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Dodgson - Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 866045961

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Contents

Artists

Kate Howden (soprano)
William Wallace (tenor)
Nicholas Morris (bass)
Alistair Ollerenshaw (baritone)
Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor)
Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Willcock (bass)
Matthew Brook (bass)
Julia Sporsen (soprano)
Perpetuo

Conductor

Julian Perkins

Works

Dodgson, Stephen

Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart (chamber opera)

Artists

Kate Howden (soprano)
William Wallace (tenor)
Nicholas Morris (bass)
Alistair Ollerenshaw (baritone)
Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor)
Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Willcock (bass)
Matthew Brook (bass)
Julia Sporsen (soprano)
Perpetuo

Conductor

Julian Perkins

About

Among Stephen Dodgson’s portfolio of more than 250 works are chamber operas, of which Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart is a most striking example. It is based on the true story of a woman who was convicted of the then capital crime of horse stealing and transported to Australia, and Dodgson conveys the romance and drama of the story with characteristic lyricism and rhythmic energy. Words are paramount for Dodgson, and his setting is vivid, immediate and tonal, with some swaggering rustic moments amidst the precise characterisation and idiomatic instrumental writing.

This is the latest in a series of Dodgson discs on Naxos and the appeal will be strong to admirers of 20th-century British music. His music for harp and guitar is on 8573857, and American Record Guide wrote: ‘Performances are uniformly fine, and these works are all true chamber music… The works give pleasure to lovers of well-written chamber works.’

Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings, regularly taking music to venues including museums, cafés, found spaces and other unexpected locations. In recent years, Perpetuo has commissioned composers such as David Fennessy, Donald Grant, Alasdair Nicolson, Aidan O’Rourke and Ailie Robertson as well as working with composers such as Thomas Hewitt Jones, Cecilia McDowall and Roxanna Panufnik on their music.

Cast:
- Margaret Catchpole: Kate Howden (soprano)
- Will Laud: William Wallace (tenor)
- John Luff: Nicholas Morris (bass)
- John Barry: Alistair Ollerenshaw (baritone)
- Crusoe: Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor)
- Mrs Cobbold: Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano)
- Dr Stebbing: Peter Willcock (bass)
- Judge: Matthew Brook (bass)
- Mrs Palmer: Julia Sporsén (soprano)

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