These three quintets by the London-born Stephen Dodgson (1924–2013) 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 typically English paradox, manages to be both elusive and direct.
Emma Abbate, piano (Tracks 1-4, 8-10)
Susan Monks, cello (Tracks 5-7)
String Quintet (1986)
Piano Quintet No. 2 (1999)
Catalogue No: TOCC0357EAN/UPC: 5060113443571Release Date: 01.03.2017Composer: Stephen Dodgson Artists: Emma Abbate,
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Bob Stevenson :
“Whilst being recognisably English his music is difficult to describe as being like that of other composers (with the possible exception of Janacek, whom Dodgson admired) because its voice, like that of Britten, is relatively original. … There is no competition but, fortunately, all the performances are absolutely splendid and quite beautifully recorded and balanced, with a pleasingly wide sound stage. The piano sound in particular is exemplary. Booklet notes are by John Warrack and are models of their kind. Toccata can be proud of this generously-filled offering which is a very worthwhile and welcome addition to the discography of an unjustly neglected composer.” –Music Web International, June 2017
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