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98 Solo movements from the Klagenfurt Manuscript

August 2, 2018

?? Two days ago, I finished recording the 98 solo movements of the ‘Klagenfurt Handskrift’ (ca. 1680-90) on the 1685 Stradivari from the Royal Northern College of Music College. As the only person who has performed every one of these movements, and after the work that began a year ago when you first sent me […]

The Klagenfurt Manuscript, day by day

June 7, 2018

Klagenfurt Handskrift Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Violin (Antonio Stradivari 1685). Bow (Antonino Airenti 2011) Day 4 11th June 2018 Anon-Page 71 B flat Major   I am fascinated by our sonic environments, how they are changed over time, and from place to place. City dwellers today are often surprised when they visit the countryside, and […]

Hans Werner Henze –Sonata for Viola and Piano 1979 A personal view

May 28, 2018

Hans Werner Henze –Sonata for Viola and Piano 1979 A personal view – Peter Sheppard Skærved  I have been playing Hans Werner Henze’s Sonata (1979) for viola and piano for eighteen years. My exploration of this extraordinary piece began with a performance in Hanover in 2000, as part of a concert where I played all […]

Jan Groth at MIA

March 28, 2018

The arrival of Jan Groth’s tapestry, ‘Sign 1979’ at MIA (The Minneapolis Institute of Art) this year, is a very exciting moment. This is one of the most important pieces of his work to cross the Atlantic, and it will be exhibited alongside three more of his ‘gobelins’ (tapestrys) in the Fountain Court of the […]

The dream of the Field Cricket (Gryllus Campestris)

March 8, 2018

The dream of the Field Cricket (Gryllus Campestris) 6 calls, for Laurence Rose (workshop recording. Copenhagen 14 4 19) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.   (For Laurence Rose) Single Field cricket chirrup-slowed down 500x Over the past year, I have been thinking about Field Crickets a lot. I was encouraged in this direction by […]

Edward Cowie – 2nd Quartet (in the studio)

February 17, 2018

Edward Cowie – 2nd Quartet (in the studio) Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde) Outtakes (unedited) from recording session 16th February 2018 St Michael’s Highgate  

William Gorton – A Major Prelude

January 22, 2018

William Gorton (fl.1694-d.1712) – A Major Prelude Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Antonio Stradivari (1685) live at St Mary – at – Hill (16th January 2018) Recording courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

Giuseppe Colombi(1635 — 1694) an introduction

January 20, 2018

Giuseppe Colombi(1635 — 1694) Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Violins (Antonio Stradivari 1685^)(Maggini 1600s#) Preludes & Vollenteris 7 . Live at St Mary at Hill, London 16th January 2018 Recording courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve) This charming chaconne is a perfect place to start exploring Colombi’s remarkable music for violin alone; a reminder that a […]

Alistair Hinton – ‘A Bouquet for David & Jenifer’

January 8, 2018

Alistair Hinton – ‘A Bouquet for David & Jenifer’ peter sheppard skaevred Amati 1629 Live at St Mary at Hill -Preludes & Vollenteries  16th January 2019 Recording courtesy of Colin Still, (Optic Nerve)    

Baltazar Richard (1600 – post 1660)– C minor ‘Violino Solo’

November 2, 2017

Baltazar Richard (attrib,) (1600 – post 1660)– C minor ‘Violino Solo’ Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Girolamo Amati 1629, St Mary Aldemary 26th October 2017 Recording courtesy of Colin Still We know almost nothing about Balthazar Richard. He seems to have been born around 1600 in Mons (although the perpetually unreliable François-Joseph Fétis suggests earlier), and perhaps died in […]