Trockne Blumen-Schubert (an appreciation)

December 18, 2009

Trockne Blumen ‘Variations on an Original Theme for Flute and Piano’ Und Lenz wird kommen, und Winter wird gehn Und Blümlein werden in Grase stehnn Und Blümlein liegen in meinen Grab, Die Blümlein alle, die sie mir gab. Wilhelm Müller “What I produce is due to my understanding of music and to my sorrows; that […]

Paul Pellay-Evolving to

December 15, 2009

I met the composer Paul Pellay when we were both students at the Royal Academy of Music. At that time, although I was involved in performances of some of his music, we did not develop a collaboration. That had to wait for some years. Evolving to….(1006)Track05 PSS-Violin Recording Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) This was […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts

December 8, 2009

Studying Jeremy Dale Robert’s Croquis was a turning point for us all. It also gave us all pause-how can an absolute masterwork, be totally neglected for almost thirty years? Playing it, we had to consider our relationship to Watteau, Bartok, Vivaldi, Hokusai, gamba-technique, ballet, sonnets, Liszt, plain-chant, Sappho-and that is just the start…   NMC:D151

Schubert and the violin

December 8, 2009

  Discussion continues within the Quartet as to where Schubert’s crazy late violin writing comes from. Imagine him handing the last movement of the G major Quartet to his violinist brother Ferdinand. One supposes that the initial reaction would have been: “What the hell is this?”! However, if we go back ten years, and look […]

Elliott Schwartz – composer

December 8, 2009

Elliott Schwartz and Peter Sheppard Skaerved have been collaborating for over a decade-following a much earlier meeting. This collaboration has resulted in countlesss performances of classic Schwartz works, such as Memorial in Two Parts, which Peter has played worldwide with Aaron Shorr. The Kreutzer Quartet has made a groundbreaking recording of Schwartz’s wonderful Bellagio Variations, […]

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

December 6, 2009

Work on ‘Il Cannone’

December 6, 2009

October 20th 2014. I have been asked to write a short piece talking about the experience of performing on Paganini’s wonderful violin on Gut strings. To date, I am the only person to have done this, it seems! Here is what I wrote yesterday.    Like many violinists, I feel as if I have known […]

George Rochberg

December 5, 2009

George Rochberg -Caprice Variations Conversations and Commentaries listen: Rochberg-Pachelbel Variations (Authorised Transcription by Peter Sheppard Skaerved) I Solisti di Zagreb (directed by PSS) (From conversations in Philadelphia, London, and Saarbrücken 2001-2002) In Banja Luka, I first ‘got’ ‘Caprice Variations’, or rather; it finally really took hold of me, of my soul. This recital hall is […]

With Nigel Clarke in the Gobi Desert

December 4, 2009

Nigel Clarke-Loulan (Voices from the Sand) Unreleased session outtake. Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivaria 1699 ‘Crespi’) Recorded 2003

Judith Bingham

December 3, 2009

The Premiere of Judith Bingham’s ‘Lost Works of Paganini’ in Genova. 2007 Peter has collaborated extensively on Judith Bingham since 2006. In that year, the composer was profoundly inspired by the arrival of Paganini’s violin in London, and became a fundamental part of the work and research that Peter was doing around this figure. Judith […]