On Friday 23rd March, a throng of lunchtime concert-goers were treated to a delightful gem of a recital – the celebration of Jane Clark Dodgson’s 90th birthday at St Mary’s, Barnes and part of the sixth Barnes Music Festival. Jane Clark Dodgson, Stephen Dodgson’s widow, herself a harpsichordist and Baroque specialist of some repute, picked a number of favourite pieces by Stephen nestled between a choice selection Baroque chamber works. Thoughtful and entertaining programme notes gave us a little context to all the pieces and also a bit of background to Jane and Stephen’s own musical journeys. At the centre […]
I was very glad to have this disc of rarities by the late Stephen Dodgson. Turner’s harp playing is as ever rhythmical, compelling and totally committed. Turnbull’s faultless intonation and pure sound are also lovely to hear in this work which I hope will be more often performed.
All four performers on the disc are excellent musicians and their playing/singing demonstrates assured technical ability, faultless ensemble, a real understanding and appreciation of Stephen Dodgson’s compositions, together with the means of conveying to the listener his wit and humour, rhythmic tension as well as the constant changes of mood. This is musicianship of a high order.
What always stands out when listening to Stephen Dodgson’s music is the way he writes for each instrument, exploring its sound possibilities, in a unique way. His music is easy to follow but it is never predictable... The Mela Guitar Quartet are sensitive players, who listen to each other carefully and produce a very unified sound, which is also very expressive. Their high level of musicianship makes you forget that you are listening to simply four guitars and carries you into a different sound world."
The Marian Consort director, Rory McCleery shares with us the story behind group, the process of commissioning new premieres and the discovery of little-known gems such as Stephen Dodgson's Dormi Jesu which feature on their new recording 'Music for the Queen of Heaven'.
On 3rd November, an audience gathered full of anticipation at St James's church, Piccadilly, for the launch concert of the latest recording of Stephen Dodgson works: a complete recording of his guitar chamber works performed by the Mēla Guitar Quartet and friends.
"The performances by the Tippett Quartet and the nimble-fingered Emma Abbate in the Piano Quintets and Susan Monks as the additional cellist in the String Quintet are a model of chamber ensemble playing. Their understanding is palpable and the ensemble flawless, the effect one of total refinement—just like Dodgson’s music. The sound is superb, the recordings having been made in the church of St Silas the Martyr in Kentish Town. A truly wonderful disc and another winner from Toccata Classics."
"I was introduced to the music of Stephen Dodgson through the wonderful series of discs that present his string quartets that appeared on Dutton. Since then I have explored a little deeper into his output and enjoyed everything that I have heard. This present disc gives examples of his chamber music that includes guitar and various instruments - he was known for composing for strange combinations of instruments as some of the works on this disc clearly demonstrate."
Conductor, keyboard player and director of Sounds Baroque Julian Perkins shares with us his experience of giving a performance, including several works by Stephen Dodgson, at a particularly unusual venue at the Swaledale Festival.
Discover some of the most extraordinary music written for guitar with the Mēla Guitar Quartet in an eclectic evening featuring Stephen Dodgson’s Change-Ringers alongside works by Bach, Philip Houghton, S. Goss, Sergio Assad and Bryan Johannson. Programme J.S. Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578 Philip Houghton – Opals S. Goss – Carmen Fantasy on themes by G. Bizet Sergio Assad – Uarekena Stephen Dodgson – Change-Ringers Bryan Johannson – Pluck, Strum and Hammer And works by Egberto Gistmonti and Timothy Bowers Tickets £15, £10 (£12, £8 in advance) Available on the door and from: 07783 628 495 / www.melagq.com
Barts Chamber Choir under the direction of Julian Perkins will perform the world premiere of Stephen Dodgson’s Lines from Hal Summers, as well as works by Stanford and Holst in the beautiful setting of St Giles-in-the-Fields in the bustling heart of London. More details to follow.
As part of the 25th Northern Aldoborough Festival, the hugely experienced conductor and keyboard player Julian Perkins performs ‘Clavichord Connections’, an exploration of works by Stephen Dodgson and Herbert Howells in addition to pieces that inspired them by composers as diverse as William Byrd and Domenico Scarlatti. ‘Exuberantly stylish’ Sunday Times Buy tickets > More details about the festival and other concerts can be found at: http://www.aldboroughfestival.co.uk/
The Vickers-Bovey guitar duo will be performing a programme of music for Lake District Summer Music, including Stephen Dodgson’s Promenade I and Pastourelle, at the beautiful setting of Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere. Their programme will also include works by Rameau, Pierre Petit, Joaquin Nin-Culmell and Nikita Koshkin.
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet unite for a performance of piano quintets, hosted by the Stratford-upon-Avon Music Society, 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 Haydn: String quartet op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Puccini: “Crisantemi” for String quartet Schumann: Piano quintet in E flat major Quintets CD reviews MusicWeb review British Music Society review Klassisk Musikk review Musical Opinion review You can also listen to/buy the recording at Toccata Classics.
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet unite for a performance of piano quintets, hosted by the Canterbury Music Club, 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 Haydn: String quartet op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Puccini: “Crisantemi” for String quartet Schumann: Piano quintet in E flat major Quintets CD reviews MusicWeb review British Music Society review Klassisk Musikk review Musical Opinion review You can also listen to/buy the recording at Toccata Classics.
If Italy was the ‘cradle of the renaissance’, it was also the ‘playground of the Baroque’. Julian Perkins and Sounds Baroque’s The Italian Connection celebrates the infusion of Italian music throughout Europe with a programme that juxtaposes works by esteemed Baroque Masters with Baroque-inspired tonal works by Stephen Dodgson. Dodgson works include Invention No. 5 from Set 1: ‘The Worm’; Invention No. 5 from Set 2: ‘Plush and Roses’ and The New Terpsichore, Book 1. Julian Perkins harpsichord Sophie Barber violin Karin Björk violin Henrik Persson cello Sounds Baroque Italian Connection programme Find out more about Concerts at Cratfield.