The tenor made a fine debut in 2011 with a take on an obscure Benjamin Britten song cycle, so it makes sense for him to try another. This time it's "The Heart of the Matter," written with poet Edith Sitwell after the composer used her work in his third Canticle, "Still Falls the Rain" (which was snuggled back into "Matter" afterward). Confused? Don't be: Once again, Phan's earnest voice makes the case. Helping him out is actor Alan Cumming; freed from the bounds of TV, he lets his Scots accent run in a winning way through the spoken parts. Out of left field, sure -- but a cool odd shot.