Ian Hobson

Biography

Born: August 7, 1952; Wolverhampton, England  
Scholarly, personable, fastidious, and perceptive in matters of style, Ian Hobson achieved his reputation as a pianist able to do justice to music of many periods. His thoughtful pursuit of interesting repertory has transferred itself to his work as conductor. With his own Sinfonia da Camera, as well as with other leading chamber orchestras, Hobson has offered stimulating concerts, some of which have been preparatory to recordings for the company Read more he founded specifically to document both standard repertory and other works of unusual interest. As a long-standing music professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he has made that school a center for exciting performance both during the regular academic year and as director of the Summer Music Festival.

After schooling at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, Hobson undertook further studies in the United States at Yale University. Among his distinguished teachers were Sidney Harrison, Claude Franck, and Menahem Pressler. Silver medals in the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions preceded a first prize in the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition. With that award, Hobson found himself fully launched on an international solo career. In addition to performing recitals, Hobson appeared with many of the world's major orchestras, including several in London, the Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish National), the Halle, the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle, the ORD-Vienna, the New Zealand Symphony, and many of America's principal symphonic ensembles. His concerto repertory, aside from more customary fare, includes the concertos of Mendelssohn's mentor, Ignaz Moscheles, and Ignace Paderewski (works now recorded by the pianist), Clara Schumann, and Henry Holden Huss. For recitals, Hobson has included in his eclectic programming works such as Brahms' Variations for Piano, the Chopin-Godowsky etudes, Rachmaninov's Preludes and 17 Etudes-Tableaux, in addition to works written for him by contemporary composers, including Gardner, Lees, Liptak, and Ridout. Demand has grown for appearances that present Hobson as both conductor and soloist with such orchestras as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and his own Sinfonia da Camera. Hobson also is heard with some frequency as a partner in duo piano and piano four-hands recitals with his wife, Claude Edrei Hobson. In addition to Hobson's many other activities, he has conducted opera. Espousing repertory from Pergolesi to Richard Strauss, he performed and recorded John Philip Sousa's El capitan in the world premiere of a new concert edition. The production, featuring the Sinfonia da Camera and a cast of young singers, was released on the Zephyr label in early 1998. Since he founded the ensemble in 1984, Hobson has attracted world-class artists to perform with the Sinfonia da Camera. Violinists Pamela Frank, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Elmar Oliveira, and Pinchas Zukerman; pianists Michel Block, Charles Rosen, and Menahem Pressler; clarinetists David Shifrin and Richard Stoltzman; guitarist Christopher Parkening; and singers Marilyn Horne and Nathan Gunn are but a few who have appeared during the Sinfonia's annual concert series. Aside from an astonishingly active performance and teaching schedule, Hobson has served on competition juries. At the express wish of Van Cliburn, Hobson served as a juror for both the preliminary and final rounds of the 10th Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. The following year, Hobson returned to Poland for the Artur Rubinstein Competition, this time multi-tasking as juror, recitalist, and orchestra conductor for the schedule's final round. Read less

