The late and much-missed American soprano Arleen Auger made many beautiful recordings, but none more lovely than this extraordinarily wide-ranging song recital. What other singer could move effortlessly through such a program, encompassing as it does everything from German lieder (Schubert, Schumann, Strauss), French chansons, and Spanish and Brazilian songs, all the way to numbers from Noel Coward's "Conversation Piece" and Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot"? Auger finds the appropriate style for every piece--bewitchingly seductive in Ovalle's langruous "Azulao," wittly pointed in Mahler's beguiling "Liebst du um Schonheit," darkly impassioned in Donaudy's storm-tossed "O del mio amato ben," exquisitely limpid in Britten's heart-stopping arrangement of "The Salley Gardens" (taken at an awe-inspiringly slow speed), and utterly without even a hint of condescension in the Broadway show tunes. And throughout this stylistic and linguistic Babel of a recital, Auger's characteristically ravishing tone remains absolutely pure and untroubled. Accompanied as she is with unfailing pianistic imagination and virtuosity by Dalton Baldwin--and recorded with you-are-there digital realism by Delos--Auger has given us a CD that is not only a wonderful memorial to her incomparable vocal art but also a joyful confirmation that perfection is achievable on earth.