In January this year, Marie van Rhijn performed several movements from Stephen Dodgson’s two Suites for Clavichord as part of her ‘Time Machine’ concert at the Handel House in London. Here, she tells us about performing these works. “On 10th January, I was delighted to perform several works by Stephen Dodgson at a recital for the British Clavichord Society and the British Harpsichord Society at the Handel and Hendrix House. I was lucky to play a beautiful clavichord by Peter Bavington. From the first suite, I chose first the ‘Plaint’, then the ‘Tambourin’. To me, those two movements really connect […]
We’re very pleased to announce the release of the recording of 24 Inventions for Harpsichord by Stephen Dodgson (Sets 1-4), recorded by Ekaterina Likhina on Naxos. For more about the Ekaterina’s style and approach, and the recording process, see the earlier blog about the Inventions CD. The official blurb: “Stephen Dodgson won Royal Philharmonic Society prizes for his early compositions, which signalled his emergence as a significant figure in British musical life. Though he composed in most genres he wrote with particular distinction for guitar and harpsichord and his sets of Inventions for harpsichord span a period of almost forty years. Scarlatti remained his inspiration […]
A gratifyingly insightful and complimentary review of the Stephen Dodgson ‘Complete Music for Cello and Piano’ by Jonathan Woolf in this month’s British Music Society newsletter: “Since Stephen Dodgson was fond of the medium of chamber music and as he wrote so well for the voice it’s not surprising that his cello works should be so infused with lyric-vocal qualities. The Cello Sonata of 1969 shows a fine conception of equals in a clearly structured three-movement work that reveals echoes of Bartókian Nocturne and a spare call-and-response between the instruments. There’s a certain refined introspection to Dodgson’s writing and an […]
We are delighted to announce the imminent release (1st March) of the next Toccata Classics Stephen Dodgson recording: three quintets performed by the Tippett Quartet, Emma Abbate (piano) and Susan Monks (cello). Piano Quintet No. 1 in C (1966) String Quintet (1986) Piano Quintet No. 2 (1999) These three quintets continue the exploration of his chamber music on Toccata Classics. Dodgson’s musical language inherited something of Shostakovich’s irony, Janáček’s spiky energy and Britten’s polished clarity, occasionally reaching further into the past in passages of Purcellian dignity, all animated with a gentle harmonic warmth of Dodgson’s own. The result, in a […]
On Wednesday, an intimate audience were treated to a beautiful performance of Stephen Dodgson’s Five Occasional Pieces at Emma Abbate and Evva Mizerska’s launch concert of their Toccata Classics recording of Dodgson cello and piano works. The performance was further enhanced by the elegant architecture of the St Margaret Pattens Church, a little gem of a church tucked away in the heart of the City of London. Alongside the Dodgson, Emma and Evva also performed Janáček’s Pohadka and Algernon Ashton’s Arioso which they have also recently recorded. Toccata’s Martin Anderson explained to us that Ashton, sadly forgotten but being gradually revived, wrote music […]
On the 3rd and 4th November, Lucian Plessner and the Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau performed Stephen Dodgson’s Concerto No. 2 for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, a work very close to his heart. Here he tells us more about his experience and the back story of the concerto. “I don’t remember exactly which year the CBS Masterworks record featuring Stephen Dodgson’s 2nd guitar concerto was released with John Williams and the ECO under Sir Charles Groves. I asked Sony, but they couldn’t find out either. It must have been in the late 1970s or early ’80s. I do remember very clearly though […]
We are delighted to announce a new recording on the Naxos label – the first four sets of harpsichord Inventions by Stephen Dodgson. Professor Glen Wilson, who set up the project in collaboration with the Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust, gives us an insight into the music, the performer and the process of setting up the recording Masterpieces performed by a master harpsichordist “A major step towards a wider dissemination of Stephen’s important corpus of harpsichord music was taken this September (2016) when the first four sets of his Inventions, 24 pieces in all, were recorded in Würzburg, Germany, by a brilliant […]
2015-16 sees Toccata Classics produce five new recordings of Stephen Dodgson chamber works. Below, Stephen’s widow, the harpsichordist Jane Clark Dodgson, gives her perspective on the music and the talented artists performing it. “It is very exciting for me, as Stephen Dodgson’s widow, to report that Toccata Classics will be releasing a series of recordings of his chamber music – which at the moment looks like being five albums. Allow me to outline what you can look forward to. The first of this series, just released, is of his music for cello and piano, played by Evva Mizerska and Emma […]
