I didn't expect to love this recording as much as I do. The songs themselves are of course beautiful but the orchestration is absolutely dazzling. I was particularly delighted and surprised to hear such an emphasis given to the wind section. The playing by the English Chamber Orchestra is marvellous and yet the recording is all about the music, something that Dame Kiri obviously took to heart here because, unlike some other recordings of Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, she, the singer, becomes part of the landscape of the music and doesn't attempt domination. It's gorgeous!