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Rafet Rudi

January 7, 2010

Samuel Wesley-Sonata

January 2, 2010

Samuel Wesley- F major Concertante Sonata for Violin and Piano KO508 PSS with Aaron Shorr-Piano Live recording-London May 2004 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds) George August Polgren Bridgetower and Bach  On reading The Letters of Samuel Wesley/Professional and Social Correspondence 1797-1837. Philip Olleson. Oxford University Press. 2001.   Samuel Wesley to George Bridgetower             29th […]

Michael Alec Rose-Solo Works

December 31, 2009

Michael Alec Rose-Urstoff LIVE World Premiere-Nashville March 2008 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Aaron Shorr-Piano The composer writes: "Urstoff" was one of the many technical terms the young Primo Levi came to admire in his apprenticeship as a chemist and poet. In his memoir THE PERIODIC TABLE, Levi recalls his sense of wonder (searingly unironic, even in […]

Krzysztof Penderecki-1st and 2nd Quartets

December 31, 2009

Krzysztof Penderecki Penderecki-1st Quartet Kreutzer Quartet PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde St Bartholomew the Great 2008 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (NB uploaded in 2 tracks-though Quartet in one movement) Krzysztof Penderecki 2nd QuartetPenderecki 2nd Quartet

Charles de Bériot – Scenes or Caprices, Duos Concertants, Spanish Airs

December 31, 2009

These Charles de Bériot studies and caprices were recorded in 2006, but have been only available online, so not many people have heard them. They are, in my opinion, ideally suited to the clear and dramatic sound of the 1699 Stradivari on which I recorded them, the Crespi. Prelude or Improvisation (without Opus)   12 […]

Ole Bull – Quartet for One Violin

December 29, 2009

I have been fascinated by Ole Bull for years. Today (15th August 2012), I have been thinking about his ‘Quartet for One Violin’, written in Dublin in 1837. This seems to be a work that he may have played with the bow beneath the violin.  I will post a recording of this later, but to […]

Volodmyr Runchak

December 28, 2009

With Volodmyr Runchak in Odessa 2001 Volodymyr Runchak-non-concerto 1 + 16 PSS-Violin Conductor-Volodymyr Runchak Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra Hall of Columns, K’yiv 2000 Volodymyr Runchak-Sounds re-sounds PSS-Violin, Piano, Voice. Odessa 1999 Sitting with Volodmyr Runchak, at the head of the ‘November steps’, I witnessed the most wondrous natural phenomenon. We were drinking  coffee with our backs […]

Paganini Prelude-Vuillaume Steel Bow

December 26, 2009

Niccolo Paganini-Unpublished Prelude 1838 From the Collection of Andrew McGee Instruments-Vuillaume Rolled Steel Bow, Violin-Stradivari 1698 World Premiere recording. PSS 2005 Engineer/producer-Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds) Paganini was constantly searchingfor new bow makers. A letter written on Lake Como in January 1824, reports that he had tried a number of bows, presumably all from one maker, […]

Paganini Capriccio No 16

December 26, 2009

The G minor Capriccio No 16 is where I feel most in the presence of Bach, or at the very least, that Paganini was very aware of Bach’s legacy for solo violin. This can be more obviously witnessed in the elegant chordal writing of the Capriccio No 11. But the Bach-ian allusion in the 16th […]

Paganini Caprice No 9

December 22, 2009

On Paganini – Capricci Op 1 No.9 E Major  Caprice No 9 seems to take place in a forest, though of course this is not stated. This piece is the only place in Paganini’s cycle where the composer demands mimesis. Heoffers tools to achieve this. The ‘imitation of flutes’ is achieved by playing the upper […]