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Louise Alder And Dunedin Consort Perform Handel (Edinburgh International Festival)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016

Louise Alder Ed2016

Soprano Louise Alder was a last minute substitution, because Danielle De Niese was indisposed, but she certainly got out there and scored goals! The sprightly, impish accompaniment provided by the Scottish Baroque ensemble, Dunedin Consort, conducted from the harpsichord by John Butt, permitted Alder’s extensive operatic background to come to the fore. It transformed this concert performance of Handel’s music into a complete theatrical experience. Alder exploited the Baroque ornamentation of the music to the full, conspiratorially flirting and twinkling throughout her arias to a storming reception. Dunedin Consort was much more than Alder’s backing band, however, and played concertos with verve and aplomb – Huw Daniel particularly excelled in rapid, complex violin solos, filling the Queen’s Hall with energy and excitement.

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