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.
Solway Suite once again demonstrates Dodgson’s impeccable credentials for creating haunting melody, pastel colours and agreeable illustration, and for varying moods... Given the top-notch gallery of players, it is only necessary to relate the excellence of the performances, individually impressive and with meaningful interaction, and the recording captures every sound and nuance.
"Stephen's Concerto No.1 is modern but very appealing – melodic without being ingratiating. The orchestral writing is beautiful but still allows the guitar to cut through. Much as I like the concertos by Rodrigo et al, I find Stephen's work more interesting and concise. I was itching to play it."
These two discs comprise over two and a half hours of Stephen Dodgson’s strongly crafted music, beautifully played... Both discs are an absolute joy, the performances little short of ideal, perfect in intonation and ensemble, lively and delicate as required.
On a personal note, I absolutely love Stephen's Dormi Jesu, and it works so well in this programme – it's a wonderful moment when, at the end of the unconducted trio which has them absolutely mesmerised, you can hear the audience's audible exhalation and you realise they've been holding their breath in wonder!
Those who gravitate to the serious chamber intimacies of the Modern-Tonal yet expect there to be a consistently intricate edge and would like another twist to a kind of Neo-Classical outlook, seek no further.
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