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第11号  『ロスチャイルドと音楽家の実像』

       音楽の表裏歴史 (その1)

 音楽界の狂気が凶器になった時代

 第二世界次大戦中、かつて失われたユダヤ民族十種族の末裔で、ロスチャイルドの庇護を受けたということで結びついてるワルター マーラー トスカニーニ ロッシーニ メンデルスゾーンなどを次々パージ(追放)するため、ナチス党正会員になりヒットラーの寵愛を独占利用したのが「人を殺しても音楽を演奏したい」といって、ヒットラーによりナチスドイツの国家指揮者に任命されたカラヤンであった。

 ナチスはメンデルスゾーンの立像も第二次世界次大戦直前に破壊し、全曲演奏禁止とさせた悲劇はそれだけではない。マーラーの親族も含め、ユダヤ系の多くの音楽関係者、芸術家の親族がアウシビッツ収容所に連行され、ガス室におしこめられて犠牲になった。その数はおびただしいのである。

 父で指揮者のアーノルト・ロゼーとグスタフ・マーラーの妹であるユスチーヌ・マーラーを母に持つマーラーの姪アルマ・ロゼーも、収容所ではガス室の地獄に向かう仲間のユダヤ人行列の前で音楽隊指揮と得意のバイオリン演奏を命じられた。そして最後に自分自身も犠牲者になった。

 国境陸族大陸民族達にはその歴史が忘れられない。

 四方海洋孤島J民は、もともとホロコーストの意識も知識もなかった。それは年表羅列歴史からでは真実の姿の種は芽生えてこない。

 音楽には力がある。だがきれい事ばかりではない。ベートーベンの葬送行進曲、バッハ、ハイドンの教会オラトリオミサ曲、神曲シベリウスのフィンランディヤ神曲などには、時代の悲痛な民族歴史がつまっている。

 陸族大陸民族の葛藤、衝突、悲哀、悲劇

 慰霊、鎮魂、哀愁、悲嘆、郷愁の歴史

 その対極に、古代神話、民話、瞑想、憧憬、希望、賛美、思考、思想、感嘆、歓喜のこもごもな堆積が紀元前数千年、有史以来の、時空の帯の継承の中にれんめんととじ込もる。

 魂のメロディ・リズム・和音と悲哀と叫喚もあることを、境陸族大陸民族は体験してきた。そこには地層が幾重にも厚く重なり化石もずっしり埋蔵されている。四方海洋孤島国ではその背景が読めない。

 北が愛するシベリウス作曲の『フィンランディヤ』ではこんな声が聞こえてくる。

 圧制の繋縛からの解放を、こいねがう積年の民族の願い雄叫び切迫感が圧縮されてる。厚い地層を感得する音楽は単なる感傷だけではない。

(人々は金融界のことばかりに目向けるが、ロスチャイルド250年を越す歴史において、西洋音楽の音楽家達は陰に陽にロスチャイルドとの関係史から切り離す事はできない。エンタテイメントディズニーランド、ハリウッド映画産業界、TV放送、新聞雑誌報道関係を見るまでもなく)

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【11月13日】第4回サロンコンサート、音楽芸術大使ロスチャイルドさんが熱唱

★日本ラトビア音楽協会と在日ラトビア共和国大使館共催の第4回サロンコンサートが11月13日、ラトビア共和国大使館で行われた。

 今回は先ずラトビア音楽にも造詣の深いピアニスト・北條陽子さんが登場、続いて英国から来日中のソプラノ歌手、シャルロット・ド・ロスチャイルドが風呂本佳苗さんのピアノ伴奏で熱唱した。

 北條さんは、アルヴィツ・ジリンスキスの作品に続き、ゲオルグス・ペレーツィスの作品を演奏し、ラトビア人作曲家の奥深い世界を優れた音楽性と卓越したテクニックで見事に表現した。

 ロスチャイルドさんは、自ら日本語と英語で名家・ロスチャイルド家に触れながら表情たっぷりに曲目解説を行い、前半、メンデルスゾーン、ロスチャイルドコレクション、ロッシーニに続いてラトビアの歌を歌い、後半は日本の名曲の数々を完璧な日本語で日本人歌手よりはるかに情感豊に歌い、聴衆を完全に魅了した。風呂本さんのピアノと完璧な呼吸の合致もあって、文字通り至福の時間。ラトビアの歌は、協会合唱団「ガイスマ」が練習中の作品が2曲歌われ、本当に嬉しいプレゼントになった。

