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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 […]

Quiet inspirations: an evening with Pepys & Matteis

December 26, 2013

26th December 2013. Inspired by wonderful days of candlelit conversation with friends, and a gift of Samuel Pepy’s Diary, I found myself playing Nicolao Matteis at the table this evening. Nicolao Matteis-Selected Preludes (Peter Sheppard Skaerved) Andrea Amati 1560 (bow by Antonino Arienti 2011)(workshop recording-at the desk!)

Schubert & the Violin

December 21, 2013

Over the next few weeks, I will be announcing details of ‘Schubert & the Violin’. This will be a long-term project of performances, recordings, research and writing looking at Schubert through his long term involvement with the violin.  In the past, I have done a lot of work (recording and performing) the early ‘concertante’ works […]