Here's a superlative recording, as are each of the recordings by Dawn Upshaw. Barber's exquisite cycle is the centerpiece, and Upshaw sings it with youthful ease, a hallmark of her recorded legacy. It's a version of the piece that easily tops the others of note. I agree with another of the reviewer's assessment of Steber, she could indeed 'size down the house', something requisite with the Barber- I even prefer her song repertoire to her operas, although "Vanessa" is an exception to that, but her understanding of "Knoxville" isn't modern enough. It's modern, but almost against the fact. Because of that youthful ease, Upshaw acquires a regal transparency in this cycle. I've not heard another rendition like it. Like Berlioz' "Les Nuits d'ete", "Knoxville" inhabits a category unto itself as a song cycle. The piece itself is autumn-wordly, melancholic, with magisterial orchestration magically conjured here by Zinman and St. Luke's. What a sound this ensemble has, an innate clean-space sound free of ego. I admire them tremendously. The Menotti is a hoot! Dawn's singing is so present-in-the-sound, it really is a marvel. She possesses uncanny musicianship for a singer, and is a generous singer, obviously happy with chamber music intimacy. The Harbison is interesting, it's very Upshaw-esque. I've heard other Harbison that is more interesting. The Stravinsky is the weakest bit, in my view. Well done, I suppose, but peculiarly not convincing. But this is a first-rate disc to treasure.