By Antonia Gentile, Eden Stell Guitar Duo, Evva Mizerska, Hartmut Richter, Mela Guitar Quartet, Michael Butten, and Octavia Lamb. By Stephen Dodgson. Classical. CD. Naxos #8573762. Published by Naxos (NX.8573762).
Stephen Dodgson's work embraced a wide variety of genres but, encouraged by Julian Bream in the 1950s, he became one of the most prolific and respected 20th century composers for guitar. Including a premiere recording of the ingenious Change-Ringers, the chamber works on this recording make use of a fascinating palette of tonal colors, taking us on an unconventional and often witty journey of rhythmic excitement, serenity, dissonance and beauty.