Stephen Dodgson: Chamber Music, Volume Three: Music for Oboe

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)

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Catalogue No: TOCC0444
EAN/UPC: 5060113444448
Release Date: 01.11.2017
Composer: Stephen Dodgson
Artists: Eleanor Turner, James Turnbull, Libby Burgess, Robyn Allegra Parton

Listen To This Recording:

    Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1987)

  1. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: I Intrada
  2. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: II Recitativo e Valse
  3. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: III Capriccioso
  4. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: IV Grave
  5. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: V Moto perpetuo
  6. Sonata for Oboe and Piano: VI Aria e Chacona
  7. Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp (1990)

  8. Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp: I Salute for a Royal Birthday (Counting candles)
  9. Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp: II Nocturne (Counting sheep)
  10. Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp: III Burlesque (Counting money)
  11. Countdown: Suite for Oboe and Harp: IV Envoi (Counting your blessings)
  12. Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano (1967)

  13. Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano: I Andante con moto
  14. Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano: II Vivace
  15. Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano: III Poco adagio
  16. Sonata for Cor Anglais and Piano: IV Allegro non tanto
  17. Three Winter Songs for Soprano with Oboe and Piano (1972)

  18. Three Winter Songs for Sporano with Oboe and Piano: No. 1 Birds in Winter
  19. Three Winter Songs for Sporano with Oboe and Piano: No. 2 Winter the Huntsman
  20. Three Winter Songs for Sporano with Oboe and Piano: No. 3 February
  21. Suite in C minor for oboe and piano (1957)

  22. Suite in C minor for Oboe and Piano: I Prelude
  23. Suite in C minor for Oboe and Piano: II Arabesque
  24. Suite in C minor for Oboe and Piano: III Scherzino
  25. Suite in C minor for Oboe and Piano: IV Romance
  26. Suite in C minor for Oboe and Piano: V Finale

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1 review for Stephen Dodgson: Chamber Music, Volume Three: Music for Oboe

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    “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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