For the life of me I can not understand why Ravel's wonderful vocal music is not more widely performed... it's simply exquisite. And the performances on this disc do not disappoint- some of the finest singers of our time. Highlights for me include Jose Van Dam's delicious singing (particularly the Don Quichotte a Dulcinee songs), Felicity Lott's marvellous Mallarme poems, Jessye Norman's sumptuous Chansons Madecasses and for superb musicianship alone (despite the wonderful voice!) Gabriel Bacquier's Histoires Naturelles. A must for lovers of fine singing, and anyone who enjoys Ravel's music.