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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 […]

Ole Bull – Quartet for One Violin

December 29, 2009

I have been fascinated by Ole Bull for years. Today (15th August 2012), I have been thinking about his ‘Quartet for One Violin’, written in Dublin in 1837. This seems to be a work that he may have played with the bow beneath the violin.  I will post a recording of this later, but to […]

Bach

December 29, 2009

A selection of live Bach recordings will gradually appear here…. Two extracts from a concerts recorded at St Bartholomew the Great London (October a and November 2007) Bach-D minor Partita Sarabande D minor Sarabande Bach-B minor Partita Sarabande-Double Bach B minor Bach-C Major Sonata Largo C Major Bach (Violin-Stradivari 1699 ‘Crespi’ from the Collection of […]

Paganini’s Disciples-Ernesto Camillo Sivori

December 28, 2009

Ernesto Camillo Sivori (1815-1894) – Capriccio 1843-Eliza Wesley Scrapbook. World Premiere Recording 2005. Produced and Engineered-Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds) Excluding the small works written for the young Sivori, we have no accounts of Paganini writing a work for another violinist to perform.Sivori’s father had certainly hope more than the slight works which he composed for […]

Paganini Prelude-Vuillaume Steel Bow

December 26, 2009

Niccolo Paganini-Unpublished Prelude 1838 From the Collection of Andrew McGee Instruments-Vuillaume Rolled Steel Bow, Violin-Stradivari 1698 World Premiere recording. PSS 2005 Engineer/producer-Jonathan Haskell (astounding sounds) Paganini was constantly searchingfor new bow makers. A letter written on Lake Como in January 1824, reports that he had tried a number of bows, presumably all from one maker, […]