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.
An interview with conductor Julian Perkins about his friendship with Stephen Dodgson, the imaginative depictions of contrasting characters and landscapes in Margaret Catchpole, the composers whose influences can be felt in its soundworld, and plans for more recordings of Dodgson's music...
Stephen Dodgson left a notable body of work that is edging towards the recognition it deserves. Dodgson’s use of timbre, particularly woodwind (such as the gorgeous clarinet solos in Acts III and IV), recalls Britten's Sea Interludes, and his landscapes (the mists over the River Orwell; sunny Sydney) have an evocative, representational quality. William Wallace beguiles as bad boy Will Laud and Alistair Ollerenshaw is strong as the reliable, eventual ‘public benefactor’ John Barry
James Gilchrist talks to Radio 3's Sean Rafferty on In Tune about performing and recording Stephen Dodgson's solo songs, choosing between a medical and musical career, and music in the context of the pandemic.
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet pair Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 2 with Schumann’s piano quintet in an evening concert for the Sevenoaks Music Club. Programme Mendelssohn: String quartet in E flat op. 12 Dodgson: Quintet no. 2 Schumann: Quintet in E flat op. 44