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Nashville Inspiration

February 24, 2014

Monday 24th February 2014 Here in Nashville to work with the wonderful students and colleagues on the Blair School of Music/London Exchange. After a long journey, everyone arrived safely. I will post each day as the work progresses. Exchange Programme The programme was founded after Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Michael Alec Rose were introduced by the […]

Philip Glass-Strung Out

February 21, 2014

Philip Glass-’Strung Out’ for Amplified Violin (1963) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (WE Hill and Sons 1900) Workshop recording Wapping 21 02 14 The back of my beloved W E Hill and Sons violin, newly restored, with all original fittings from 1900 (pegs, bridge, tailpiece). So pleased to bring it home, that I could not resist playing […]

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978

February 16, 2014

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978/Revised 1994 Henze’s solo sonata was directly inspired by a folk version of the Commedia dell’Arte particular to Montepulciano, where I worked with him whilst I was a student. It’sperhaps one of the most interesting dramatic challenges for solo violinist, demanding that the player present, quite literally, three complete […]

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6

February 14, 2014

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Hill 1900) In 1994, I accidentally ‘dug up’ a work by the Russian composer Dmitri Smirnov. I had been playing his wonderful homage to Bach and Handel ‘Partita’ (1985) for some time. When Goldsmiths College asked me to play Partita at an evening celebrating ‘Dima’s’ music, I […]

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’

February 14, 2014

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’ (1973) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1734 (Habeneck)  

David Matthews-2nd & 3rd Quartets

January 30, 2014

David Matthews-2nd Quartet Op 16(1974-1980) AllegroScherzoElegy David Matthews-3rd Quartet Op 18(1977-8) Allegro animato-Andante tranquillo/Prestissimo, spettrale/Andante come sopra, ma poco piu tranquillo/Prestissimo, molto intenso-Largo sostenuto   (outtakes of recording session 29 1 14) Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell

Schubert begins…. Franz Schubert-Overture D8 (1811)

January 19, 2014

Schubert begins…. Franz Schubert-Overture D8 (1811) (Original version) Peter Sheppard Skaerved -Director, Parnassus Ensemble London (recorded 1994) Franz Schubert-8 Ländler (1816) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Workshop Recording. Wapping 21 12 13 Franz Schubert-A Major Rondo D438 Franz Schubert: Konzertstück (for Violin and Orchestra) in D major, D345 – Adagio – Allegro For Violin with String Orchestra (1816) Adagio […]

Mihailo Trandafilovski-’Arc-en-ciel’ & ‘Duet 2′ (Outtakes)

January 15, 2014

Mihailo Trandafilovski-’Duet 2′(2008) (Premiered Wilton’s Music Hall 2009) -1--2--3--4- -5- -6- -7- Mihailo Trandafilovski-’Arc-en-ciel’(2013) (Premiered British Museum 2013) Mihailo Trandafilovski (Maggini) & Peter Sheppard Skaerved(Amati)-Violins Roderick Chadwick-Piano Outtakes-recorded 15 1 14 St Michael’s Highgate Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)  

Judith Bingham-Shelley Dreams

January 7, 2014

Judith Bingham-Shelley DreamsLive recording. Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Aaron Shorr. 

Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone

January 5, 2014

Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone NB-Scroll down to the bottom of the page for listening aspects In many years spent performing and studying the chamber music of Anton Reicha, it has become clear to me, and my colleagues, that his music demands a very particular approach, and, however much this might seem to relate to […]