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Paganini in Leeds, Paganini with Lablache, Calumnies, Mary Shelley

January 23, 2016

Paganini and British Royalty In June of 1829, Paganini composed a Chant Patriotique MS 62. The title page reads: “Composed on the occasion of the accession of his Britannic Majesty, and King of Hannover, William IV/words by George Harrys.” Harrys, the ‘fiddler’s secretary’, seems to have driven its publication, in a version for Voce, Choir […]

Film: Amati & Maggini in the Waddeson Room, British Museum

January 20, 2016

On February 19th, I will be playing a concert of works linked to the Waddesdon Room at the British Museum, with the wonderful harpsichordist, Julian Perkins. Here’s a link Link

Il Ritorno in London and on Dartmoor January 2016

January 13, 2016

Il Ritorno in London and on Dartmoor January 2016 In 2013, I began an exciting new project with my friend and collaborator, the composer Michael Alec Rose. This involved spending time walking on, talking about, looking at, and listening to Dartmoor. You can see the early stages of the project here. LINK In January 2016, […]

Archive-Home Page up till December 2015

January 6, 2016

  ‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s playing sets a gold standard.’BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 2014 ‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved weaves his haunted presence as primus inter pares into what can be heard as extended chamber music. A superb disc.’ (Henze Concertos-reviewed in Gramophone Magazine July 2015) I am delighted to answer-just use the ‘Contact’ link. It is incredibly useful […]

This violinist’s thoughts: Mozart E minor Sonata K.304, B flat Sonata K 454

December 27, 2015

This violinist’s thoughts: Mozart E minor Sonata K.304 The Electress Maria-Elisabeth, dedicatee of this set of sonatas (published by Sieber of Paris) in the Autumn of 1778 was clearly a keyboard player. No fewer than three of the her portraits depict her at, or with harpsichords or pianos. Mozart presented her with the engraved set […]

L’école d’Orphée, Op.18 (Corrette, Michel) & Nicolas Augustin Chappuy violin

December 15, 2015

Corrette, Michel-Menuets 1,2,3 ‘L’école d’Orphée’ Op.18 Violin-Chappuy ca. 1760, Bow- FX Tourte ca 1770) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] (Workshop-‘at the practice desk’ recording 17 12 15)   (15th December 2015) A new project begins, bringing together an astonishing and immaculate violin by Chappuy and the L’école d’Orphée (1738) by Michel Corrette. I will […]

Schubert-B flat String Trio (1817) Live at Wilton’s Music Hall

December 13, 2015

Schubert-B flat String Trio (1817) Live at Wilton’s Music Hall Kreutzer Quartet Winter Series Peter Sheppard Skaerved Violins Neil Heyde –Cello Guest Artist-Diana Matthews-Viola Wilton’s Music Hall 7th December 7.30pm Franz Schubert-B Flat Major String Trio D.581 (1817) Allegro ModeratoAndante-Menuetto: allegretto-Rondo: allegretto [Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to […]

Many Schuberts

December 13, 2015

…as so often happens when recording, we end up with choices which are too hard to make. Here’s the slow movement of: Schubert-D Major Sonata D384 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Leopold Widhalm, Nuremberg 1782) Bow (F X Tourte Paris ca 1770) Julian Perkins-Square Piano (Clementi, London 1801) …four full takes, no edits-different ornamentation, octave displacements….but I […]

Overnights. 1915-2015/6 for DMAG/Joined Up

December 12, 2015

Overnights. 1915-2015 for DMAG/Joined Up    

Schubert-D 355 8 Ländler for Solo Violin 1816

December 11, 2015

Schubert-D 355 8 Ländler for Solo Violin 1816 Violin-Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Girolamo Amati 1629) Live, Wilton’s Music Hall 7th January 2015 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I have never really understood why we violinists ignore a vast tranche of our solo repertoire. From the mid 18th to the mid 19th century, hundreds, if […]