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Violin Concerto

January 13, 2010

I first heard Rochberg’s Violin Concerto when I was a ten year old, in the classic Stern recording. From the first outburst from Stern’s fiddle, the ‘great barbaric yawp’ which begins the concerto, I was transfixed, and terrified. It suddenly dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what went on in the world […]

Nigel Clarke-Pernambuco

January 13, 2010

Nigel Clarke Pernambuco  Live performance: Pharos Contemporary Music Festival. Nikosia. 2009 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Hill 1900)       In 1993, Nigel Clarke and I were working on the sketches for Pernambuco.  The piece had grown from the initial blank page with which he had confronted me, and we were ‘test-driving’ various ways of using […]

Hans Werner Henze-Fünf Nachtstücke

January 13, 2010

Hans Werner Henze-Fünf Nachtstücke Film of the whole thing with Score-recorded with Aaron Shorr 2004  Listen Zwei Hirtenlieder: 2 Hirtenlieder PSS with Aaron Shorr, Nashville 2008 Live performance Hans Werner Henze’s ‘Fünf Nachtstücke’ were written over the winter of 1989-90. The composer had taken a holiday on what he had been promised was a deserted, […]

Michael Hersch

January 13, 2010

In 2004, George Rochberg introduced me to the composer Michael Hersch. Later that year, he wrote a first small piece for me, Five Fragments (2004). This was premiered in Mexico City. I will begin to include more information about this extraordinary composer over the next few weeks. In the meantime, listen to this…. (Performance. Conaculta, […]

Dmitri Smirnov

January 13, 2010

Dmitri Smirnov-Amore Sola 2006 Live Performance in the Enlightenment Gallery 2010 Dmitri Smirnov-Partita 1985 Peter Sheppard-Maurin Stradivarius 1714 (recorded 1995) Peter has collaborated with Dmitri Smirnov since 1994. This has resulted in a number of premieres and recordings. Initially, the work forcused on Smirnov’s earlier works-Partita and Two Fugues. Since then Smirnov has written Peter […]

Sculthorpe in the desert

January 11, 2010

Gobi Desert near Turfan. 2002. Playing Peter Sculthorpe’s-Alone  In the Gobi Desert Listen: Peter Sculthorpe-Serenade (For David Matthews and Jenifer Wakelyn) Peter Sculthorpe-Alone (live in Nashville 2009)

Eroica Symphony

January 9, 2010

Beethoven-Scherzo from the Eroica Symphony(Arr. possibly by Franz Clement)-Rehearsal recording   Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Dov Scheindlin, Neil Heyde, Aaron Shorr St John’s Smith Square  Recording courtesy Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) Allegro con brio Marcia funebre Scherzo (Allegro Vivace) Finale(Allegro Molto) Notes on the arrangement July 19th 2014 On the piano Quartet version of the Eroica […]

Ferdinand Ries

January 8, 2010

Ferdinand Ries-G minor Sonata Op 38 PSS with Aaron Shorr Ferdinand Ries’ Sonata for Piano and Violin was probably written in Vienna (1803)whilst he was studying with Beethoven, or shortly afterwards. It was not published until some time later, in London, where he lived for a decade from 1811.  Concert Recording-London 2003 Engineer/Producer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding […]


January 8, 2010

  A taste of the Bartok 44 Duos Performance at Wilton’s Music Hall 14-12-2008 PSS and Mihailo Trandafilovski Bartok 21Bartok 23 Recording courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

Responding to Jim Aitchison

January 8, 2010

After Jim Aitchison, Spring 2008 This is an unreleased recording of  Jim Aitchison’s response to Peter Randall-Page’s astonishing piece for the Eden project.  Jim Aitchison – ‘Core’ (Two outtakes…)   Violin-PSS (Joachim 1698) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds)