Harriet Cohen

March 7, 2011

Harriet Cohen – (Harriet Cohen by Clara Kinghoffer oil on canvas, 1925 Primary Collection)  The pianist Harriet Cohen enjoyed an almost unequalled breadth of communication, of access, to the creative minds of her day. There can be little doubt that this was in some part due to her irrestistible glamour, as well as a spell-binding, […]

H G Wells

March 7, 2011

H.G. Wells – (Herbert George Wells by Gisèle Freund colour print, 1939 )       In 1926, it had been the writer HG Wells who stood up to the London critics in defence of Stravinsky’s Les Noces. He was passionate about music, and frequently alluded to composers in his fiction, in his Tono Bungay , he noted […]

National Portrait Gallery-Only Connect

March 7, 2011

THIS WEEK: National Portrait Gallery: Only Connect 9 September 2011, 18:30 Free admission My exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, ‘Only Connect’ runs until 27th November. This Friday, I am presenting a ‘Paganini in London’ response to the exhibition, which features portraits of Paganini and his circle in London-Mendelssohn, Lindley, Mori, Cartwright, Dragonetti, Leigh Hunt. […]

York 2011

March 5, 2011

Two days in York: Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski and Neil Heyde) have just given two days of concerts and workshops at York University, where they are ‘artists in association’. There were workshops with young composers on their works, with young performers on Beethoven and Brahms, and a session on new works written for the Quartet, […]


December 19, 2010

Tartini-30 Solo Sonatas In January, Peter will begin recording the cycle of Tartini-30 Sonate Piccole which formed his groundbreaking series at St Bartholomew’s series in 2010. This will result in a 5 Cd set of this extraordinary cycle of works, recorded on the ‘Joachim’ Stradivarius and complete with extensive historical and musicological notes. There is an […]

Building the list

December 11, 2010

Mihajlo Abramovski-Concerto Jim Aitchison-Shibboleth Jim Aitchison-Fugue Reflections Jim Aitchison-String Quartet Jim Aitchison-Memory Field Jim Aitchison-Rothko Sextet Jim Aitchison-Violin/Cello Duo Lars Bagger-Julen Velsignet Lars Bagger-Anton is Sleeping Lars Bagger-Chorale Lars Bagger-Unfinished Simon Bainbridge-Clarinet Quintet Laurie Bamon-The Wind Judith Bingham-The Lost Works of Paganini Nigel Clarke-Pernambuco Nigel Clarke-The Miraculous Violin Nigel Clarke-Black Fire Nigel Clarke-Loulan Nigel Clarke-Parnassus […]

The Malmö Project

September 17, 2010

Following on from the highly successful Kreutzer Quartet visit to Malmö last year, a new project has started. Over the next year PSS will be working with composers and performers at the Malmö Music High School (Part of the Lund University), building towards a Kreutzer Quartet residency at next year’s CONNECT Festival. As the project […]

Films: Bartok-Sonata No 2

September 15, 2010

Bartok’s 2nd Sonata-dedicated to Jelly D’Aranyi.  (Ist Movt) PSS, with Aaron Shorr-Piano  (Festival Re-Musica Pristina 2006)

Brahms and Dvorák at Wiltons

July 26, 2010

Dvorák and Brahms at Wilton’s Music Hall  Friday 31st July 730 pm Pre-concert Talk-7 pm  Johannes Brahms-B Flat Major Quartet Op 67 (1875) Antonin Dvorák-G major Quintet Op 77 (Original Version-1875) Plus: David Blake-Fantasy  Kreutzer Quartet (PSS, Mihailo  Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) Guest Artist-Rachel Meerloo (Double Bass) On Friday 31st July, the Kreutzers bring […]

Faure and the violin….

July 9, 2010

Rough notes on Fauré and the violin. Pre concert talk given 27th June 2010   Gabriel Fauré’s piano writing might be said to begin with Chopin’s triumphant visits to Paris; there he played chamber music with Pierre Baillot, concertos under Francois Habeneck, sonatas with Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, whilst Delacroix sketched; Paris was littered with pianists as […]