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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 […]


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Niccolo Paganini-Unpublished Prelude 1838 From the Collection of Andrew McGee Instruments-Vuillaume Rolled Steel Bow, Violin-Stradivari 1698 World Premiere recording.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, […]

Paul Pellay-Evolving to

December 15, 2009

I met the composer Paul Pellay when we were both students at the Royal Academy of Music. At that time, although I was involved in performances of some of his music, we did not develop a collaboration. That had to wait for some years. Evolving to….(1006)Track05 PSS-Violin Recording Engineer: Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) This was […]

Louise Vale-Poetry for Wilton’s

December 11, 2009

  Poet Louise Vale responds to the enchanted spaces of Wilton’s Music Hall.   As   It   Was [Fuse the future with a version of the past. Take up your opera glasses, breathe into former pleasures, remember someone else’s bliss]   Welcome. Over clinking from the bar, voices rise, a chatter of anticipation, footsteps clatter, seats […]

Schubert and the violin

December 8, 2009

  Discussion continues within the Quartet as to where Schubert’s crazy late violin writing comes from. Imagine him handing the last movement of the G major Quartet to his violinist brother Ferdinand. One supposes that the initial reaction would have been: “What the hell is this?”! However, if we go back ten years, and look […]

Work on ‘Il Cannone’

December 6, 2009

October 20th 2014. I have been asked to write a short piece talking about the experience of performing on Paganini’s wonderful violin on Gut strings. To date, I am the only person to have done this, it seems! Here is what I wrote yesterday.    Like many violinists, I feel as if I have known […]

George Rochberg

December 5, 2009

George Rochberg -Caprice Variations Conversations and Commentaries listen: Rochberg-Pachelbel Variations (Authorised Transcription by Peter Sheppard Skaerved) I Solisti di Zagreb (directed by PSS) (From conversations in Philadelphia, London, and Saarbrücken 2001-2002) In Banja Luka, I first ‘got’ ‘Caprice Variations’, or rather; it finally really took hold of me, of my soul. This recital hall is […]

Judith Bingham

December 3, 2009

The Premiere of Judith Bingham’s ‘Lost Works of Paganini’ in Genova. 2007 Peter has collaborated extensively on Judith Bingham since 2006. In that year, the composer was profoundly inspired by the arrival of Paganini’s violin in London, and became a fundamental part of the work and research that Peter was doing around this figure. Judith […]