Stephen Dodgson - Chamber Music Vol.2: Three Quintets | Toccata Classics TOCC0357

Stephen Dodgson - Chamber Music Vol.2: Three Quintets

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0357

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th March 2017



Tippett Quartet
Emma Abbate (piano)
Susan Monks (cello)


Dodgson, Stephen

Piano Quintet no.1 in C major
Piano Quintet no.2
String Quintet


Tippett Quartet
Emma Abbate (piano)
Susan Monks (cello)


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 these characteristics are animated with a gentle harmonic warmth of Dodgson’s own. The result, in a typically English paradox, manages to be both elusive and direct. All three quintets are receiving their first recordings here.

The Tippett Quartet has performed at the BBC Proms, Cheltenham Festival, Snape Proms and numerous festivals throughout the UK and abroad, including tours of Europe, Canada and Mexico. The quartet regularly appears at Kings Place, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall and frequently performs on BBC Radio 3. Alongside a busy touring schedule, the Tippett Quartet pursues a keen interest in educational work: in September 2015 they began an exciting new residency at Royal Holloway University, London. This is the Quartet’s first recording for Toccata Classics.

Emma Abbate has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Ischia, Koscierzyna, Lisbon, Naples, Salzburg and Sorrento, and at many prestigious British venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and St John’s, Smith Square, in London, St George’s, Bristol, and the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Susan Monks is Principal Cello of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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