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.
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
As part of the Barnes Music Festival (this year celebrating its 10th anniversary), pianist Osman Tack performs a lunchtime recital of Stephen Dodgson’s Six Bagatelles: Set 2 (their first public performance) alongside Chopin’s 24 Preludes Op. 28. Dodgson’s intriguing bagatelles use combinations of words and music to paint vivid and distinct pictures. With roots in Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier as well as the Spanish and African influences of Majorca, Chopin’s Preludes take us on a gothic journey of life and death. Osman is studying for a Master’s at the Royal College of Music with Sofya Gulyak and Danny Driver, having recently completed a PhD[...]
The Connaught Brass Ensemble, who return to the Barnes Music Festival (now in its 10th year) by popular demand, are a thrilling young ensemble at the start of what is sure to be a major international career. Centenaries, music for an occasion and those whose work should be heard more – this programme is a multi-faceted celebration of life and music, showcasing original repertoire for the brass quintet and new arrangements spanning from 1739 until the present day. From traditional brass favourites to a re-imagined opera, this performance brings together an eclectic mix of repertoire that celebrates some of Connaught Brass’s[...]
As part of the Barnes Music Festival (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year) the critically acclaimed and award-winning Mithras Trio present a colourful programme of works exploring dialogues between different cultures, styles and periods. In Dodgson’s second trio, the return to an earlier canonic style opens up vistas of conversational potential, as well as a dialogue with the past, shared by Brahms, whose first trio is a revision of an early work. Eröd’s sparkling first trio is a fusion of styles, from Hungarian Folk to impressionistic harmony and a strong jazz element. Programme Dodgson – Trio no 2 ‘Canonic Episodes’ Eröd[...]