 今回も終演後、出演者・聴衆の心が完全に一つになって懇親・談笑の楽しい時間を過ごした。コンサートホールでは味わえない何とも贅沢な一夜で、ヴァイヴァルス大使もそれぞれの演奏を絶賛し、「本当に素晴らしいリサイタルだった。音楽協会に感謝したい」と快心の笑みが続いた。この日の演奏曲目は次の通リ。編集室

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 Charlotte de Rothchild(CDR)は第二次世界大戦後、現代イスラエル国家を建国した「建国の父(実質王)」の息女であるが、ここで重要なことは、ロスチャイルド家の庇護と支援なくしては、現在日本人を含め世界の音楽家が演奏し聴衆ファンが聴いている西洋の著名な作曲家、演奏家、指揮者、交響楽団などの音楽芸術は生まれなかったということです。

 第二次世界大戦中、ヒットラー率いるナチスドイツは、音楽を最大限外交国内外政治に利用しました。しかし作曲家にせよ、演奏家にせよ、指揮者にせよ、歴史的に、欧米音楽界はイスラエル(ユダヤ)系人が、2/3以上を占めていました。そのため、アウシュビッツ収容所で行われたガス室のホロコースト(大殺戮)の中には、多くのユダヤ系音楽家の家族も含まれるという悲劇が生まれました。ヒットラーの愛顧を得るために動くナチス御用音楽家と、ヒットラーに反目し追放される反ナチス音楽家と分かれました。

 しかし戦後、その区別がつかなかったのは、四方海洋孤島国Jでした。西洋音楽は、民族の思想と歴史と国家社会と神の意味が含まれているケースが多い。特に交響楽・交響詩には、その意味では芸術性が高いものが多く、単なる感傷センチメントのみではないのです。

 Charlotte de Rothchild(CDR)女史は、ソプラノ歌手であると同時に、ロスチャイルド家とかかわりの深い著名音楽家の歴史の研究家でもあります。CDR女史の父は、第二次大戦中の全ユダ民族代表として歩んで来た苦難の歴史の生き証人でした。昨年(2009年)他界しました。

 CDR女史はイスラエル建国の父の娘として、ロスチャイルドファミリ-に結びついていた音楽家については、ロスチャイルファミリ-内の音楽の素養のあるメンバーならでは、知りえない事もあります。

 四方海洋孤島国J民の西洋音楽の演奏者と聴衆は、楽器演奏の技術レベルと音と声の技巧と感情移入とかで、半面だけで聴き入るケースが多いが、音楽の聴き方のもうひとつの楽しみ方をもたないのは片手落ちでもったいない話です。その音楽の背後にある思想思考、歴史背景、民族性、至高性の理解を持っていて聴くのと、持たないで聴くは、半面落ちではないかと思うのです。

 

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「CDR 女史の経歴紹介とその歴史的ルーツの研究家」

『ロスチャイルド家と繋がっていた欧米音楽家一覧』

『ロスチャイルド家のファミリーコネクションのある欧米音楽家一覧』

(NHK 90分 ロスチャイルドパッションコンサートTV番組 放映)

(音楽芸術親善大使シャルロッテ・ロスチャイルド女史 米、英、独、仏、伊、墺、日、韓、中国、カナダ、アルゼンチン、オーストラリヤ、フィリッピン等世界中で幅広くコンサート公演活動を行っている)

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(英語版解説)

(世界で活躍する音楽芸術大使シャルロッテ・ドゥ・ロスチャイルド女史)

(父は現代イスラエル建国開祖者)

(ロスチャイルド家と欧米音楽家関係史研究第一人者)

(オーストリヤ ザルツブルグ音楽院卒 ロンドン王立音楽院卒)

Charlotte de Rothschild studied at the Mozarteum in

Salzburg, Austria and at the Royal College of Music in London.

(オーストリヤ ザルツブルグ音楽院卒 ロンドン王立音楽院卒 ソプラノ歌手)

She specialises in the recital and oratorio repertoire.

She has a particularly interesting and unusual approach

in tailoring her recital programmes to specific themes:

the best known is the "Family Connections" programme

in which all the songs are by composers who were

either friends, teachers, or ancestors of her family during

the last two hundred years.

