We’re delighted to announce the release of a new recording of Stephen Dodgson guitar chamber works performed by the Mēla Guitar Quartet and a number of other talented artists (see below).
Stephen Dodgson was one of the most prolific and respected 20th-century composers for guitar. Including a première recording of the ingenious Change-Ringers, the chamber works on this recording make use of a rich palette of tonal colours, taking us on an unconventional and often witty journey of rhythmic excitement, serenity, dissonance and beauty.
The Mēla Guitar Quartet share their thoughts on the recording:
“The project was incredibly special and it has been inspiring to work with such amazing artists as the Eden-Stell guitar duo, violinist Hartmut Richter, cellist Evva Mizerska, Flautist Octavia Lamb, soprano Antonia Gentile and guitarist Michael Butten.
The music, recorded by master engineer/producer John Taylor, includes some of Dodgson’s most substantial works that include guitar. Due to their size and difficulty these pieces are very rarely played but are absolute gems of the guitar repertoire. Particular highlights include the world premiere of Change-ringers for quartet and Selevan Story, a witty, evocative piece, that illustrates through an imaginative of timbre a quintessential eccentrically English story.”
The recording is available to buy now at:
Since the above release and blog, we’re pleased to update this post with a number of reviews of the recording and the quartet’s launch concert.