This third album in the Toccata Classics survey of the chamber music of London-born Stephen Dodgson (1924–2013) focuses on his works for oboe. It shows a master- craftsman at work: Dodgson fuses a Baroque sense of clarity, a modern English elegance that has echoes of Britten and Tippett and a hint of eastern European mystery. His writing for oboe has a strong sense of narrative, touching a range of moods, from deep emotion to tongue-in-cheek fun.
James Turnbull, oboe Libby Burgess, piano (Tracks 1-6, 11-22) EleanorTurner,harp (Tracks 7-10) Robyn Allegra Parton, soprano (Tracks 15-17)
Catalogue No: TOCC0444EAN/UPC: 5060113444448Release Date: 01.11.2017Composer: Stephen Dodgson Artists: Eleanor Turner, James Turnbull, Libby Burgess, Robyn Allegra Parton
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Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp (1990) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0444/Track07.mp3
Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano (1967) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0444/Track11.mp3
Three Winter Songs for Soprano with Oboe and Piano (1972) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0444/Track15.mp3
Suite in C minor for oboe and piano (1957) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0444/Track18.mp3
Double Reed News :
“The oboist, James Turnbull, has been described by ‘The Independent’ as ‘a worthy champion of contemporary oboe music’. His new CD, recorded in April 2017 for Toccata Classics, offers oboists the chance to explore and perform five of Stephen Dodgson’s works, which he wrote over a period of 33 years.… James Turnbull and Libby Burgess form an inspired duo…
Throughout his life Stephen Dodgson was a prolific composer. He also taught composition for many years at the Royal College of Music. Early on in his career he began to receive commissions for chamber and instrumental music; a case in point is his ‘Sonata’ for cor anglais and piano, which was commissioned by Catherine Smith of Sheba Sound fame. James’ warm and mellow tone is perfectly suited to the lyrical nature of this piece.
‘Countdown’ is a winning and amusing composition … This is followed by ‘Counting Sheep’, ‘Counting Money’, and finishes with ‘Counting your Blessings’. There is a lovely blend of tonal colour between the oboe and harp. … This CD will certainly inspire oboists of today to play these pieces, thereby expanding their repertoire. … 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.” —Tess Miller
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