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 […]
We’re thrilled to discover that Craig Ogden will be playing two movements from Stephen’s Partita No.1 on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune this Monday (3rd October) as part of Radio 3’s residency at the South Bank. Hear it in person at the Royal Festival Hall foyer or tune your ‘sets’ in at 4.30pm! Craig also performed two of Stephen’s partitas at the last Barnes Music Festival and will be performing Stephen’s ‘Watersmeet’ for solo guitar and guitar ensemble at the same festival on 24th March next year. No related posts.
St Helens Sinfonietta perform Stephen Dodgson’s Idyll for strings at an evening which also explores works by Villa-Lobos, Britten, Pärt, Purcell and Bill Connor. Soprano – Lynn Rogers Conductor – Jay Hall St Helens Sinfonietta
As part of their three-day residency at the Purcell School, pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet perform a lunchtime concert solely devoted to Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1, which the group recorded together in 2017. Dodgson (1924–2013): Piano quintet in C Largo e sostenuto – Allegro con brio Andantino Allegro assai Maestoso The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 2TS Concert open to the public. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On what would have been Stephen Dodgson’s 96th 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
Guitarist Michael Butten performs Stephen Dodgson’s Fantasy Divisions in the latter’s much beloved Barnes as part of the Barnes Music Festival. This intimate lunchtime concert also includes works by Dowland, Bach, Legnani and Albeniz.
In their Franco-British programme entitled ‘Four hands on one piano’, pianists Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins jointly perform Stephen Dodgson’s Tournament for twenty fingers alongside works by Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Lambert and Grainger at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Programme Petite Suite, L 65 – Debussy En bateau – Cortège – Menuet – Ballet Ma mère l’Oye – Ravel – Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant – Petit Poucet – Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes – Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête – Le jardin féerique La belle excentrique – Satie – Grande ritournelle – Marche franco-lunaire – Valse du mysterieux baiser dans l’œil – Cancan Grand-Mondain Trois Pièces nègres pour les touches[...]
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[...]
Karolos open the Church Stretton Arts Festival with a performance of Stephen Dodgson’s Septet Variations alongside Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Karolos brings together internationally-acclaimed soloists in a unique chamber music group. The ensemble is committed to seeking out new repertoire, as well as performing works from the canon. The group has embarked upon a series of performances and recordings of Stephen Dodgson’s chamber music which have received rave reviews including 5 stars and Editor’s Choice in Classical Source. Programme Dodgson – Septet Variations Ravel – Introduction & Allegro Mozart – Clarinet Quintet Performers Harriet McKenzie (violin) Eulalie Charland (violin) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Graham Walker[...]
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet reunite to perform a concert of quartets and quintets including Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 2 for the Holmes Chapel Music Society. This is a special occasion as this work was originally commissioned by the society. The Tippett Quartet and Abbate went on to record it together in 2017 and now they are bringing it back to its birthplace. Programme Haydn String quartet in B minor op. 33 no. 1 Dodgson Piano Quintet No. 2 (HCMS commission) Puccini Crisantemi Schumann Piano quintet