Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Stephen Dodgson has written works in almost every form. An acute ear and sharp sense for instrumental sonorities have drawn him particularly to chamber music. His nine acknowledged string quartets (four more were withdrawn) are among the most important written by a modern English composer and range from works of an almost Bartókian intensity to pieces in which his light touch and sometimes mischievous wit shine through. His most recent quartet, the Ninth, is a fine example of how serious things can be said in a light-hearted manner.
Dodgson: String Quartets Vol.3 [Import] [Audio CD] The Tippett Quartet; None