Captured in beguilingly immediate sound that creates the impression of Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins playing in your living room, this is a recording I have already returned to several times simply for the pleasure of hearing two players at the top of their game.
We're delighted to announce that guitarist Sungbin Cho has won second prize at the Royal Academy of Music's concerto competition with Stephen Dodgson's Guitar Concerto No. 1. Cho also won the International Guitar Competition in October with a programme which featured Dodgson's Partita No. 1.
Announcing the release of 'Tournament for Twenty Fingers', a collection of piano duets performed by Julian Perkins and Emma Abbate, featuring the Dodgson suite by the same name and his Sonata for piano duet alongside works by Berkeley, Arnell and Lambert.
Reflections from the performers of Dodgson's Cadilly. 'The overriding thing is his sense of humour, even in the most profoundly beautiful moments.' 'Whatever the mood or character, whatever the scene is, there is such a clear picture painted through the textures and the colours in instruments and the vocalists.' 'It's very colourful music – expect the unexpected!'
Fletcher’s expertly crafted distillation of Cobbold’s novel is set by Dodgson to music that’s as telling as it is unobtrusive ... Dodgson’s compositions went wider and deeper than any of us imagined ... Like Britten, he had the gift of needing very few instrument – Margaret Catchpole is scored for just 11 players – to paint pictures and distil moods.
There is a wonderful limpidity to Dodgson’s vocal lines, the words … always clearly audible and never obscured by the accompanying ensemble... The fanciful ending... is wonderfully poetic in Dodgson’s sunlit setting.
Cellist Evva Mizerska and guitarist Jiva Housden perform an afternoon recital at the Harwich Festival featuring Stephen Dodgson’s Duo for Cello and Guitar alongside works by Boccherini, de Falla and Burgmüller. Both are intimately well versed in Dodgson’s musical language: Mizerska previously recorded his complete cello and piano works with Emma Abbate while Housden forms part of the Mēla Quartet who recently recorded a rich variety of his guitar chamber works.