Recordings 

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Chère Nuit

French Songs with Joseph Middleton.

After losing almost an entire season's work to the pandemic, Louise and Joseph found much joy in programming and recording a CD of French Songs in summer 2020.

 

The disc includes Ravel Shéhérazade, Messiaen Trois Mélodies, Poulenc Métamorphoses and songs by Viardot, Chaminade, Debussy, Canteloube, Bachelet, Satie and Yvain.

  • Release date: 2nd April 2021

  • Label: Chandos

Semele (Georg Friedrich Händel)

Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner,

Louise Alder, Hugo Hymas, Lucile Richardot, Carlo Vistoli, Gianluca Buratto.

In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel’s opera ‘Semele’, including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. 'The star turn was Louise Alder’s sizzling Semele' - Bachtrack

  • Release date: 26 June 2020 (Digital) / 2 October 2020 (CD Physical) / 26 February 2021 (DVD)

  • Label: SDG

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Brentano Lieder, Opus 68 (Richard Strauss)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Robin Ticciati

Soprano Louise Alder joins Ticciati and the DSO to record what she

describes as ‘a fiendish but beloved cycle of Strauss songs’:

Sechs Lieder, Op. 68, affectionately known as the Brentano Lieder.

'Alder performs the Sechs Lieder, Op 68 (1918) with a mastery of dramatic range. We can only count the days until she is back on stage, taking on the Strauss operatic roles so suited to her voice in all its sumptuous variety and agility.' - The Observer

  • Label: Linn Records

  • Release date: September 2020

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Lines written during a sleepless night:

THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION

with Joseph Middleton

It is my pleasure to be able to honour my family’s Russian connection

with this meandering sleigh ride through Russia, with songs in Russian,

French, German and Swedish by composers Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky,

Britten, Grieg, Sibelius and Medtner.

  • Release date: 3rd January 2020

  • Label: Chandos

ALBUM LAUNCH: Wigmore Hall, Monday 6th January 2020 where we will perform the programme as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert series. 

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Records of the Year 

Through Life and Love

Strauss Lieder 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

  • Release Date: 30th Jun 2017

  • Catalogue No: ORC100072

  • Label: Orchid Classics

  • Length: 64 minutes

Chants d'amour

Songs by Mozart, Bizet, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Liszt with James Baillieu

In January 2018, Louise and James presented a programme at the Wigmore Hall including Liszt Petrarch Sonnets, Strauss Opus 27 and Fauré Cinq Mélodies de Venise Opus 58. It was recorded for Wigmore Hall Live and will soon be released digitally.

'Recorded for later release on the Wigmore Live label, it’s a recital you’ll want to buy and keep on hand – a powerful antidote to winter gloom and shivers alike.' - The Arts Desk

 

 - yet to be released (Digital)

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​Requiem for my Mother (Rebecca Dale)

Louise Alder (soprano), Trystan Griffiths (tenor), Nazan Fikret (soprano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Kantos Chamber Choir, The Cantus Ensemble, Clark Rundell.

  • Release Date 31 August 2018

  • Product code 4834076

  • Format CD Album

  • Label: Decca

The Great War Symphony  (Patrick Hawes)

Louise Alder (soprano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor), National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (Artist), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Great War Symphony is a new work for choirs, soloists and orchestra in aid of SSAFA to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.  The symphony comprises four movements, each portraying the most significant events in each year of the war (1914-15, 1915-16 and so on) and mourns the dead, salutes their sacrifice and evokes a vision of England that inspired so much of the art and music of that time.

  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 2018)

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Classic FM

  • ASIN: B07DXQ67NM

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The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Seventy years after its Glyndebourne world premiere, Benjamin Britten’s first chamber opera is welcomed home with ‘a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty’ gifted with ‘piercingly intelligent, immaculately realized staging and superb singing, acting and playing’ led by ‘Fiona Shaw’s supremely nuanced direction’and underpinned by ‘febrile playing’ from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (The Telegraph ★★★★★).

Christine Rice, Allan Clayton, Kate Royal, Duncan Rock, Matthew Rose, Michael Sumuel,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers, 

Louise Alder, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leo Hussain, Fiona Shaw.

  • Picture: 16:9

  • Format: NTSC

  • Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0)

  • DTS Region: All regions

  • Subtitle: EN/DE/FR/JA/KO

  • Running time: 114 mins

  • Year: 2015

DVD recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

L'Orontea (Marc Antonio Cesti)

Oper Frankfurt

Paula Murrihy,  Sebastian Geyer,  Juanita Lascarro,  Louise Alder, Guy de Mey,  Matthias Rexroth,  Simon Bailey,  Xavier SabataFrankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester,  Ivor Bolton

  • ​3 CDs 

  • Label: Oehms, DDD, 2016 

Barock-Rarität aus der Oper Frankfurt in Spitzenbesetzung
Die Premiere von L’Orontea fand 1656 in Innsbruck am Hof von Erzherzog Ferdinand Karl statt, Enkel des Herzogs Ferdinand von Toskana, der seinerzeit die ersten Gehversuche der Kunstform Oper in Florenz protegiert hatte. Neben Francesco Cavallis Oper La Giasone ging L’Orontea als die erfolgreichste Oper des späten 17. Jahrhunderts in die Geschichte ein. 

Der Graf von Luxemburg (Franz Lehar)

Oper Frankfurt 

Daniel BehleCamilla NylundSimon Bode, Louise Alder, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Eun Sun Kim

 

  • 2 CDs ​

  • Label: Oehms, DDD/LA, 2016 

  • Bestellnummer: 7409682

  • Erscheinungstermin: 30.6.2017

Operette aus Frankfurt! Lehárs Graf von Luxemburg in Starbesetzung
Die 1909 von Robert Stolz dirigierte Uraufführung dieser Operette im Theater an der Wien war ein unglaublicher Erfolg und wurde danach 300 Mal im selben Theater en suite gespielt. Melodien wie Lieber Freund, man greift nicht nach den Sternen oder Bist Du’s, lachendes Glück können diesen Erfolg sicher erklären. 

Xerxes (George Frideric Handel)

Oper Frankfurt

 Xerxes was one of Handel’s last operas. It bears witness to the polished and virtuoso late style of the by then marked by illness composer. The unusual opening aria sung by Xerxes is not the only pointer to a new musical dramaturgy – the switching between recitatives and arias is rapid and the opera takes on a dizzying tempo. Handel’s late work is a vicious persiflage about the longings, doubts, quirks and (self)destructive megalomania of a ruler. Frankfurt’s new production, staged by Tillmann Köhler, presents an excellent cast headed by Gaëlle Arquez in the tite role.

Gaëlle Arquez, Lawrence Zazzo, Elizabeth Sutphen, Louise Alder, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Constantinos Carydis, Tillmann Köhler

  • No: A05050409
  • Production year: 2017

  • Run time: 03:00:00

  • Producers: UNITEL

  • Format: 4K

Recorded live at Oper Frankfurt

Das Schlaue Füchslein (Leoš Janáček)

Oper Frankfurt

Louise Alder, Jenny CarlstedtSimon Neal, Joanna Krasuska Motulewicz, Beau GibsonMagnús BaldvinssonSebastian GeyerNina TarandekMichael McCown, Britta StallmeisterNora Friedrichs, Chor und Kinderchor der Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Johannes Debus, Ute Engelhardt

 

  • Label: Oehms

  • Catalog No: OEH 982

  • Format: CD

  • Release Date: 2019-04-05

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • UPC Code: 4260034869820 

Recorded live at Oper Frankfurt