Soprano Régine Crespin may have been overshadowed by divas like Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé, but her exquisite voice and sensitive musicianship demand that she be admitted to the pantheon of great singers. There is perhaps no better memento of Crespin's artistry than this 1963 recording. Throughout this program of French songs, her unaffected phrasing and beauty of tone cast a magic spell. Rarely has "Le Spectre de la rose" from Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'été" been sung with such heartbreaking sincerity and quiet dignity. And has Ravel's exotic trilogy "Schéhérezade" ever sounded more enchantingly sensuous as it does here? Conductor Ernest Ansermet proves his mastery of the French style, eliciting supple, sympathetic playing from his Swiss orchestra. As a bonus, this reissue includes excerpts from a song recital Crespin recorded with pianist John Wustman in 1968. Their performances of Debussy's "Chansons de Bilitis" and seven songs by Poulenc are rapturous and refined -- a model for young singers and a delicacy for those who treasure great singing.