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The Songs Of Mathilde De Rothschild

Charlotte De Rothschild
Release Date: 07/09/2013 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5903   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mathilde de Rothschildmathilde rothschildMathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de RothschildAdrian FarmerCharlotte De Rothschild
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sung as if each song is a precious and unique jewel.

What must it be like, first discovering and then learning songs by an ancestor whose name, in musical circles anyway has utterly vanished without a trace. That is what Charlotte de Rothschild has done and what a voyage of discovery it has been for her … and for the listener. Some of the songs were published by Durand in Mathilde’s lifetime but others have emerged from a discovery made in a family loft.
 
The first disc is devoted to settings in German. Mathilde had lived in Frankfurt for several years with her husband. Six charming Schumann-esque pieces open the programme. These were published in 1876. Other groups come later on the disc - those of
Read more 1897 in a very similar style. There’s also a group put together from 1885. Three settings of Heinrich Heine come in this first publication. Of these the one that especially took my fancy was Weine nicht, a setting of a folksong text. It is particularly touching in its melody line with its repetition of ‘Do not weep’. Also quite moving was the following Du bist wie eine Blume. Schubert is never far away, or Carl Loewe, but the more modern world of Wolf and Wagner passes Mathilde by.
 
She sets a wide range of poets. Especially touching is O sage nicht - ‘O do not say that love dies away like a dream’. Here the harmony is more probing and interesting and the word setting is especially affecting. Her favourite subject matter includes love - lost or found, and the natural world and landscape. These are well summarised in the lovely song Komm! Geh mit mir in’s Waldergrün. She sometimes misses the emotional mark of a poem; one such is Lamento – My beautiful love is dead’ .
 
The booklet notes which fascinatingly recount the background to the de Rothschild family and its musical connections tell us that Chopin especially enjoyed visiting the family home. Indeed he taught Mathilde for a while when she was teenager. It is hardly surprising then that the two CDs are littered with occasional, quite short solo piano pieces - a Mazurka or two, a Nocturne and other romantic and dreamy salon pieces of great charm. Perhaps if she had written more for the piano Cécile Chaminade might have had some extra competition.
 
Mathilde was a real cosmopolitan by the standards of her time. She spoke at least three languages fluently and there are some songs in English. However, CD 2 is devoted to French Mélodies. These are not necessarily French in the musical style of Chabrier, Bizet, Chausson or even early Debussy but are settings of some of the more popular poems of the day by poets like Victor Hugo or Théophile Gautier. In fact the most famous of the songs, Si vous n’avez rien a me dire, the one which made her name is, rather unfortunately not recorded here. This is something of an error. Another Hugo setting, equally enchanting, is Si mes vers avaient des ailes, as is Enfant rêve encore.
 
In some songs the dance rhythms of Paris and Offenbach (as in Danziam) are not that far away and in the lovely Charmeuse and Le rossignol Bellini’s cadential melismas are recalled. Mathilde had met or knew well many of the leading composers of the day including Spontini and Meyerbeer. She was also well versed in the operettas of the time. The first song of CD 2, Romance, parle moi is sentimental but has a memorable and wide-ranging melody. Another light-headed charmer is C'était en Avril, a setting of a good-natured poem by Pailleron. Also, what can be a more moving and beautifully arched melody than in Vous avez beau fair et beau dire; likewise in Je n’ose pas perfect miniatures both.
 
There is a difference of style between the German and French settings but mostly a consistent language is at work. Although it may cloy a little at times it is always perfectly of itself and is utterly persuasive.
 
Adrian Farmer is no mere accompanist although often the piano parts simply support the voice. On other occasions they are quite dominant and use the whole keyboard with sweeping arpeggio figures, melodies doubled in the right-hand and some rich and unexpected harmonic writing. Just to take two contrasting examples, in Les Papillons, a light almost luminous accompaniment adds more than the sum of its parts to the more monochrome vocal line. In the German song, Am See we move from rippling lake accompaniment to a dark, Schumannesque change to homophony for the remembrance of the dead lover. Farmer is utterly part of the duo and adds character where it is most needed and shows a strong understanding of style and nuance.
 
The discs come with a complex but fascinating history of the de Rothschilds - especially of those in the early 20 th century - by Charlotte herself. There is also a useful and detailed commentary on ‘The Musical Voices of Mathilde de Rothschild’ by a very sympathetic Francesco Izzo. Each of these fifty-odd songs is sung with much artistry as if each is a precious and unique jewel. All of the texts are supplied in a separate booklet and have been excellently translated by various hands. The recording is ideal: intimate but spacious.

  -- Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (6) by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876 
2.
Mazurka, Op. 26 by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
3.
Auf den Bergen by mathilde rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
4.
Souvenir, Op. 2 by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
5.
Bluette by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
6.
Das flotte Herz by mathilde rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
7.
Lieder (12) by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte de Rothschild (Soprano), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 
8.
Songs (6) for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Charlotte De Rothschild (), Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 10 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Feuillets d'album, Op. 2: No. 6. Mazurka by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Auf den Bergen, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
11.
Das flotte Herz, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
O sage nicht!, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Der Komet, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
14.
So war die Sonne scheinet, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
15.
Die Gletscher leuchten, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Komm! Geh' mit mir in's Waldesgrün, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
17.
Am See, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
18.
Seitdem du mich verlassen, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
19.
Feuillets d'album, Op. 2: No. 1. Nocturne by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
20.
Feuillets d'album, Op. 2: No. 3 by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Songs (12) for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs. 
22.
Romance, parle moi, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
23.
Bluette, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
24.
Appelle-moi ton âme, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
25.
Près du lilas, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
26.
Coquetterie, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
27.
C'était en avril, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
28.
Quand vous me montrez, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
29.
Romance magyare, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
30.
Mazurka for piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
31.
Vous avez beau faire et beau dire, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
32.
Les papillons, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
33.
Le rossignol, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
34.
La voix qui dit je t'aime, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
35.
Si mes vers avaient des ailes, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
36.
Charmeuse, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
37.
Danziam, valse chantée for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
38.
Waltz for piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
39.
Souvenir, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
40.
Si j'étais rayon, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
41.
Je n'ose pas, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
42.
Puisque vous êtes revenue, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
43.
Enfant rêve encore, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
44.
Feuillets d'album, Op. 2: No. 2 by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
45.
Chanson du pêcheur, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
46.
Tristesse, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
47.
Le vallon natal, for voice & piano by Mathilde de Rothschild
Performer:  Adrian Farmer (Piano), Charlotte De Rothschild ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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