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ALICE ADER (b 1945)
French pianist



Alice Ader began her studies with Geneviève Dehelly in 1954.  Four years later, in 1958, she was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she studied piano with Lucette Descaves and chamber music with Jacques Février, graduating in 1963 with a unanimous first prize.  1966 brought her a gold medal in the Marguerite Long Conpetition.  Three years study in Vienna followed with Bruno Seidlhofer at the Akademie für Darstellunde Kunst where she immersed herself in the works of the Viennese composers.

A quintessentially French pianist, Alice Ader plays the French/Belgian repertoire as it should be played.  Her recordings of Franck, Lekeu, Debussy and Ravel are just beautiful and leave nothing to be desired.

But Alice Ader's Schubert is heavenly, and her Scarlatti sonatas, though not my first choice when I am in an early 18th century mood, are excellent and capture the essence of the original harpsichord articulation wonderfully.

Alice Ader is a first class pianist, chamber musician, and accompnist who has had a stellar career as a concert pianist in France and is virtually entirely unknown in the USA.



Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonatas

K 12 in G minor
03:20 ➢ K 144 in G major
08:45 ➢ K 99 in C minor
13:56 ➢ K 441 in B major
18:06 ➢ K 373 in B major
20:24 ➢ K 32 in D minor
23:33 ➢ K 43 in G minor
26:24 ➢ K 202 in B major
30:10 ➢ K 40 in C minor
32:29 ➢ K 225 in C major
37:23 ➢ K 8 in G minor
42:53 ➢ K 70 in B major
45:15 ➢ K 95 in C major
47:47 ➢ K 56 in C minor
51:28 ➢ K 244 in B major
56:33 ➢ K 83 in A major
1:01:03 ➢ K 25 in F minor
1:04:40 ➢ K 69 in F minor
1:10:05 ➢ K 85 in F major
1:11:18 ➢ K 59 in F major




Schubert  Ländler, Waltzes and Dances

Letzter Walzer, D 146
01:20 ➢ 4 Valses sentimentales, D 779
05:26 ➢ Walzer, D 979
06:32 ➢ Walzer, D 844
07:51 ➢ 12 Ländler, D 366
18:22 ➢ 9 Ländler, D 145
24:18 ➢ 6 Deutsche Tänze, D 783
29:37 ➢ 9 Wiener-Damen Ländler, D 734
36:44 ➢ 3 Deutsche Tänze, D 972, D 973
40:16 ➢ 3 Deutsche Tänze, D 971
42:32 ➢ 8 Ländler, D 790
49:35 ➢ 1 Deutscher Tanz, D 841
51:35 ➢ 9 Grazer Walzer, D 924
58:43 ➢ Erste Walzer, D 365
1:02:14 ➢ 6 Walzer, D 145
1:08:42 ➢ 7 Valses nobles, D 969

recorded in 1987




Franck  Prelude, Fugue & Variation, Op 18




Franck  Piano Quintet for piano in F minor
i Molto moderato quasi lento - Allegro
Ensemble Ader
[Christophe Poiget & Christophe Ladrette, violins - Pascal Robault, viola - Isabelle Veyrier, cello]




Debussy  Préludes, Livre I

1 Danseuses de Delphes : Lent et grave
03:542 Voiles : Modéré
08:033 Le vent dans la plaine : Animé
10:284 «Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir» : Modéré
14:315 Les collines d'Anacapri : Très modéré
18:156 Des pas sur la neige : Triste et lent
23:097 Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest : Animé et tumultueux
27:028 La fille aux cheveux de lin : Très calme et doucement expressif
29:499 La sérénade interrompue : Modérément animé
32:4210 La cathédrale engloutie : Profondément calme
39:1111 La danse de Puck : Capricieux et léger
42:2212 Minstrels : Modéré

recorded in 1991




Debussy  Estampes

1 Pagodes
04:292 La soirée dans Grenade
09:543 Jardins sous la pluie

recorded in 1991




Debussy  Various Piano Works

Berceuse héroïque
3:54 ➢ Hommage à Haydn
6:20 ➢ Masques

recorded in 1991




Debussy  Images

recorded in 1991


1ère série

1 Reflets dans l'eau
04:572 Hommage à Rameau
11:383 Mouvement




2ème série

1 Cloches à travers les feuilles
04:292 Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
10:103 Poissons d'or




Debussy  "Jeux" poème dansé (transcribed by Debussy)

recorded in 1999




Debussy  Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (transcribed by Debussy)

La Cour des Lys
04:09 ➢Danse extatique
07:20 ➢ La chambre magique
10:53 ➢ La Passion
15:11 ➢ Le laurier blessé
17:47 ➢ Le bon pasteur

recorded in 1991




Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894)  Trois poèmes pour soprano et piano (1892)
texts by the composer
with Rachel Yakar, soprano


1 "Sur une tombe" (text by Lekeu)



2 "Ronde"



3 "Nocturne"




Ravel  Various Piano Works

Sérénade grotesque
03:45 ➢ Menuet antique
11:01 ➢ Prélude
12:42 ➢ A la manière de Chabrier
14:57 ➢ A la manière de Borodine
16:42 ➢ Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn




Ravel  Le tombeau de Couperin

1 Prélude
03:222 Fugue
07:163 Forlane
13:424 Rigaudon
17:30 5 Menuet
23:406 Toccata




Messiaen  Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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