Lines written during a sleepless night:

THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION

with Joseph Middleton

Chandos

2020

Through Life and Love

Strauss Lieder 

with Joseph Middleton

Orchid Classics

2017

Her success is not surprising: a high flier since her student days at the Royal College of Music, she has a beautifully clean, even and shining lyric soprano that projects with crystalline clarity, as well as a warm and attractive stage presence.

More than that, she engages emotionally with what she sings, shaping vocal lines with rare sensitivity and a wide range of colours.  This is her second recorded song recital, and it stands as an outstanding achievement that delivers as much as it promises.

THE TELEGRAPH, Rupert Christiansen

Alder is in glorious voice, her soprano fresh and untethered; the assurance of youth and the doubt born of experience come across equally convincingly. Her high notes gleam, and her words are direct and communicative, whether in Russian, Swedish, German or French.

THE GUARDIAN - Erica Jeal

Through Life and Love, Strauss Lieder debut CD with Joseph Middleton

 
Of all the new recordings I've heard this year, I'm not sure any has given such unalloyed pleasure as Louise Alder's debut recital: an irresistible Strauss programme sung with a beguiling twinkle in the eye, keen intelligence and a voice of sparkling beauty. GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE, Hugo Shirley, December 2017
A popular choice for the audience prize at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and a superb Sophie in WNO’s recent Der RosenkavalierLouise Alder has captured hearts in Wales and beyond. This disc of Richard Strauss songs comes at just the right moment in her ascent towards stardom. It’s grouped under headings such as youth, longing, loss, release. Some of the nearly two dozen choices are familiar, such as Zueignung, which she sings with unusual and touching introversion and contemplation. All are sung with vivid narrative skill, rich in colour and detail, and with a stunning purity of tone on long notes (as in the “Ruhe” of Ruhe, meine Seele!). 
THE GUARDIAN, Fiona Maddocks, July 2017