STEPHEN DODGSON (1924-2013): Chamber Music, Vol. 5: Music for Winds II - Quintet for Piano and Winds, Serenade for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Baermann’s Treasure for Clarinet and Piano, Baermann - The Sequel, Suite for Wind Quintet, Duo for Horn and Harp, Promenade II for Wind Quintet.
Catalogue Number: 03V052
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0499
Description: More of Dodgson's gentlemanly musical discourse; his character was one of finely turned English wit, humour, and profound thoughts expressed in clear, precise prose, not thundered from the pulpit. The quintet with piano is an ambitious piece, combining the composer’s characteristic elegance with a thoroughly argued musical narrative and a sense of well-being and bonhomie. The engaging little Serenade is full of very Nielsenesque turns of phrase, while Baermann's Treasure is a delicious piece of neo-Weber, a set of variations on a theme given by Weber to clarinettist Heinrich Baermann (1784–1847). Ten years later Dodgson provided a 'sequel' which treats the theme much more freely, in a more modern (still thoroughly tonal, of course) vocabulary. The 1965 Suite is a most attractive tribute to the Baroque, skillfully blending traditional forms and harmonies with Dodgson's own brand of contemporary tonality. The Duo is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, exploring the full potential of Dodgson's first instrument, the horn; the 2004 work sounds like an affectionate celebration of a long career spent crafting beautifully expressive little essays like this one. Magnard Ensemble, Olivia Jaguers (harp).