Charlotte has performed this all over the world.

Some of the concerts took place in original

Rothschild houses such as the Villa Ephrussi-Rothschild

in the south of France, the Chateau de Ferrierres

outside Paris and she presented this programme

in the Rothschild-Palais in Frankfurt for Chancellor

Kohl on the actual 250th anniversary.

Her CD "Family Connections" has had world-wide success.

Other themes presented in major concert halls or festivals

are "Flower Songs" (arranged by the season),

Women of the Old Testament" (with harpsichord and

piano accompaniments) that she devised for the B'nai

Brith Music Festival and "A Woman's Lot" (a humorous look

at the passage of life) which she created for the

National Federation of Women's Institute's 75th anniversary.

Her first CD "Flowers, Dreams and Romance", based

by Charlotte's ancestor, Mathilde de Rothschild, was

released in Japan in 1991 by Toshiba-EMI and went to

no. 1 in their charts. (東芝EMI出版)

Charlotte also specialises in the voice and harp

repertoire and has had many concert tours with the

harpist Danielle Perrett in France, Hong Kong, South Korea,

America and Japan.

Ongaku no tomo invited her to record a CD of classical

Japanese songs called “A Japanese Journey . Nihon no tabiji”

. She is the first gai-jin to have recorded a

complete CD of these a pioneer.

As a result of her involvement in promoting the beauty of

these songs, she took part in many concerts in the Japan

2001 Festival being held in the U.K., including concerts

in the South Bank, St. John’s, Smith Square, and

two solo recitals.

A 20 minute arrangement of Kohsaku Yamada songs adapted by

Yui Kakinuma was commissioned especially for Charlotte and

the English Chamber Orchestra in a concert held at

the Barbican. She also premiered this work in Prague

Castle with a chamber orchestra.

She devised and performed in a 90-minute television documentary

for NHK TV called “Rothschild  

Passions”.(NHK 90分 ロスチャイルドパッションコンサートTV番組 放映)

More recently she has had concerts in Mexico, Los Angeles,

Boston, South Korea and Japan.

Www.charlottederothschild.com CHARLOTTE de ROTHSCHILD soprano

“Hers is a beautifully controlled, pure, lyrical voice whose

clarity of diction and obvious empathy with the music and

words that she sings render to her recording a special

intimacy and charm…”

MAINICHI DAILY NEWS, TOKYO CHARLOTTE SINGS IN 16

LANGUAGES! HER REPERTOIRE INCLUDES THEMED RECITALS:

FAMILY CONNECTIONS CREATED FOR THE 250th ANNI-

VERSARY OF THE ROTHSCHILD DYNASTY with songs by

friends, teachers and relatives. FLOWER SONGS (by the season)

AN ORIENTAL FEAST (inc. classical Japanese kakyoku

and Korean songs) (ロスチャイルド発足250年記念祭)(毎日新聞)

HARP & VOICE A WOMAN’S LOT A MAGICAL EVENING (19th & 20th

Century British songs about Fairies, Elves, Evil Sprites,

Leprechauns and other mystical creatures)

EXTENSIVE ORATORIO AND ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE

Charlotte de Rothschild REVIEWS

"…she had a highly cultivated affinity with

the genre of Lieder.

Whether she is portraying Mussorgsky's whining child, a

lover or a folk-singer, her intelligence as a performer

always comes through. She sang some charmingly dignified songs

by her ancestor Mathilde, which had a Mendelssohnian purity

flavoured with some very subtle shifts of harmony."

THE TIMES, LONDON (タイム紙ロンドン)

"“In one of the most intriguing recordings of recent

months, a present-day Rothschild sings works

inscribed in her

family’s volume…Charlotte de Rothschild, whose attractive

voice has earned her a career as a recitalist and oratorio

soloist, intersperses treasures from the family album

among other works associated with home musicales - most

notably, songs composed by her cigar-smoking ancestor

Mathilde de Rothschild.” THE NEW YORKER (ニューヨーカー紙)

“Charlotte de Rothschild has devoted much time

in the way of special preparation and her admirable artistry

enabled her to convey the depths of feeling below the surface

of much of this fascinating repertoire.

