The CD appeared on the European market early this year ("Gramophone" reviewed it in March on p. 88) and it is only now that it has its American premiere. I was waiting impatiently - so did many von Otter's admirers in this country - and here it is! I bought my copy in Europe a couple of months ago and listened to it many, many times. What a wonderful disc it is! One of the highlights of the program is Vivaldi's cantata "Cessate, omai cessate" which has been recorded not so long ago by Andreas Scholl (1996 "Gramophone Award" winning disc with Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater" and other vocal and instrumental pieces, Harmonia Mundi HMC 901571). Both interpretations are splendid, but diametrically different with Scholl more withdrawn and resigned (the cantata tells a story of an unhappy love) and von Otter boiling with fury, one of the most "furious furies" I've ever heard in the so called 'ancient music' repertoire (Handel can be quite good at it!). There are other wonderful pieces, including such gems as Purcell's "Incassum, Lesbia, rogas" or famous ""Oh solitude". Throughout the disc, von Otter proves once again how masterly she can convey the mood of music by using the most subtle colors of her voice's palette. This disc is my treasure! Its contents - heralded by the title - does not promiss an easy and cheerful fall listening, but as always with von Otter's recitals - it brings real joy, though sometimes through tears.