Usually, compilations of classical music sound like a grab bag of greatest hits, with no regard for the integrity of complete works. Although that accusation could also be levelled at "Venice Music", with its excerpts from longer works, it plays out with a lot more consistency than most. It restricts itself to highlights of just a few recordings, maintaining a delicious flow from choral to instrumental and orchestral. Most importantly, the performances are all excellent, and all on period instruments. If you'd like just one example of beautiful baroque, this is the one to get.