I have never been a fan of mixing music and recitation and this disc does nothing to change my mind. However, Vincent Dumestre is an artist of quite exceptional talents and his selection of Robert de Visée’s intimate pieces for theorbe shows his genius at its best. This is a wonderful, contemplative disc to be enjoyed alone or in select (preferably silent company). If you buy this disc for the music, you will not be disappointed. Don’t let the recitation put you off – you can always use the skip button or burn a copy of the music tracks for your personal use (but check local legislation).