Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format. [Machine Translation] [Classical Department Store - French Chronicle] 1st release. 100 titles of masterpieces of French music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the present day! From orchestral to chamber music, instrumental music and opera, this collection covers the essential works in the history of French music! The 100 titles include highly acclaimed albums from Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, as well as masterpieces by both greats and current artists. The booklet includes a foreword by music writer Hiroyuki Yagi. The booklet also includes an easy-to-understand new album commentary. All albums are made from the best possible masters and are presented on high quality SHM-CDs with green color label coating. Songs of Auvergne" was written by the French composer Canteloube, who was born in the Auvergne region. Originally for piano accompaniment, the entire work is recorded here with orchestral accompaniment. Te Kanawa's singing beautifully captures the sunny climate of Auvergne, its pastoral and colorful landscape, and the simplicity of its inhabitants. The coupling includes a piece by Villa-Lobos, who once studied in Paris. No bilingual lyrics are included. [Performed by: Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), English Chamber Orchestra/Conductor: Jeffrey Tate (1-27), Lynn Harrell (cello) (28), Instrumental Ensemble (28) Recorded: August 1982 (1-13), September 1983, June 1984 (14-28) London