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E’Narda McCalister-Rhapsody for the Cult of the Sun

May 8, 2011

E’Narda is a fascinating young composer that I have recently had the chance to work with at Middle Tennessee State University. He has written a powerful work ‘Rhapsody for the Cult of the Sun’, to which I am providing a link here. Peter Sheppard SkaervedViolin (Recording outtake)Enarda 29th June 2011 (Engineer Jonathan Haskell) ‘Rhapsody for […]

Joan Cot Ros

April 28, 2011

Joan Cot Ros -is an exciting new voice from Catalonia Here is his beautiful single movement for String Quartet Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) Recording Courtesy of UCF Falmouth

Jean Jacques Rousseau and music

April 11, 2011

Children of Nature   Ancient Air-Tr. Pierre Baillot (Workshop recording-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1698) ‘Ranz des Vaches’-Arr. by Pierre Baillot from J J Rousseau ‘Dictionnaire de Musique’ This ‘Ranz des Vaches’ proved useful to composers looking for some easily accessible ‘alla rustica’ material’. The composer Chevalier Neukomm published a quintet ‘Une Fetee de village en Suisse’ […]

Ilhan Usmambas-’qui sont seuls’ 1966

April 4, 2011

 Published recently in Turkey, Evin Ilyasoglu’s monograph of Ilhan Usmanbas This book includes and disc with the recording below.  Ihan Usmanbas (born 1921) is Turkey’s greatest living composer. I first worked with him in Turkey in 2003. This recording was made at a concert at the Ankara Festival two years ago. Ilhan Usmanbas-’…qui sont seuls’ […]

Angelica Catalani

March 8, 2011

Angelica Catalani LISTEN: Paganini writes down one of Catalani’s ‘roulades’ in concert 18th June 1823: Catalani/transcribed Paganini-’Allegro Moderato’ Click on Higlighted words to follow Links Catalani’s career and notoriety was extraordinarily long. Initially inspired by the new instrumental virtuosi of the post revolutionary generation, she, in turn, was imitated by them two decades later.  Leigh […]

Leigh Hunt

March 8, 2011

Leigh Hunt Paganini-6th Caprice, preceded by Leigh Hunt’s ‘Paganini’ live at the NPG LISTEN: Leigh Hunt was the great nephew of the great painter of historic tableau, Benjamin West: ‘the mild and quiet artist at his work; happy, for he thought himself immortal.’’ He immortalised the the instrumentalists and singers that he heard in concerts […]

National Portrait Gallery-Only Connect

March 7, 2011

THIS WEEK: National Portrait Gallery: Only Connect 9 September 2011, 18:30 Free admission My exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, ‘Only Connect’ runs until 27th November. This Friday, I am presenting a ‘Paganini in London’ response to the exhibition, which features portraits of Paganini and his circle in London-Mendelssohn, Lindley, Mori, Cartwright, Dragonetti, Leigh Hunt. […]

Beethoven/Transcribed Beethoven

December 22, 2010

Beethoven-Symphony No. 2 Version for Piano Trio by the Composer PSS-Violin, Beate Alteburg-Cello, Aaron Shorr Piano Concert Performance. London 2004 Aarton Shorr prepares….

Charles-Philippe Lafont-Variations on ‘La Vestale’

December 11, 2010

Charles-Philippe  Lafont-Variations on ‘La Vestale’ (Spontini) PSS-del Gesu (Il Cannone-strung with Gut strings and Paganini’s bridge design) London February 2006 Fétis described Charles-Philippe Lafont’s (1781-1839) qualities: “Lafont, too, one of the bright glories of the French School of violinists, was, at first, the pupil of Kreutzer.  Dissatisfied with the style of his master, which did not […]

Violin alone:

November 27, 2010

Vitali-Diverse Sonate e Partite Nicholas Mori-Prelude Paganini-A major Prelude Paganini-Adieu a Londres Edward Eliason-Farewell to my friend Paganini Charles De Beriot-Prelude Ole Bull-Capriccio Francois Cramer Cammillo Sivori-A Capriccio John Loder-Caprice Bach-Largo (C Major Solo Sonata) Concert performance St Barthololomew the Great 2007 Tartini-7th Sonata Piccola (A minor) Andante Cantabile Westhoff-D major Sarabande Biber-Ciaconne (Extract) Andre […]