To select the finest, for they were all of a similar level

of artistic merit, yet those by Ikuma Dan, Kohsaku Yamada

and Tadanori Ohno, as well as the final more modern group,

were uncommonly interesting. A very worthwhile and

unusually successful evening.” MUSICAL OPINION MAGAZINE

(音楽オピニオンマガジン)

Charlotte and Danielle have been working

together since 1993 and as such are one of

the most successful voice and harp duos

around. During the last decade they have

had concert tours all over the world

including in France, South Korea, Japan, the

U.S.A. and the U.K.

One of their specialities is presenting themed

programmes which incorporate rare or little

known repertoire. The best known world-

wide is “Family Connections” (sometimes

called A Rothschild Soiree) in which

Charlotte presents her illustrious family’s

musical history of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The majority of the songs were written

originally for piano but have been skilfully

adapted by Danielle to complement the intriguing

story woven throughout the songs.

Another theme they often are asked to do is

“Flower Songs by the Season” (“A Seasonal

Bouquet”). This idea came about because of

Charlotte’s background as the grand-daughter of

Lionel de Rothschild, the creator of Exbury, the

famous rhododendron and azalea garden in

Hampshire. She is a Director and actively involved

in the day-to-day running whenever she is not on

tour! The programme includes songs in many

different languages and styles from Baroque to

Modern. The popularity of this programme led to

their being invited to create a programme around

the celebrated English gardener Gertrude Jekyll, who

possessed a fine mezzo voice as well as being

talented with the trowel.

Gardening and Architecture run hand in hand and

they devised a charming recital based on the life of

Sir John Soane that they performed in two of his

properties; the Soane Museum and Pittshanger

Manor. This incorporates music from around 1770

to 1830 and tells, amongst other anecdotes, of his

friendship with Nancy Storace, the famous soprano

who was Mozart’s original Susanna.

Charlotte and Danielle are proud to present “An

Oriental Feast”, a programme which includes

kakyoku, songs in Japanese by Japanese composers

setting their most famous poems in a classical

Western manner, the Japanese equivalent of Lieder,

Chanson or Art Song. One of the most evocative

sounds is that of the thousand year old national

instrument of Japan, the Koto, a 13 stringed

instrument that is plucked making a very delicate

sound much akin to the harp. Therefore it seemed

only natural for Danielle to adapt the

accompaniments for the modern harp.

Last, but by no means least, Charlotte and Danielle

have amassed a very extensive collection of delightful

but relatively unknown compositions written

specifically for the Harp & Voice from which they

can tailor appropriate recital programmes.

"An imaginatively varied programme in the recital by

soprano Charlotte de Rothschild at the Purcell Room was

distinguished by linguistic as well as vocal virtuosity."

THE JEWISH CHRONICLE Page 2(ジューイッシュクロニクル)

CHARLOTTE de ROTHSCHILD & DANIELLE PERRETT

HARP & VOICE DUO SAMPLE HARP AND VOICE PROGRAMME

Stay Time Awhile John Dowland Air par M. Mereau

Philippe-Jacques Meyer Air de Sara L’Amante abandonee

Johann Baptist Krumpholz Thou art the giddiest

youth alive George Kiallmark

Drei Gesange aus Lord Byron’s Hebraischen Gesangen

Robert Schumann fur einen Singstimme mit begleitung

der Harfe Op.95 Die Tochter Jephta’s An dem Mond

Dem Helden Cinq melodies populaires Grecques Maurice

Ravel arr. Salzedo Le reveil de la Mariee

La-bas, vers l’eglise Quel galant m’est comparable

Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

Tout gai! INTERVAL Pres d’un berceau Henriette Renie

Soneto a Cordoba Manuel de Falla La lettre du

Jardinier Marcel Tournier A sa guitare Francis Poulenc

From Cinq Chansons de Femme Philip Cannon La Bien Mariee

La Bien Aimee Y Gwydd (The Weaver) arr. William Matthias

Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the white rock)

David Watkins Sumer is icumen in Charlotte and Danielle

performing during their Min-on tour in Japan

With her reputation as an international artist and after

years of research, no-one is better placed than the soprano

Charlotte de Rothschild to tell the unique story of the

Rothschilds and their musical associations.

This is the musical story of her family which started

via the family’s founder Mayer Amschel Rothschild.

