Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15

October 22, 2015

Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Girolamo Amati 1629) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury Paganini Fantasia The Paganini Fantasy is a Liszt-ean ‘paraphrase’ on the Paganini’s 2nd violin Concerto, preserving something of the feeling of an extended orchestral ‘tutti’ followed by a concertante outburst. This first section is played muted; […]

Sadie Harrison-Solos and Duos (Toccata Classics TOCC0304) Review BBC Music Magazine

October 22, 2015

‘This collection of works by Sadie Harrison is a vivid exploration of the miniature. No single movement exceeds four minutes and the shortest is just 24 seconds, yet these five magnetic works explore content and form with a dazzling intensity. Many of the compositions are exphrastic in nature: ‘Hidden Ceremonies’ ‘fragments’ in sound the huge […]

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee

October 20, 2015

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee Today, an exciting conversation begins. I took the train to Oxford to visit my much-admired friend and colleague Douglas Young and the Choreographer Joelle Pappas. Douglas has been an inspiring collaborator for many years, as composer, pianist, thinker, and expert on the composer Priaulx Rainier. Our conversation today began […]

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process)

October 18, 2015

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process) 18 10 15 (at the practice desk) I am preparing to record the second volume of David Matthews’s extensive output for solo violin, this week. The first was released a year ago. http://www.toccataclassics.com/cms/album/matthews-solo-violin-music-1.html Link to buy volume 1 I thought that it might be valuable to document a small glimpse of […]

A few days: watching, listening. October 2015

October 17, 2015


Kenneth Hesketh

October 16, 2015

Kenneth Hesketh (16th October 2015). A wonderful afternoon of coffee and conversation with my dear friend and collaborator Kenneth Hesketh. I premiered a wonderful piece of his for violin and wind a number of years ago, and am planning on bringing the new version of that piece into the centre of my ‘Mozart Project’. Ken […]

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song

October 9, 2015

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song 8/9 10 15

A Nikosia Notebook. Ligeti, Brahms, Nono, Pencil, Paper, Violin

October 3, 2015

Olivier Messiaen – Fantaisie 1933  Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick Shoe Factory, Nikosia 6th October 2015 Concert Day Tuesday 6th  …should be as relaxed as possible, and the rehearsal this morning certainly was. Carly found a perfect eyrie to launch Messiaen’s ‘Appel Interstellaire’. After my colleagues had left, I spent a long time exploring the […]

Birdsong Bagatelles-Edward Cowie

September 24, 2015

Birdsong Bagatelles (Quartet No.5)-Edward Cowie Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) Unedited Session Outtakes 23 9 15 St John the Baptist Aldbury Engineer Jonathan Haskell Grey Heron ….brancher, crane, diddleton, frank, ern, frog-eater, harn, harnser, harnsey, hegrie, yern, yarn, varn, tammie herl, skiphegrie, ooze bird… Mute Swan I will play […]

David Matthews-Aria

September 21, 2015

David Matthews-Aria (1986) Peter Sheppard Skaerved Aaron Shorr Piano Live performance Canterbury UK 1999 Lofi-rip from C90 Tape ‘Aria was written in 1986 for Lorraine McAslan. The title refers to the shape of the piece and to the fact that the violin sings throughout. The aria proper is prefaced by an introduction where one might […]