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Fleming premiered Hillborg’s cycle and even worked with the composer selecting which texts (by poet Mark Strand) were to be set. Much is recitative, delivered over gossamer textures of great beauty, punctuated with dazzling orchestral punctuation from a true craftsman. Fleming is in great voice and makes the strongest possible case for the piece, and turns in a masterfully judged account of Barber’s lyric rhapsody. If she’s less comfortable in the three short Björk songs, skilfully arranged by Hans Ek, they are best thought of as a bonus to bring the disc to a playing time of 48 minutes.

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