Under his direction and genius, his five sons

(hence the five arrows of the family crest) were sent

to France, Germany, Austria, Italy and

England to create the banking dynasty that has become so

famous throughout Europe today.

Charlotte is the latest scion of the family to immerse

herself in the rich heritage of her forebears, acting

both as chronicler and voice of her family history.

She has put together a celebration of songs and a collection

of delightful anecdotes

and she takes the listener on an aural journey through the

Rothschild musical vaults, including some previously

unknown works by various famous composers.

These were either friends, teachers or relatives,

such as Liszt,Poulenc, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Chopin,

and her ancestors, Meyerbeer and Mathilde de

Rothschild. Some of this music was discovered in the form

of a Livre d’Or - a musical autograph book, started

in 1826 by a previous Charlotte de Rothschild,

who obviously invited any composer who visited her to write

either a song or piano piece into her book.

The collection was added to by her daughter Mathilde

and the book passed on through the female line, being added to

well into the 20th Century by composers such as

Bernstein, Hahn and Milhaud. Finding this musical autograph book

was confirmation of Charlotte’s research over the years.

Mathilde de Rothschild was a very talented composer who wrote

beautiful songs. She was taught at the age of fifteen by Chopin,

who was so impressed that even during his last illness,

when he took few pupils, he found time for

"the Rothschild girl".

Her works were published by the major houses of Europe

under her own name as "La Baronne Willy de Rothschild"

or "Freifrau Willy von Rothschild" (she married a

cousin). She was asked by many leading singers of the day to

compose for them. Her most famous song "Si vous n'avez rien a

me dire", also known as her "Romance", was the first of a set of

five songs written for her friend Adelina Patti.

The CD was released world-wide and is now available to download

from various digital stores including CDBaby.com.

CHARLOTTE de ROTHSCHILD FAMILY CONNECTIONS

"Her new release, Family Connections,contains some

exquisite songs by another Rothschild". BBC MUSIC

MAGAZINE Page 3  BBC TV(英国BBCテレビ)

FAMILY CONNECTIONS Auf Flugeln des Gesanges Felix Mendelssohn

(1809-1847)

The rare Flower Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)

Smutka rzeka Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Schmerzvergessen Mathilde de Rothschild

My Lady sleeps (1832-1924)

Canzonetta Jaques Halevy (1799-1862)

Nachgefuhl Louis Spohr

Rose, softly blooming (1784-1859)

Canto d'Armida Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)

Mi lagnero tacendo Giacomo Rossini

Pastorella delle Alpi (1792-1886)

I N T E R V A L

Du bist wie eine Blume Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Romance Mathilde de Rothschild

Romance Magyar Les Papillons

Romance Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849)

A Chloris Reynaldo Hahn

Si mes vers avaient des ailes (1874-1947)

A sa guitare Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

To daisies Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Orpheus with his lute Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

The composer Baronness Mathilde de Rothschild

FLOWER SONGS

SUMMER "Sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cuccu" (Anon)

Have you seen but a whyte lilie grow? Ben Jonson/

When daisies pied Thomas Arne

Where the bee sucks

Die Lotosblume Robert Schumann

Heidenroslein Franz Schubert

Natsu no omoide Yoshinao Nakata

Les Roses d'Ispahan Gabriel Faure

Les Papillons Ernst Chausson

Garden Medley arr. Stuart Calvert

Summertime George Gershwin

AUTUMN "Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness" (Keats)

The last rose of Summer Friedrich von Flotow

Aka tonbo Kohsaku Yamada

Kanpyo Fumihiko Fukui

INTERVAL

WINTER "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" (Shelley)

Blow, blow, thou Winter wind Thomas Arne

Schneeglockchen Robert Schumann

Violets for your furs Matt Dennis

SPRING "The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la" (Gilbert)

Das Veilchen Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

She moved through the Fair unaccompanied Trad.

The lark in the clear air Phyllis Tate

Where lilac blows Mathilde de Rothschild

Romance

We’ll gather lilacs Ivor Novello

Scarborough Fair arr. David Watkins

Sumer is I-cumen in

CHARLOTTE DE ROTHSCHILD - SOPRANO,

FLOWER SONGS BY THE SEASON

“I was impressed by the

clearness of her

sensitivity to the words

and her accuracy in

grasping the meaning of

the songs. This time

she sang with even

more richness of tone

and her voice control,

based on good singing

technique was excellent.

