The Second Trio immediately grabs your attention with its innovative textures, the whole work worthy of a place among the finest English chamber music scores... Sarah-Jane Bradley’s viola in Caprice after Puck makes for a gorgeous track... Superb sound quality.
Dodgson's chamber music is often astringent but always interesting. He echoed the baroque in his use of ornamentation, variation and intricate displays of virtuosity... expressively played here by Harriet Mackenzie... its exuberance brilliantly handled by Graham Walker. Sarah-Jane Bradley also impresses... – a virtuosic recital.
We’re delighted to announce the release of a new recording of Stephen Dodgson String Trios nos. 1 and 2 alongside his Violin Sonatina, Caprice after Puck and Cello Partita performed by the eminent UK ensemble Karolos.
In both sonatas, Dodgson’s lyrical genius is fully audible and his knack for vividly scored fast writing is much in evidence in the various scherzinos and toccatas with which each abound... The suite for oboe and harp Countdown is a beautifully euphonious work...
James Turnbull has a wonderfully full tone and lively sense of rhythm. He audibly relishes Dodgson’s music and is sensitive to its often challenging demands. Excellent sound throughout.
In April 2018, London-based Barts Chamber Choir premiered Lines from Hal Summers under the direction of Julian Perkins. The Stephen Dodgson Charitable Trust’s Leonora Dawson-Bowling caught up with soprano Evelina Hepp and asked her more about her experience of singing in the choir and of learning and performing Stephen Dodgson’s pieces.
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.
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[...]
James Turnbull and Eleanor Turner perform Stephen Dodgson’s Countdown as part of a chamber music concert entitled ‘Memento’ – a morning ‘coffee’ concert that forms part of the New Paths Festival. The pair recorded the piece in 2017 as part of their Dodgson ‘Music for Oboe’ recording, to great acclaim. Recording reviews: British Music Society> Klassisk Musikk> MusicWeb International> UK Harp Magazine> Double Reed News> British Music Society> They write of the concert: Vaughan Williams’ quintet for strings was written shortly after his famous Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, and similarly takes medieval music as its starting point, creating a timeless spaciousness.[...]
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[...]