I was quite shocked to find that no one has bothered to write a review of this particular recording which for the authors of the Penguin guide stands as the best on the catalogue.
Don't be fooled by the fact that it comes from a little known label. This is definitely a must-have recording for any serious fan of this work, and even if your are not, it's unlikely that you'll find a more sympathetic and congenial rendition of it. True, the orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic and it shows. But their small scale sound suits perfectly the nature of this lyrical, unpretentious collection of songs, and the conductor knows definitely what's doing. But it is surely to the artistry of Nethania Davrath that this recording owes much of its charm. Soprano voices don't come more beautiful than this, and it's difficult to see anything wrong with her signing.
Putting this recording side to the side with the popular Te Kanawa renditions is a no brainer. Davrath and La Roche provide a much more insightful and ultimately satisfying experience.