Edward Loder (1809–65), scion of an important family of early-Victorian musicians, had an uneven and ultimately tragic career: he enjoyed brief success as an operatic composer and for a while he could rely on frequent commissions and publication for his songs and piano music. But not only was he briefly imprisoned for debt; he ended his days a pauper, paralysed and forgotten. Yet the best of his piano music – recorded here for the first time – shows a composer alert to developments in the music of Beethoven and Schubert and with a lively sense of invention of his own.
Ian Hobson, piano
Minuetto & Trio, Andante Sentimentale and Allegretto Scherzando, Op. 19:
Introduction and Rondo Brilliant, Op. 17:
Three Tarentellas, Studies for the Piano Forte:
Introduction and Variations on Costa’s admired Aria ‘Fra le tempeste’ in the opera of Don Carlos:
Catalogue No: TOCC0322EAN/UPC: 5060113443229Release Date: 06.11.2015Composer: Edward Loder Artists: Ian Hobson
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Gerald Fenech :
“This CD encases the cream of his piano music, and all the pieces recorded testify to a composer with a gift for melody and musical characterization of the highest order. Technical challenges abound, and even the lighter pieces contain moments of a certain dramatic impact. There is also much to admire in his handling of harmonic modulations and alertness to the developments in the music of Beethoven and Schubert. Ian Hobson is a brilliant advocate of this sadly neglected repertoire, and his quite passionate interpretations betray not only his amazing virtuosity, but more so, his caring affinity with the composer himself. Truly exhilarating stuff, in superb sound, and with scholarly annotations.” —Music and Vision, January 2016
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