Biography

Born: August 7, 1952; Wolverhampton, England  
Scholarly, personable, fastidious, and perceptive in matters of style, Ian Hobson achieved his reputation as a pianist able to do justice to music of many periods. His thoughtful pursuit of interesting repertory has transferred itself to his work as conductor. With his own Sinfonia da Camera, as well as with other leading chamber orchestras, Hobson has offered stimulating concerts, some of which have been preparatory to recordings for the company Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
I. Tempo di valse
II. Pisen (Song): Moderato
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro a la polka
I. -
II. -
III. -
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto in moto perpetuo
I. Molto moderato, un poco maestoso
II. Allegretto molto moderato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto moderato
I. Moderato
II. Presto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Andante con moto - Allegro
II. Andante quieto e semplice
III. Allegretto
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Very slowly; moderato; fast
II. Slowly
III. Quite fast; slowly - plaintively; fast
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro
Variation 1: Precedente
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
I. Slowly; briskly - brightly
II. Slowly - tenderly
III. Finale: Vivace
I. Slowly; brightly
II. Quite slowly; moderately fast
III. Quite fast - in a gay manner
I. Perpetual Emotion: Quite fast, in a gay manner
II. Spiritual?: Slowly
III. Scherzofrenia: Briskly, in a gay manner
IV. Conclusion!: Quite fast
Act I: Prologue: Prelude
Act I: Prologue: Roi Laios, en ta maison (Theban Women, The High Priest)
Act I: Prologue: Thebes, chante, des sept portes (Theban Warriors)
Act I: Prologue: Les flambeaux sacres (The High Priest, Shepherds)
Act I: Prologue: Repandez l'eau de Dirce (The High Priest, Shepherds)
Act I: Prologue: Enfant divin, royal enfant (Theban Women, A Theban Woman, Theban Warriors, Creon, Shepherds)
Act I: Prologue: J'apporte de Delos la flame d'Apollon! (Theban Virgins, The High Priest)
Act I: Prologue: Pere, porte ton enfant autour des aieux (The High Priest, All)
Act I: Prologue: Enfant, mon enfant, comment t'appeler (Jocaste, Laios, Tiresias)
Act I: Prologue: Helas! Helas! (Tiresias, The High Priest)
Act I: Prologue: Helas! Helas! terre lamentable (All)
Act I: Prologue: Dans les gorges du Kitheron ... (Laios)
Act II Scene 1: Prelude
Act II Scene 1: Adonis couche sur la pourpre et l'or (Invisible Chorus, in the Wings, Oedipe, Tiresias, Jocaste, Laios)
Act II Scene 1: Oedipe, o fils de Polybos (Phorbas, Oedipe)
Act II Scene 1: Ah! goutez sans moi aux plaisirs permis! (Oedipe)
Act II Scene 1: Adonis couche sur la pourpre et l'or, aupres d'Aphrodite (Invisible Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Pourquoi trembler, mon fils? (Merope, Oedipe)
Act II Scene 1: Je partirai! Je partirai! (Oedipe)
Act II Scene 1: Interlude
Act II Scene 2: La flute de Berger
Act II Scene 2: Est-ce deja le Roi? (The Shepherd)
Act II Scene 2: Ou suis-je? ... Le corbeeau crie ... (Oedipe)
Act II Scene 2: Arriere, exclave! Arriere! (Laios, Oedipe, The Shepherd)
Act II Scene 3: Interlude
Act II Scene 3: De l'aurore a l'aurore (Watchman, Oedipus, Sphinx)
Act II Scene 3: Il est un breuvage aux doubles saveurs (Voice of Oedipus, The Watchman)
Act II Scene 3: Arrete, passant! (The Watchman, Oedipus)
Act II Scene 3: Reveille-toi! C'est le fils de Polybos (Oedipe, The Watchman, The Sphinx)
Act II Scene 3: Je suis la Fille du Destin, ta pale Destinee (The Sphinx)
Act II Scene 3: L'homme! l'homme! (Oedipe, The Sphinx)
Act II Scene 3: Ho! Ho! Reveillez-vous, Thebains! (The Watchman, Oedipe)
Act II Scene 3: Ho! Ho! Ho! (Thebans, The Watchman)
Act II Scene 3: Montons sur les remparts! (Small Chorus, Main Chorus, Theban, The Watchman, Grand Chorus)
Act II Scene 3: Evohe! Evohe! Chantez pour Oedipe! (Theban Virgins, Chorus)
Act II Scene 3: Gloire au Roi des Thebains! (Theban Virgins, Children, Chorus)
Act II Scene 3: C'est Jocaste aux bras blancs! (Chorus, Children, Theban Virgins)
I. Allegro deciso
II. Andante
III. Deciso
I. Prelude: Allegro energico e pesante
II. Dirge: Andante moderato
III. Pastorale and Rustic Dances
IV. Fugue
I. Slowly - fast - slowly
II. Quite fast
III. Slowly, tenderly
IV. Briskly
I. Slowly - fast - slowly
II. In memoriam
III. Quite fast
I. Slowly - Fast - Slowly
II. Slowly, with much feeling
III. Fast ... with energy and drive
I. Slowly, solemnly
II. Slowly - Tempo di valse
III. Quickly
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro vivace
Introduction: Adagio
Theme: Allegretto
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3: Con fuoco
Variation 4: Di bravura
Variation 5: Con brio
Variation 6: Adagio
Allegro
Introduction and Theme: Adagio, allegretto
Variation 1
Variation 2: Piu moderato
Variation 3: Con brio
Variation 4: Andante
Variation 5: Vivace
Variation 6: Larghetto
Finale: Alla Fuga
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante espressivo
III. Allegro agitato
IV. Vivace
I. Production Line
II. Prayer and Hymn for a Solemn Occasion
III. Bobby Socks
IV. Celebration (4th of July)
I. Juke Box Jive
II. Deep Blues
III. Waltz (of sorts)
IV. Low Down Hoe-Down
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Poem
Dance
I. Lento
II. Scherzando
III. Adagio, molto espressivo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegretto, tempo di marcia
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto: Tempo di polacca


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