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Keen that, in the days before recorded sound, recent music be heard more widely, Schoenberg made these exquisite arrangements for his own Society for Private Musical Performances. Such was his skill, and such is the quality of these performances, that the ear quickly ceases to miss the full orchestral soundworld of the originals. Falletta paces Das Lied faultlessly and if Susan Platts is more winning a Mahlerian than Charles Reid, both throw themselves at every challenge set them. Better still is Roderick Williams in the slighter cycle, in one of his finest outings on record. Good sound, Naxos price.

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