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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) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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 […]

Sadie Harrison-Nur Pünktlich

June 20, 2014

Sadie Harrison-Nur Pünktlich [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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 […]

Playing a new violin by Harry Green

June 17, 2014

Anders Heyerdahl-Nissespel (dedicated to Ole Bull n/d)[Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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, […]

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[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Workshop Recording-Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Amati 1629, Roderick Chadwick-Piano

Vilém Tauský-‘Coventry’

May 4, 2014

Vilém Tauský-‘Coventry’  (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff Wellbanks) LO-FI rehearsal recording, 3 5 14 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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 […]

Ives and Sassoon

May 2, 2014

PSS with Aaron Shorr-Piano Wilton’s Music Hall June 2008 Engineer: Colin Still (Optic Nerve) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Charles Ives (Back of an Envelope) Feb 26th 1917 (two months before the US entered the war) ‘Why do the rich always Think for the poor- Because the poor are So busy all the […]

Jeremy Thurlow-‘Self Ablaze’

April 29, 2014

Jeremy Thurlow-‘Self Ablaze'[Audio clip: view full post to listen]Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick-Piano World Premiere-Kettles Yard Cambridge 27 4 14 It was Deedee and Elliott Schwartz who introduced me to Jeremy Thurlow-beginning a friendship and partnership which has now resulted in two wonderful pieces, ‘Ouija’ for violin and electronics, and ‘Self-Ablaze’, which Roderick Chadwick and […]

Franco Donatoni-‘Ciglio III’

April 28, 2014

Franco Donatoni-‘Ciglio III’ Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick-Piano Live at Kettles Yard-Cambridge April 27 2014 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Donatoni-Ciglio (1994) (a performer’s perspective)   ‘A performer familiar with Donatoni knows that elaboration, ornamentation, grace-notes, trills, mordents, appogiaturas, etcetera are the very stuff of his work. His music follows the architectural principles […]