These songs by Mozart's son Franz X. are pleasant. There are many who can compose pleasant songs, and whose songs have not been recorded. There's no doubt these songs would have remained unrecorded were it not for the lustre of F.X.'s father.
That said, this is certainly an unusual disc. The repertoire's rarity would have made it of interest no matter what, even if the songs themselves do not reach a level higher than "quite charming".
Barbara Bonney as the singer could have been ideal. Sadly, it seems that Ms Bonney's voice has at last reached a point of no return. While the top remains beautiful and gleaming, the middle - particularly around A and B - has become unfocused, fuzzy, somehow lacking purity, lacking tone... It's hard to describe, but that pearl-like gleam is gone, and I'm terribly afraid it's probably gone for ever.
Perhaps Ms Bonney's future recordings will avoid anything lower than C (C an octave above middle C, that is), but it's hard to imagine anything not incorporating that particular area of the voice. But what a tragedy! Barbara Bonney is rightly famous for her lovely voice and beautiful interpretations, her excellent diction and warm sympathy of manner in her singing. Simply put, her voice was one of the glories of the world.
This recording will only appeal to those who enjoy curiosities of music and who remain dedicated to the beauty of Barbara Bonney's voice that was.