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Loder: Piano Music / Hobson


Release Date: 04/07/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 0321  
Composer:  Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kate Loder was a child-prodigy pianist from a family of musicians in Bath, in southwest, England. Loder was one of the first students at the Royal Academy of Music in London and one of Britain's brightest young virtuosi. Unfortunately, Victorian prejudice thwarted a promising career - her well-to-do husband would not allow her to perform in public. Instead, as Lady Thomson, she became an important teacher and society hostess - and she continued to composer, including these two sets of virtuoso studies that sit downstream from Chopin and Schubert. Ian Hobson, pianist and conductor, began his international career in 1981 when he won the Leeds International Piano Competition. This marks the twelfth album that Hobson has recorded for Toccata Read more Classics. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Studies (12) for Piano, Book 1 by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Circa 1852; England 
2.
Studies (12) for Piano, Book 2 by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Circa 1853; England 
3.
Romances (3) for Piano: No. 2 in A-Flat Major by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; England 
4.
Pensée fugitive in A-Flat Major by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; England 
5.
Voyage joyeux in A Major by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; England 
6.
Mazurka for Piano in A Minor by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; England 
7.
Mazurka for Piano in B Minor by Kate Loder
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; England 

Customer Reviews

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 A Victorian Composer Rediscovered August 24, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In the 1840s The Musical World called Kate Loder (1825-1904) one of the finest pianists of the day "without reference to her age or sex or country." Loder was young, female, and British at a time when audiences preferred their musicians older, male, and foreign (preferably German). Loder came from a musical family and exhibited an early talent at the piano. Her musical life is too rich to detail in a review. Among other things, she performed Mendelssohn's G minor Piano Concerto in the presence of the composer. She was close friends with Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann. Like Clara, she enjoyed a successful career as a concert pianist and composer. Then she married. In the Victorian Age, the wife of a prominent surgeon did not perform in public. Kate Loder Thompson's concert career was over. She did, however, perform, teach, and compose privately throughout the rest of her life. So what was her music like? This release features her two published collections of studies, plus a few short piano works. The Twelve Studies Books 1 and 2 document her impressive technical ability, and also her musicality. Though some are quite didactic, Loder, like Clementi, manages to make them more than just finger exercises. The Study No. 9, Book 2, for example, has a hint of Mendelssohn about it. On the other hand, the Study No. 5, Book 2 seems to be inspired by Chopin. That influence sounds even stronger in her later piano works, such as the Voyage Joyeux in A major (1868). Ian Hodson performs with a calm assurance and tasteful musicality. He's able to bring out the musical contours in the studies, giving them form instead of letting them just be a jumble of notes. If you're interested in women composers, this release is a must-have. But that shouldn't be the only reason to explore Kate Lober's music. It doesn't sound especially youthful, nor feminine, nor especially British. It simply sounds like what it is: well-constructed music of the middle Romantic period. And that should be reason enough." Report Abuse
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