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Louise Alder (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano)

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Friday 30th October
Leeds Town Hall, 6pm start
This concert will begin with a 15-minute recital by young artist Benson Wilson

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Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton ‘two of classical song’s brightest artists’ (The Guardian) return to Leeds Lieder following the release of their second and much lauded recital CD. Their programme includes Grieg’s Six Songs opus 48 and Rachmaninov’s Six Songs opus 38, repertoire which prompted the Guardian to write of a recent performance: “Alder is in glorious voice, her soprano fresh and untethered…her high notes gleam, and her words are direct and communicative…Middleton’s playing fills in everything those words can’t say, perfectly calibrated to support Alder but huge in its expressive scope.” The recital will end with Alder giving her first performance of Strauss’s transcendental Four Last Songs. Before Alder performs, ENO Harewood Artist Benson Wilson gives a recital of English and Samoan song. His appearance is supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Young Artist: Benson Wilson baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Herbert Howells 1892-1983
King David

Gerald Finzi 1901-56
Who is Sylvia?
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun
It was a lover and his lass

Samoan folk song trad.

Louise Alder soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

Edvard Grieg 1843-1907
Sechs Lieder op 48
Dereinst, Gedanke mein
Lauf der Welt
Die verschwiegene Nachtigall
Zur Rosenzeit
Ein Traum

Sergei Rachmaninov 1873-1943
6 Songs op 38
Noch’yu v sadu menya (In my garden at night)
K ney (To her)
Margaritki (Daisies)
Krisolov (Pied Piper)
Son (A dream)
A-u! (Your tender laughter)

Richard Strauss 1864-1949
Vier letzte Lieder
Beim Schlafengehen
Im Abendrot