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Soundbox

January 7, 2010

  SOUNDBOX! 4 -5 times a term I present SOUNDBOX, in the Museum of the Royal Academy of Music, London. These events take place in the inspiring settings of the String or Piano Galleries. surrounded by the living instruments of the Royal Academy’s collections and temporary exhibits. SOUNDBOX is open to the public, and admission […]

Hinterlight & Trajectories

January 5, 2010

Jim Aitchison-Hinterlight & Trajectories At the end of 2009, the Kreutzer Quartet recorded two major works-his ‘Trajectories’, which is based on the explosive canvases of John Hoyland, and ‘Hinterlight’, which was commissioned for the tremendous exhibit of Mark Rothko at Tate Modern in 2008. Here is an outtake from the recording sessions-the first 70 bars […]

Samuel Wesley-Sonata

January 2, 2010

Samuel Wesley- F major Concertante Sonata for Violin and Piano KO508 PSS with Aaron Shorr-Piano Live recording-London May 2004 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds) George August Polgren Bridgetower and Bach  On reading The Letters of Samuel Wesley/Professional and Social Correspondence 1797-1837. Philip Olleson. Oxford University Press. 2001.   Samuel Wesley to George Bridgetower             29th […]

Antoine Reicha

January 1, 2010

Quartet Op 48 No 1-Menuetto Reicha Op 48 Kreutzer Quartet-PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde   Live performance: London February 2008 Engineer: Colin Still (Optic Nerve) The most influential musician in post-Revolutionary Paris was the Bohemian-born Antoine Reicha (1770-1836), Beethoven’s exact contemporary and close friend. As teenagers, the two had been colleagues in the […]

Nicholas Mori-Prelude

December 31, 2009

Nicholas Mori-Prelude-1839 Peter Sheppard Skaerved    (Recorded 2005)  Engineer/Producer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) Viotti’s greatest British pupil was the young Nicholas Mori (1797-1839), who would become the first professor of violin at the new Royal Academy of Music.  Despite the fact that he was the pre-eminent violinist in London, active as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, publisher […]

Charles Ives-‘The Revival’

December 31, 2009

PSS with Aaron Shorr-Piano Wilton’s Music Hall June 2008 Engineer: Colin Still (Optic Nerve)   When I first started working with Aaron Shorr, twenty years ago, he was insistent that we play Ives together. I will always be grateful for his intractability on this subject. This is the last movement of Ives’s 3nd Sonata, ‘The […]

Michael Alec Rose-Solo Works

December 31, 2009

Michael Alec Rose-Urstoff LIVE World Premiere-Nashville March 2008 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Aaron Shorr-Piano The composer writes: "Urstoff" was one of the many technical terms the young Primo Levi came to admire in his apprenticeship as a chemist and poet. In his memoir THE PERIODIC TABLE, Levi recalls his sense of wonder (searingly unironic, even in […]

Krzysztof Penderecki-1st and 2nd Quartets

December 31, 2009

Krzysztof Penderecki Penderecki-1st Quartet Kreutzer Quartet PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde St Bartholomew the Great 2008 Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (NB uploaded in 2 tracks-though Quartet in one movement) Krzysztof Penderecki 2nd QuartetPenderecki 2nd Quartet

Charles de Bériot – Scenes or Caprices, Duos Concertants, Spanish Airs

December 31, 2009

These Charles de Bériot studies and caprices were recorded in 2006, but have been only available online, so not many people have heard them. They are, in my opinion, ideally suited to the clear and dramatic sound of the 1699 Stradivari on which I recorded them, the Crespi. Prelude or Improvisation (without Opus)   12 […]

Colours/Limits-Mihailo Trandafilovski

December 30, 2009

Colours/Limits-Mihailo Trandafilovski  Today is a good day to celebrate the work of Mihailo Trandafilovski. We are playing his work at the South London Gallery tonight-the first of two events this week that he has masterminded, bringing living composers and young performers together in a unique environment. For the past few days we have been rehearsing his […]