Dodgson: Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart
Label: Naxos Opera
Format: COMPACT DISC
Brook, Matthew; Hanley, Jonathan; Moore, Diana; Parton, Robyn Allegra; Perkins, Julian; Edgar-Wilson, Richard; Sporsén, Julia; Howden, Kate; Perpetuo; Morris, Nicholas; Willcock, Peter; Dawson-Bowling, Leonora; Stainsby, Jon; Bundy, Michael; Ollerenshaw, Alistair; Saberton, Mark; Wallace, William
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 characterization and idiomatic instrumental writing.