It feels incredibly special to have had this concerto written for me. It actually also turned out to be Stephen’s last composition, and so it is even more of an honour to be the recipient and to have had the chance to work on it with him. I have since gone on to perform various other new works, but this concerto will always be my most treasured commission.
Bernard Roberts' playing is excellent throughout especially in the way that he can articulate the differing passages and intensities within a single movement... I found this disc to be rewarding and a fine addition to my growing catalogue of Stephen Dodgson discs... These works have for far too long been hidden in the shadows of his works for guitar... A worthy investment for anyone interested in twentieth century piano music in general and the music of Stephen Dodgson in particular.
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!
Book launch with Eleanor Oldroyd with music by Handel, Holst, Howells, Dodgson, Davis, Parker, Goodall and Panufnik What is there in the waters of Barnes that holds such an attraction for artists and music makers? Since George Frideric Handel’s sojourn at Barn Elms in 1713, a succession of leading composers have made the village their home. From Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells to Howard Goodall and Roxanna Panufnik, they have raised children and written music to the accompaniment of the birds on the Common, and the ebb and flow of the tidal Thames. So have they found inspiration in this[...]
Award-winning choir Pegasus and a stellar group of instrumentalists and soloists open the Barnes Music Festival with a concert that pairs Bach and Stephen Dodgson’s Magnificats, ahead of Dodgson’s centenary on 17th March, conducted by Festival Director James Day. Bach – Magnificat in D Dodgson – Magnificat Tickets available via the Barnes Music Festival website.
Under the distinguished direction of Stephen Layton, the Holst Singers give a performance showcasing the works of Barnes composers including Stephen Dodgson and Gustav Holst in their respective 100tha dn 150th anniversary years, as well as a number of students mentored by the latter. Howells A Hymn for St Cecilia Imogen Holst A Hymne to Christ Dodgson Evening Hymn Rubbra A Hymn to God the Father Rubbra Eternitie Gustav Holst The Evening-Watch Roxanna Panufnik O Hearken Roxanna Panufnik Celestial Bird Roxanna Panufnik Deus est caritas Howells Behold O God our Defender John Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light Gustav Holst Nunc Dimittis Gustav Holst Lord who has made us for Thine own Tickets available via the Barnes[...]
Nicholas Daniel and friends come together to offer a rich programme that promises to show off their musical expertise and extensive shared experienceand spotlights unusual compositions, celebrating works from Britain and beyond, including Stephen Dodgson’s Flood and The Old Cigarette Lighter, two delightful ‘Entertainments’ for woodwind with narration for the players, the former setting John Heath-Stubbs and the latter with a libretto from David Reynolds. Imogen Holst Suite for Wind Quartet Dodgson Flood Ravel arr. Farrington Mother Goose Dodgson The Old Cigarette Lighter Dukas arr Farrington The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Martin Butler Dirty Beasts Nicholas Daniel, Oboe Joy Farrall, Clarinet Sarah Burnett, Bassoon Tom Hancox, Flute Ben Goldscheider, Horn Huw[...]
Jack Hancher performs a number of Stephen Dodgson Etudes alongside works Jose, Debussy, Mompou and Elbeniz in his Barnes Music Festival lunchtime guitar recital. Described by Gendai Guitar Magazine as a “poet and a painter, colouring sounds out of the guitar as if his imagination and the guitar were one”, Hancher made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2018 and won the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2022, becoming just the third guitarist to do so. Dowland Praeludium Dowland Fantasia in G Major Dodgson Selections from Etudes Satie Gymnopedie no.1 Jose Allegro Moderato (from Sonata for Guitar) Jose Pavana Triste (from Sonata for[...]
This celebratory concert brings together works from many of the composers who have lived and worked in Barnes. Stephen Dodgson’s 100th anniversary is celebrated with his Trumpet Concerto – his last work, written in 2011 – and the trumpeter he wrote it for, Imogen Whitehead. A festival with the theme of legends which celebrates Holst’s 150th anniversary would not be complete without The Planets. Both Jim Parker and Carl Davis sadly died last year and their lives are marked by the popular pieces they wrote respectively for Midsomer Murders and Pride & Prejudice. Current star composers Howard Goodall and Roxanna Panufnik[...]
The versatile chamber ensemble Karolos perform Stephen Dodgson’s String Trio no. 2 at the Conway Hall alongside a selection of works by Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Renowned for the energy and vitality of their concerts as well as their extraordinary musicianship, they perform a broad repertoire ranging from classics to recent commissions. The group previously recorded the trio along with a number of Dodgson works to great acclaim. “a dynamic, virtuoso chamber collective of first-rate players.” Gramophone Magazine Programme Schubert – String Trio in B flat D471 Bach – arr. Mackenzie: Sinfonia No.3 in C minor BWV788 Bach – arr. Mackenzie: Sinfonia[...]
Tenor James Gilchrist and guitarist Mark Eden will be performing a selection of Stephen Dodgson guitar songs at St Mary’s Church in Arkengarthdale at 4pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024 as part of the Swaledale Festival. The programme will also include music by Dowland, Schubert and Alec Roth. James Gilchrist is a leading interpreter of Oratorio and Song, especially the German and English repertoire. He is internationally renowned as one of the evangelists in Bach’s passions and oratorios and maintains an ongoing interest in older music, regularly performing as a soloist with viol consorts, lutenists and period pianos. Mark Eden is better known as one[...]
The Magnard Ensemble and a cast of soloists perform Stephen Dodgson’s short chamber opera Cadilly alongside his Gipsy Songs at Conway Hall. Cadilly, based on one of the Tales from the Fens by W. H. Barrett, tells the story of a beautiful woman and ‘willing maid’ who is loved by the scholars, their tutors and the townsmen alike but jailed for ‘immoral behaviour’! A vibrant and comic piece. Programme Dodgson – Sonata Gipps – The Lady of the Lambs Vaughan Williams – Ten Blake Songs for Soprano and Oboe Arnold – Three Shanties Dodgson – Cadilly Pre-concert talk – 5.30pm Concert – 6.30pm Tickets will be available via the[...]