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Baltic August

August 14, 2014

 

César Cui – Lettre d’amour

August 8, 2014

I can’t play this piece without thinking of Pushkin, so I thought that I would share it, ,with a section from  Eugen Onegin.  Twenty years, and I still think this is one of the most intimate pieces I know. Miraculous. César  Cui – ‘Lettre d’amour’ (No 21 From Kaleidoscope) Peter Shepppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1714 ‘Maurin’ Aaron Shorr-Piano […]

David Matthews-Mirror Canon (1963)

July 30, 2014

David Matthews-Mirror Canon (1963) Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde Recorded-30 7 14 Aldbury Parish Church- Engineer-Jonathan Haskell Musical supervision-David Matthews Today, we recorded the very first piece which David Matthews wrote for String Quartet, a mirror canon, which he completed in 1963 at the age of 20. The beginnings of […]

Robert Schumann- Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Arr. David Matthews)

July 30, 2014

Robert Schumann- ‘Im wunderschönen Monat Mai’ (Op. 48, No. 1)(Arr. David Matthews) Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde Recorded-29 7 14 Aldbury Parish Church- Engineer-Jonathan Haskell Musical supervision-David Matthews Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Knospen sprangen, da ist in meinem Herzen die Liebe aufgegangen. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Vögel […]

Alexander Scriabin/David Matthews-Prelude Op 75

July 29, 2014

Alexander Scriabin/David Matthews-Prelude Op 75 Version for String Quartet. World Premiere Recording-Outtake Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde Recorded-29 7 14 Aldbury Parish Church- Engineer-Jonathan Haskell Musical supervision-David Matthews

Composers-works (In preparation)

July 18, 2014

Jim Aitchison-Portraits for a Study Judith Bingham-Shelley Dreams William Bolcom-Sonoata No 4 Richard Causton-Seven States of Rain Nigel Clarke–’Dogger Fisher German Bight, Humber Thames Dover Wight’ Nigel Clarke-’Parnassus’   Edward Cowie-Quartet 3 Jeremy Dale Roberts-’Capriccio’ Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis (String Trio) Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia (Violin & Piano) David Gorton-Dowland Transcriptions Sadie Harrison-Gallery Sadie Harrison-Scheherazade (Solo Violin) […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis  (1979) String Trio Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin. Morgan Goff-Viola, Neil Heyde-Cello -this string trio, by one of the great living composers, has been a key work for me ever since I was introduced to it a decade ago. Written in 1979-80, it lay unaccountably neglected, for decades after it’s premiere. It took a […]

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia

July 7, 2014

Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia 1.Appasionata-with elan/2.Semplice;feroce/3.Frozen/4.Presto;still/5.Acuto/Andante lugubre-barcarolla Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin/Aaron Shorr-Piano (recorded 2009) Jeremy Dale Roberts notes that this passionate cycle of pieces, which we premiered at Wiltons Music Hall in 2008, takes as its starting point two fragments from the Tristia  (1917-20) of Osip Mandelstam@ ‘We shall die in transparent Petropolis, Were Prosperina rules over us…’ ‘And […]

Practice: Michelangelo-Bach 5 7 14

July 5, 2014

Practice: 5th July 2014Totally unable to tear myself away from Michelangelo’s ‘Entombment’ at the NG today. I arrived at 11 and realised when I left that I had sat there for four hours. Much of it wondering what music might reach such heights/depths. I am not going to offer any answer but three readings of […]

With the composer in the Recording Studio-inspiration from Jereremy Dale Roberts

July 3, 2014

Working with Jeremy Dale Roberts on his Capriccio  (1965) in the recording studio I find the that recording studio is one of the most creative places to explore the music that I love in depth, and not under pressure. This week’s work with Jeremy Dale Roberts, one of great voices, is a good place to explore that process. […]