Announcing the new release of the second instalment of the Toccata recordings of Stephen Dodgson's music for winds, performed by the Magnard Ensemble, combining Dodgson's sense of fun and an occasional spiky vivacity with hints of Baroque formality but also a particularly English strain of lyricism.
We are delighted to announce the new video recordings – a joint venture by the Cherubim Trust and Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust – of Stephen Dodgson’s Cello Partita and his Duo for Cello and Guitar. Both videos were especially recorded in the late composer’s house. Do enjoy and share the recordings below! Cello Partita Duo for Cello and Guitar No related posts.
It was a memorable and hugely enjoyable evening and, perhaps, the first of many new performances of this fine work by a fine composer and musician. There was without exception very fine singing and playing... and the audience’s reception was of uninhibited enthusiasm.
An excellent disc in which the three piano trios are the stars, the performance of these works by the Bernard Roberts Piano Trio is all that you could wish for, with a strong sense of ensemble playing throughout leading to wonderful performances... and the Music for Winds a splendid disc, one which is expertly performed throughout by the Magnard Ensemble.
This is a fine companion disc to volume one, one which provides further proof that Stephen Dodgson was an accomplished composer for the piano, whilst the playing of Bernard Roberts is excellent once again.... Another wonderful disc that all fans of the music of Dodgson will want
The music on these two discs conveys a spirit of grown-up charm, clarity, bell timbres, catchy rhythmic cells and gamelan fertility... On the technical side we get first class piano sound. The project is lifted by the great artistry of Bernard Roberts – excellent both in the articulation of much dazzling fast music and in probing the poignant heart of the more reflective sections.
It feels incredibly special to have had this concerto written for me. It actually also turned out to be Stephen’s last composition, and so it is even more of an honour to be the recipient and to have had the chance to work on it with him. I have since gone on to perform various other new works, but this concerto will always be my most treasured commission.
Bernard Roberts' playing is excellent throughout especially in the way that he can articulate the differing passages and intensities within a single movement... I found this disc to be rewarding and a fine addition to my growing catalogue of Stephen Dodgson discs... These works have for far too long been hidden in the shadows of his works for guitar... A worthy investment for anyone interested in twentieth century piano music in general and the music of Stephen Dodgson in particular.
St Helens Sinfonietta perform Stephen Dodgson’s Idyll for strings at an evening which also explores works by Villa-Lobos, Britten, Pärt, Purcell and Bill Connor. Soprano – Lynn Rogers Conductor – Jay Hall St Helens Sinfonietta
As part of their three-day residency at the Purcell School, pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet perform a lunchtime concert solely devoted to Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1, which the group recorded together in 2017. Dodgson (1924–2013): Piano quintet in C Largo e sostenuto – Allegro con brio Andantino Allegro assai Maestoso The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 2TS Concert open to the public. For more details, email email@example.com.
On what would have been Stephen Dodgson’s 96th birthday, pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet perform a concert of quartets and quintets in Pisa including Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1. Programme Haydn: String quartet op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Schumann: Piano quintet op. 44 in E flat major I Concerti della Normale Teatro Verdi Via Palestro 40 56127 Pisa Italy
Guitarist Michael Butten performs Stephen Dodgson’s Fantasy Divisions in the latter’s much beloved Barnes as part of the Barnes Music Festival. This intimate lunchtime concert also includes works by Dowland, Bach, Legnani and Albeniz.
In their Franco-British programme entitled ‘Four hands on one piano’, pianists Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins jointly perform Stephen Dodgson’s Tournament for twenty fingers alongside works by Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Lambert and Grainger at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Programme Petite Suite, L 65 – Debussy En bateau – Cortège – Menuet – Ballet Ma mère l’Oye – Ravel – Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant – Petit Poucet – Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes – Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête – Le jardin féerique La belle excentrique – Satie – Grande ritournelle – Marche franco-lunaire – Valse du mysterieux baiser dans l’œil – Cancan Grand-Mondain Trois Pièces nègres pour les touches[...]
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet reunite to perform a concert of quartets and quintets in Cambridge including Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1, which they recorded together in 2017. Programme Mendelssohn (1809–1847): String quartet no. 1 in E flat major op. 12 Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante Canzonetta. Allegretto Andante espressivo Molto allegro e vivace Dodgson (1924–2013): Piano quintet in C Largo e sostenuto – Allegro con brio Andantino Allegro assai Maestoso Schumann (1810–1856): Piano quintet in E flat major, op. 44 Allegro brillante In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente Scherzo: Molto vivace Allegro ma non[...]
Karolos open the Church Stretton Arts Festival with a performance of Stephen Dodgson’s Septet Variations alongside Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Karolos brings together internationally-acclaimed soloists in a unique chamber music group. The ensemble is committed to seeking out new repertoire, as well as performing works from the canon. The group has embarked upon a series of performances and recordings of Stephen Dodgson’s chamber music which have received rave reviews including 5 stars and Editor’s Choice in Classical Source. Programme Dodgson – Septet Variations Ravel – Introduction & Allegro Mozart – Clarinet Quintet Performers Harriet McKenzie (violin) Eulalie Charland (violin) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Graham Walker[...]
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet reunite to perform a concert of quartets and quintets including Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 2 for the Holmes Chapel Music Society. This is a special occasion as this work was originally commissioned by the society. The Tippett Quartet and Abbate went on to record it together in 2017 and now they are bringing it back to its birthplace. Programme Haydn String quartet in B minor op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson Piano Quintet No. 2 (HCMS commission) Puccini Crisantemi Schumann Piano quintet