VON OTTER Lieder / Berg, Korngold, R. Strauss 4375152

At the centre of the recital are the "Seven Early Songs" of Alban Berg. The first is 'Nacht', which is also the longest and most readily memorable . . . Von Otter's draining the voice of all vibrato helps create the sense of watchful stillness, just as in the sixth song, 'Liebesode', it makes for an almost other-worldly dreaminess, deepening to a full-bodied passion as the rose scent is borne to the love-bed. Always the mezzo-soprano voice is resourcefully used, able to colour deeply at such points, to float a pure head-tone in 'Traumgekront' or launch a radiant high A in 'Die Nachtigall'. For both artists the record is a worthy successor to their Gramophone Award-winning DG Grieg recital of last year.