Fletcher’s expertly crafted distillation of Cobbold’s novel is set by Dodgson to music that’s as telling as it is unobtrusive ... Dodgson’s compositions went wider and deeper than any of us imagined ... Like Britten, he had the gift of needing very few instrument – Margaret Catchpole is scored for just 11 players – to paint pictures and distil moods.
There is a wonderful limpidity to Dodgson’s vocal lines, the words … always clearly audible and never obscured by the accompanying ensemble... The fanciful ending... is wonderfully poetic in Dodgson’s sunlit setting.
An interview with conductor Julian Perkins about his friendship with Stephen Dodgson, the imaginative depictions of contrasting characters and landscapes in Margaret Catchpole, the composers whose influences can be felt in its soundworld, and plans for more recordings of Dodgson's music...
Stephen Dodgson left a notable body of work that is edging towards the recognition it deserves. Dodgson’s use of timbre, particularly woodwind (such as the gorgeous clarinet solos in Acts III and IV), recalls Britten's Sea Interludes, and his landscapes (the mists over the River Orwell; sunny Sydney) have an evocative, representational quality. William Wallace beguiles as bad boy Will Laud and Alistair Ollerenshaw is strong as the reliable, eventual ‘public benefactor’ John Barry
James Gilchrist talks to Radio 3's Sean Rafferty on In Tune about performing and recording Stephen Dodgson's solo songs, choosing between a medical and musical career, and music in the context of the pandemic.
In a concert devoted to the songs of Stephen Dodgson “Bow-wow” was the last word. Bow they did, and rightly so, and “wow!” is my response. Stephen Dodgson’s music was completely new to me, and I want to know more about this unique and evocative music.
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
Pianist Emma Abbate and the Tippett Quartet pair Stephen Dodgson’s Piano Quintet No. 1 with Schumann’s piano quintet in an evening concert for the Whitstable Music Society. Programme Mendelssohn: String quartet in E flat op. 12 Dodgson: Quintet no. 1 in C Schumann: Quintet in E flat op. 44