I was thrilled to see this recording is available on CD. Alfred Deller's work has often been overlooked in recent years because he was a very early student and proponent of early music practice and performance. While it is true that in recent years better and more authentic ancient instruments have been available to performers, and there has been a bodyof scholarship that was not available to him, Deller himself was a consumate performer and a dedicated scholar of ancient music, and this shines through in all these performances. He almost singlehandedly brought countertenor performance back to the concert stage, and his interpretations are masterful. While more modern recordings may meet a higher standard of authenticity in the instruments and the interpretation, these recordings have great musicianship and dedication behind them and deserve to be heard. In understanding any early music piece, it is important to hear and compare different recordings and interpretations in order to fully understand the range and form of the piece. Alfred Deller is one of the artists whose work and teachings form the basis for our current understanding, and I am glad that this interpretation is once again available to us all.