No quibbles here - it is a beautiful voice, no matter what standards you apply. Fleming's glory is essentially vocal, and this is not a recital geared to showcase Fleming's gift for characterisation. That matters little in this exquisite selection of melodies, for the soprano is quite adept at matching the musical styles of her composers, and a canny interpreter of the texts. One's interest is aroused by a beautifully spun "Songs my mother taught me", which she cements with the following "Last rose of summer", perfectly balanced verses making more sense of the piece than usual. If Strauss' "Morgen" is a trifle slow, it suits the mood of the album well and the words really mean something. Fleming is on top form throughout, and is well matched by the English Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate. Buy it, if only to hear Fleming let loose on Puccini's lollipop "Chi il bel sogno". Great singing from a great artist.