The voice seems to

have an underlying

strength showing to

even better effect the

expressed feelings and

scenery.” ONGAKU NO TOMO MAGAZINE (音楽の友)

"Flower Songs at Kew Gardens, a recital given by the soprano

Charlotte de Rothschild, was an adept piece of programming.

Miss de Rothschild possesses a beautifully refined tone and

the gift of graceful characterisation. The programme

featured an imaginative selection of songs for the seasons

representing many different styles and eras."

THE JEWISH CHRONICLE November 2009 visit to Tokyo

AN ORIENTAL FEAST

To-oku e ikkitai Hachidai Nakamura (1931-1992)

Chin chin chidori Hidmaro Konoe (1898-1973)

Sakura yoko cho Yoshinao Nakata (1923-2000)

Hatsukoi Tatsunosuke Koshitani (1909-1982)

Nobara Kohsaku Yamada Karatachi no hana (1886-1995)

Tampopo Yoshinao Nakata

Harp solo: Sakura Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975)

Defune Haseo Sugiyama (1889-1952)

Kayano kiyamo no Kohsaku Yamada

Awate doko ya Kohsaku Yamada arr. Tomoko Iwakawa

INTERVAL

The Jade Mountain

A night thought on Terrace Tower Edmund Rubbra

On hearing her play the harp (1901-1991)

An Autumn night message

A song of the southern river

Farewell to a Japanese Buddhist priest bound homeward

Two Korean songs

Peony Do Nan Cho arr. Ronn Branton

Barley Field Yong Ha Yun arr. Ronn Branton

Yoi machigusa Tadanori Ohno (1895-1930)

Haru Ikuma Dan

Higurashi (1924-2001)

Narayama Kozaburo Hirai (1910-2002)

Hayakuchi kotoba o Megumi Ohnaka (1924- )

CHARLOTTE DE ROTHSCHILD - SOPRANO, MASAHIRO SAITOH - PIANO

NIHON NO TABIJI - A JAPANESE JOURNEY

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“A Japanese Journey . Nihon no tabiji” reflects the fact that over the last ten years,

I have spent many months touring Japan through all the varied seasons and have

travelled to its many different areas. I have been lucky enough to glimpse the

hidden Japan and to sense the true culture and history of the land. To an outsider,

it might appear that a Japanese person will seldom show their real feelings but these

songs must surely confirm their ability to have emotions, covering the wide range

from a child’s simple wonder of a red dragonfly to the remembrance of a first love.

As in the great Schubert songs, so these strophic kakyoku hide a depth of meaning

and one has to peel away each layer of the poems and music to discover their inner

core. An album of all-Japanese traditional songs is not an unusual thing for a

Japanese artist to do in Japan but the fact that I am a gai-jin . A foreigner, may give

them a different slant. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed

recording them with the help of the wonderful Masahiro Saitoh as accompanist.”

“Upon hearing the very first song I was enthralled by Charlotte’s singing.

Through her one can sense the style of the Taisho/Showa epoch… she

conveys the very essence of the music. One wonders where she

obtained such intimate feelings which seem, at times, stronger than

those possessed by many contemporary Japanese. Japanese songs have

delicate words and phrases and these are reflected by the natural beauty

of her voice which catches the attention of the listener. I sincerely hope

that this C.D. reaches out and moves audiences world-wide.”

RYOHSUKE HATANAKA (Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo

University of Fine Art and Music)

"Miss de Rothschild's way of singing these Japanese songs shows a very

good technique, pronunciation, grasp of harmony and attention to detail.

She sings with all her heart and produces a lovely sound. I get the

impression that she understands true Japanese feelings and she portrays

so well the emotional atmosphere of pre-war Japan with this dramatically structured musical offering. This

performance brings Japanese songs to an international audience. A truly wonderful atmosphere and an exceptional

recording." THE RECORD GEIJUTSU MAGAZINE

CDs:

A JAPANESE JOURNEY with Masahiro

Saitoh - Piano

FAMILY CONNECTIONS with Malcolm

Martineau - Piano

CHARLECOTE PARK with

David Watkins - Harp (National Trust

Recording)

FLOWERS, DREAMS, ROMANCE with

Julius Drake - Piano

ROSSINI Petite Messe Solonelle (rec. in

Japan)

Nagoya Castle at cherry time