These works show Dodgson's acute ability to highlight the best aspects of whatever instruments he chose to write for... There is an elegance so appealing about the Sonata for Oboe and Piano that it has you wanting to hear it again immediately... Showing that the oboe is a versatile instrument that can be teamed with most others, Dodgson’s gorgeous Countdown is a suite for oboe and harp—and what perfect partners they make... His Suite in C minor... Bucolic, bluesy, reflective, dreamy and dancing natures are all evident in this infectious fourteen-minute work...
Hats off to all four musicians: James Turnbull for his quite luminescent playing, Libby Burgess for her faithful and sympathetic pianism, Eleanor Turner for a meltingly gorgeous harp, and Robyn Allegra Parton for a superb rendition of the Three Winter Songs.
A reflection on a special concert: 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.
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."
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. If you can’t make it to Wigmore Hall in person, the concert is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 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[...]
The New Cambridge Singers, under the direction of Graham Walker, perform Stephen Dodgson’s Christmas Collection as part of their 2019 Christmas concert. One beautiful miniature from the collection, Dormi Jesu, was recently recorded by the Marian Consort but this will be the world premiere performance of the complete collection. Hear the Marian Consort sing Dormi Jesu (excerpt or sign in to Spotify):
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[...]