The first thing to say is that François Dufaut is a major major composer of music.
Sigrun Richter has the knack of playing with complete abandon of self: the performances are extremely expressive and tender, but you never for one moment think that she's expressing herself
. This is rather different from the only other recording dedicated to François Dufaut I've heard, viz:
where Hopkinson-Smith's personal involvement in the music, his commitment, is palpable. For once with Hopkinson Smith, it's not flashy!
Both seem to me very satisfying, I prefer Richter at the level of technique - she can make a greater variety of tones, timbres and textures come out of his lute. Her style is totally unassertive. Her humility and reticence, her seriousness and tranquility, are attributes which suit me well.