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Mother's Songs - Japanese Popular Songs / Mera, Uchiyama

Audio Samples

>Ono, Tadasuke : Evening Primrose
>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Found a Small Autumn
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Being Scolded
>Dan, Ikuma : Autumn Field
>Yamada, Kosaku : Red Dragonfly
>Kainuma, Minoru : Autumn in a Village
>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Talked with the Fog
>Yamada, Kosaku : Being Kept Waiting in Vain
>Sugiyama, Haseo : An Outgoing Ship
>Dan, Ikuma : Lullaby
>Dan, Ikuma : Flowery Town
>Hashimoto, Kunihiko : Mother's Song
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Plover
>Yanada, Sada : Rain in Johga-Sima
>Nakata, Yoshinao : Over There, Over Yonder
>Fukui, Fumihiko : Dried Gourd Shavings
>Hirai, Kozaburo : That Child, This Child
>Hattori, Ryoichi : Suzhou Nocturne
>Oanka, Megumi : An Old Road
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Strolling around an Old Castle in Komoro
>Taki, Rentaro : The Moon Over a Ruined Castle

Album Summary

>Ono, Tadasuke : Evening Primrose
>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Found a Small Autumn
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Being Scolded
>Dan, Ikuma : Autumn Field
>Yamada, Kosaku : Red Dragonfly
>Kainuma, Minoru : Autumn in a Village
>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Talked with the Fog
>Yamada, Kosaku : Being Kept Waiting in Vain
>Sugiyama, Haseo : An Outgoing Ship
>Dan, Ikuma : Lullaby
>Dan, Ikuma : Flowery Town
>Hashimoto, Kunihiko : Mother's Song
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Plover
>Yanada, Sada : Rain in Johga-Sima
>Nakata, Yoshinao : Over There, Over Yonder
>Fukui, Fumihiko : Dried Gourd Shavings
>Hirai, Kozaburo : That Child, This Child
>Hattori, Ryoichi : Suzhou Nocturne
>Oanka, Megumi : An Old Road
>Hirota, Ryutaro : Strolling around an Old Castle in Komoro
>Taki, Rentaro : The Moon Over a Ruined Castle
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Notes & Reviews:

To hear of a Japanese counter-tenor may come as quite a surprise, but Yoshikazu Mera proves that he is an accomplished and extremely talented artist with a quality of voice that rivals the other Western counter-tenors such as Vyatcheslav Kagan-Paley and Daniel Taylor, among others. He offers us 21 Japanese folk and pop songs accompanied on the piano on Mother's Songs, all accompaniments being as simple as they can be. Yet, the quality of his voice, his singing, and his musicality are the most enchanting, delicate, and some might even say the most entrancing. What strikes with Mera is that at first his voice sounds more like a woman or a boy's voice rather than a counter-tenor, as is the case with Kagan-Paley or Taylor. The title of the CD is in fact the most suggestive -- Mother's Songs -- getting the feeling across of young boy singing for his mother. Yoshikazu Mera is much more than a boy with a nice voice, he has a remarkable mastery of his counter-tenor voice. A name to remember! ~ Bruno Deschênes



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Works Details

>Ono, Tadasuke : Evening Primrose
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Found a Small Autumn
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1955
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hirota, Ryutaro : Being Scolded
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dan, Ikuma : Autumn Field
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1929
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yamada, Kosaku : Red Dragonfly
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1927
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kainuma, Minoru : Autumn in a Village
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Nakata, Yoshinao : I Talked with the Fog
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yamada, Kosaku : Being Kept Waiting in Vain
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sugiyama, Haseo : An Outgoing Ship
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dan, Ikuma : Lullaby
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dan, Ikuma : Flowery Town
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1947
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hashimoto, Kunihiko : Mother's Song
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hirota, Ryutaro : Plover
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1920
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Yanada, Sada : Rain in Johga-Sima
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1913
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Nakata, Yoshinao : Over There, Over Yonder
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fukui, Fumihiko : Dried Gourd Shavings
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hirai, Kozaburo : That Child, This Child
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hattori, Ryoichi : Suzhou Nocturne
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1940
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Oanka, Megumi : An Old Road
  • Performers: Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1945
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hirota, Ryutaro : Strolling around an Old Castle in Komoro
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Taki, Rentaro : The Moon Over a Ruined Castle
  • Performers: Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1898
  • Language: Japanese
  • Studio/Live: Studio