This is a wonderful recording. Bergonzi's musical understanding of these songs in unparalleled. Bergonzi brings the same kind of musical intelligence, attention to phrasing and dynamic shading to these songs as Wunderlich brought to lieder. Although his delivery is deeply emotional, it never yields to the sentimental. Bergonzi's voice on this cd is perhaps past its prime (though some will contend that Bergonzi was always in his prime). Still it retains a rich timbre and evenness of tone, with plenty of power and a solid top resister to boot. However, in these songs Bergonzi is to be commended as much for his vocal restraint as for his power. Bergonzi is always sensitive to the graceful vocal line of the older songs on the cd, such as Vaga Luna and La Promessa, and his delivery of these songs is never crass or over-the-top. In this recording, as in many others, Bergonzi's performances epitomize the art of singing.