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Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis  (1979) String Trio Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin. Morgan Goff-Viola, Neil Heyde-Cello -this string trio, by one of the great living composers, has been a key work for me ever since I was introduced to it a decade ago. Written in 1979-80, it lay unaccountably neglected, for decades after it’s premiere. It took a […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia 1.Appasionata-with elan/2.Semplice;feroce/3.Frozen/4.Presto;still/5.Acuto/Andante lugubre-barcarolla Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin/Aaron Shorr-Piano (recorded 2009) Jeremy Dale Roberts notes that this passionate cycle of pieces, which we premiered at Wiltons Music Hall in 2008, takes as its starting point two fragments from the Tristia  (1917-20) of Osip Mandelstam@ ‘We shall die in transparent Petropolis, Were Prosperina rules over us…’ ‘And […]

Sadie Harrison-Scheherazade

June 21, 2014

Sadie Harrison-Scheherazade 2013(from Gallery-Room 2) Outtake of Recording on 18th June St John the Baptist, Aldbury (Outtake) This is a portrait of my wife, writer, Malene Skaerved. She and Sadie are working together on a large-scale theatrical work, and their conversations range wide across the extraordinary range of their interests-nature, magic, relationships, the Gods, travel, […]

Sadie Harrison-Nur Pünktlich

June 20, 2014

Sadie Harrison-Nur Pünktlich Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Amati 1629 (Recorded 18th June 2014)Engineer Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) (Unedited Outtake) This movement from Sadie Harrison’s ‘Gallery’, is like the rest of the series, based on one of my drawings. However, the day after recording it, I found myself transfixed by Graham Sutherland’s painting of damage in the […]

Playing a new violin by Harry Green

June 17, 2014

Anders Heyerdahl-Nissespel (dedicated to Ole Bull n/d) Earlier this year, I met with Harry at the Royal Academy, and spent some time playing his violin. It’s grateful and easy to play, and full of colour. Here’s the informal set-just recorded on the lap-top in a practice studio. There’s Bach, Richard Strauss, Paganini and Locatelli. I […]

Rodolphe Kreutzer – 14th Concerto

May 17, 2014

Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766~1831) Violin Concerto No. 14 in E major 00:00 I. Allegro maestoso 10:51 II. Adagio 16:58 III. Rondo Violin : Peter Sheppard Skærved Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Mogrelia  

Nigel Clarke-’Parnassus’

May 13, 2014

This is where the collaboration with Nigel Clarke began. I went up to him in the RAM canteen, and told him that he was going to write a string ensemble piece. We were both equally excited about the possibilities of divided strings, so the resulting piece was scored for 7 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos […]

Ole Bull-’Aurora’

May 11, 2014

Ole Bull-’Aurora’ Adagio from E Minor Violin Concerto Workshop Recording-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Amati 1629, Roderick Chadwick-Piano

Ole Bull and Shade Fiddler Slone

May 6, 2014

  Ole Bull-Fanitullen & Shade Fiddler Slone-The Brush Fork of John’s Creek -reimagined by Peter Sheppard Skaerved Rehearsal Recording on Ole Bull’s 1732 Guarnerius - Lysøen 31st May 2014 (Bergen Festspillene) The story in brief-see below for more detail Writing to the 18-year old Sara Chapman Thorp (who he would marry in 1870) Bull told of […]

Vilém Tauský-’Coventry’

May 4, 2014

Vilém Tauský-’Coventry’  (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff Wellbanks) LO-FI rehearsal recording, 3 5 14 Today I will give my first concert playing the music of Vilém Tauský. I feel bad about this, as Tauský, who I never met, was a long term inspiration in approaching and understanding Leoš Janá?ek’s music, which has been […]