Album: Berlioz, Les Nuits d'été etc – SCO/Karen Cargill/Robin Ticciati (Linn)

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Cargill wraps her sumptuous voice around the curves of Berlioz's song cycle in a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range.

There's playfulness, desolation and yearning – some of it almost whispered into the listener's ear – accompanied by a period-inflected orchestral performance of ravishing transparency from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. Simply divine.