We are excited to announce the release of the complete works for cello and piano by Stephen Dodgson performed by cellist Evva Mizerska and pianist Emma Abbate, for whom several of the works were written. The works present Stephen’s musical personality in a nutshell. The style is direct but rich in allusion, from Purcell to Janáček, with a lively, sometimes brittle, sense of humour adding a Shostakovichian irony, all fused together in an elegant, individual voice. And the remarkable clarity of the instrumental textures underlines a strong sense of narrative, with the cello almost as a human voice, unfolding its […]
The acclaimed Magnard Ensemble return to Stephen Dodgson’s work once again with his Quintet for Piano and Winds along with works by Roussel, Ravel, Mozart and Poulenc at the Linlithgow Academy Theatre. Programme Roussel, Albert: Divertissement Op 6 for piano and wind quintet Ravel, Maurice (arr. Farrington): Mother Goose Suite (‘Ma mère l’Oye’) for piano and wind quintet Dodgson, Stephen: Quintet for piano and winds Mozart, W.A. (arr. Rechtman): Serenade in C minor K388 Poulenc, Francis: Sextuor Tickets and more details are available at: http://www.linlithgowartsguild.co.uk/programme/62-magnard-ensemble
The talented Magnard Trio (subgroup of the Magnard Ensemble), consisting of oboist Mana Shibata, bassoonist Catriona McDermid and pianist Suling King, gives a performance of delightful music which includes Stephen Dodgson’s Suite in C minor alongside works by Elgar, Britten Poulenc and lesser-known composers worthy of exploration and discovery. Programme Peter Hope – Trio Stephen Dodgson – Suite for Oboe and Piano Edward Elgar – Romance for Bassoon Op.62 Nino Rota – Toccata for Bassoon and Piano Anonymous – Caprices for solo bassoon Clemence de Grandval – Trio de Salon Benjamin Britten – Pan, Phaeton, Niobe and Arethusa from Six[...]
The talented Magnard Trio (subgroup of the Magnard Ensemble), consisting of oboist Mana Shibata, bassoonist Catriona McDermid and pianist Suling King, gives a performance of delightful music which includes Stephen Dodgson’s Suite in C minor alongside works by Elgar, Britten Poulenc and lesser-known composers worthy of exploration and discovery. Programme Peter Hope – Trio Stephen Dodgson – Suite for Oboe and Piano Edward Elgar – Romance for Bassoon Op.62 Nino Rota – Toccata for Bassoon and Piano Anonymous – Caprices for solo bassoon Clemence de Grandval – Trio de Salon Benjamin Britten – Pan, Phaeton, Niobe and Arethusa from Six Metamorphoses[...]
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet unite for a performance of piano quintets, hosted by the Stratford-upon-Avon Music Society, 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 Haydn: String quartet op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Puccini: “Crisantemi” for String quartet Schumann: Piano quintet in E flat major Quintets CD reviews MusicWeb review British Music Society review Klassisk Musikk review Musical Opinion review You can also listen to/buy the recording at Toccata Classics.
The Putney Music society presents A Life of Lucky Chances, an evening in conversation with Stephen Dodgson’s widow, Jane Clark Dodgson. Jane is herself an accomplished harpsichordist and authority on the music of François Couperin and Scarlatti. Her lively personality has ensured friendships down the decades with a Who’s Who of composers, BBC music producers, fellow-performers, composers and other important figures in the music world. She talks to Peter Avis about this rich sphere of musicians, musical memories and influences, and will also play a number of Stephen Dodgson tracks and discuss his approach to composition and life. Putney Music meetings are £8 or year-long membership[...]
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet unite for a performance of piano quintets, hosted by the Canterbury Music Club, 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 Haydn: String quartet op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson: Piano quintet no. 1 in C Puccini: “Crisantemi” for String quartet Schumann: Piano quintet in E flat major Quintets CD reviews MusicWeb review British Music Society review Klassisk Musikk review Musical Opinion review You can also listen to/buy the recording at Toccata Classics.
Cellist Evva Mizerska and pianist Emma Abbate perform a lunchtime recital of Stephen Dodgson’s Two Romantic Pieces for Cello & Piano, Set A at St George’s Bristol alongside works by Schumann, Janáček and Debussy. The Two Romantic Pieces also feature on a disc of Stephen Dodgson’s complete cello and piano music which the duo recently recorded. Reviews British Music Society Fanfare Planet Hugill
Cellist Leo Popplewell performs a lunchtime recital featuring Stephen Dodgson’s Partita for Cello alongside works by Benjamin Britten and Elliot Carter as part of the 2019 Barnes Music Festival. St. Mary’s Church, Church Road SW13 9HL. Tickets: http://www.barnesmusicfestival.com/tickets. For the full festival programme, please visit http://www.barnesmusicfestival.com/programme-2019.
The Magnard Ensemble will perform Stephen Dodgson’s Suite for Wind Quintet along with works by Ibert, Bach, Barber and more in Alnwick as part of the Alnwick Music Society series. Programme Ibert – Trois pièces brèves Dodgson – Suite for Wind Quintet Bach arr. Shiner – Prelude & Fugue in C# minor BWV 849 Arnold – Three Shanties Barber – Summer Music Woolrich – Book of Studies Set 1 Amy Beach – Pastorale Patterson – Westerly Winds