CD - Family Connections

Songs by friends, teachers and relatives; spanning 200 years of Rothschild family history.

"Family Connections" was Charlotte de Rothschild's first professional recording. It was made early on in her career and highlights the wonderful connections that the Rothschilds have had over the generations with so many famous musicians. Charlotte’s career has since taken her all over the world.

With her wide knowledge of the song repertoire, from different eras, countries and genres, she has created some wonderful themed programmes; the best-known being this "Family Connections" which traces the musical history of her forebears with music by, and anecdotes about, the composers who were friends, teachers or ancestors of the Rothschild family during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Charlotte has presented this programme in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and the U.K.

Other themes presented in major concert halls or Festivals include "A Bouquet of Flower Songs" (arranged by the season), "Women of the Old Testament" (with harpsichord and piano accompaniments), and "A Woman's Lot" (a humorous look at the passage of life). Charlotte put together a programme for the McMullen Museum of Art in Boston in conjunction with the art exhibition "Making History", from the Royal Society of Antiquaries, which included songs that reflect Antiquarian interest in England in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries and she repeated this recital in Yale and in London. Another programme, which she performed with the pianist Adrian Farmer in Boston and then in Newport, Rhode Island, was a celebration of the work of the stained-glass artist John La Farge called "Mirages: The Light and Life of John La Farge through Music."

Charlotte is a Nimbus recording artist with whom she has released many CDs. These include "The Songs of Mathilde de Rothschild" which showcase the beautiful French and German songs of her talented ancestor who was a pupil of Chopin and a well-published composer in the 19th century, two Schumann albums called "An Intimate Recital" and "The First Green", a Fauré album "Mirages and La Chanson d'Eve" and "The Songs of Roger Quilter", plus three albums for the Lyrita label, "The Songs of Norman Peterkin", "The Songs of Cyril Scott" and "The Songs of Miriam Hyde".

After performing in Japan for over twenty years, Charlotte recorded a CD of classical Japanese songs "A Japanese Journey". She was the first foreigner to have recorded this music in the native tongue and she has promoted the beauty of these songs all over the world, accompanied by the harp, piano or orchestra. In 2016 Charlotte made a whole CD of specially commissioned orchestral arrangements of 19 very beautiful Japanese songs by various composers with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Michael Collins. This was released as "Hana Wa Saku – Flowers Will Bloom" and the Sinfonia, Michael and Charlotte toured Japan together in the Spring of 2017. Her third CD of Japanese art songs, "Furusato", was released in January 2018. During her February tour in Japan, Charlotte had the tremendous honour of performing some of these delightful songs for the new Emperor and Empress of Japan. Her recent concert schedule included concerts in Montenegro, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the U.S.A.



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Family Connections

Songs by friends, teachers and relatives; spanning 200 years of Rothschild family history.

"Family Connections" was Charlotte de Rothschild's first professional recording. It was made early on in her career and highlights the wonderful connections that the Rothschilds have had over the generations with so many famous musicians. Charlotte’s career has since taken her all over the world.

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