002) Zagreb Soloists (Guest Director – Peter Sheppard Skaerved) Lisinski Great Hall, Zagreb (11th May 2002) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] This Adagio was written as memorial to the writer Peter Fuller. It later would form the basis of the slow movement of David’s 6th Quartet, which […]