I heard this man on the radio singing 'An Die Musik' and had to stop the car to listen. He is extraordinary. Does it take an Englishman to sing Schubert with more sublimlity that any vocalist you have ever heard before? Probably! This rtecording will be a revelation to you, too. In fact, prior to Ian Bostridge, Schubert lieder carried scant interest for me: they often seemed to be somehow fossilised remnants, oversentimentalised, twee and belonging to an antique era. However Bostridge brings a sense of freshness and at an times achingly beautiful lyricism to these songs that reinvents them. It is the way he can deliver a turn of phrase with just the right nuance that reveals the underlying psychological dynamism Schubrt himself probably had in mind when composing the music to accompany the lyrics. Savour the jauntiness of An Sylvia, which makes other performers sound leaden. Or enter into the mysterious profundity of 'Litany for All Souls' Day', which is unbearably rapt and moving. Buy this CD!