STEPHEN DODGSON (1924-2013): Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart.
Catalogue Number: 02W014
Description: Among Dodgson’s portfolio of more than 250 works are chamber operas, of which Margaret Catchpole (1979) 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 characterization and idiomatic instrumental writing. 3 CDs. Libretto available online.Kate Howden (mezzo), William Wallace (tenor), Nicholas Morris (bass), Alistair Ollerenshaw (baritone), Perpetuo; Julian Perkins.