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.
Announcing the release today of the first instalment of the Toccata recordings of Stephen Dodgson's music for winds, performed by the Magnard Ensemble. Much of the repertoire brings his sense of fun to the fore, often through rhythmic mischief or an insouciance that recalls Poulenc, but it also has that particularly English strain of lyricism that suggests the impermanence of beauty.
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet perform a concert of piano quintets, at the Penkhull Festival of Music, including Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1 which they recently recorded on the Toccata Classics label and a voted a MusicWeb recording of the year. Programme Mendelssohn: String quartet no. 1 in E flat major op. 12 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Chris Brammeld: string quartet Schumann: Piano quintet op. 44 in E flat major St Thomas’s Church Manor Court Street Penkhull Stoke-on-Trent Staffs ST4 7LG
The Marian Consort perform works from their recently recorded CD ‘Music for the Queen of Heaven’ including Stephen Dodgson’s beautiful miniature Dormi Jesu. Hear director Rory McCleery discussing the music > Marian Consort blog on touring the programme > Programme Byrd – Salve Regina a4 Roxanna Panufnik – St Pancras Magnificat Stephen Dodgson – Dormi Jesu Tallis – Videte miraculum Cecilia McDowall – Alma Redemptoris Mater Ludford – Ave cuius conceptio Tallis – Euge caeli porta Britten – A Hymn to the Virgin Parsons – Ave Maria Judith Weir – Ave Regina Caelorum
Karolos in a co-operative of nine of the UK’s leading chamber players, often playing, as here, in smaller sub-groups. They have recently been involved in recording a number of Stephen Dodgson’s chamber works, including this lovely String Trio, which has rarely been played since its première nearly 70 years ago. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming name of Mozart’s K563 – it is one of his greatest, and most substantial, chamber works. Programme Beethoven – String Trio in G Op 9 No. 1 Stephen Dodgson – String Trio No. 1 (1951) Mozart – Divertimento in E flat K563 Harriet Mackenzie –[...]
In a a Barnes Music Society concert entitled ‘A Playful Tournament – Duality’, pianists Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins jointly perform Stephen Dodgson’s Tournament for twenty fingers alongside works by Mozart, Weber, Schubert and Grieg. Programme Sonata in D Major, K381 – Mozart Allegro Andante Allegro molto From Huit Pièces, op. 60 – Weber Moderato – Allegro – Adagio – Alla zingara – Alla siciliana – Rondo Rondo in A major for piano four hands, D951 – Schubert Tournament for twenty fingers – Dodgson Gavotte – Romance – Fantasia in C minor – Cradle Song – Hill-Billy Norwegian Dances, op. 35 – Grieg
On what would have been Stephen Dodgson’s 97th 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
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[...]