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A surprise! Shéhérazade fi nds Fleming in seductive voice – perhaps too seductive for Messiaen’s tough-love cycle Poemes pour moi. Writing Le Temps l’horloge* for Fleming after a chance meeting, Dutilleux provides an appealing series of soundworlds that suits the warm sumptuousness of her voice. The live recording is of the slightly bronchial world premiere; studio recordings are suitably lush.

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