Initial joy on receiving this beautiful presentation box was somewhat spoiled by a nasty donk on one corner,showing that this heavy (60 cds) box had been dropped, and matching damage on outer-box corner, points to the carrier (Yodel)...Blame is however shared by Amazon who WILL persist in using brown packing paper to wedge heavy contents in one corner of outer-box, instead of nesting contents centrally. Not the first time I have had to tell them of this, so one star only for that.
Delighted to see that each cd card sleeve has its own design, sometimes the original, but always historical and attractive, rather than repeated identical ones. Quick summary list of contents is on bottom of box ( ! ), but there is a good 60 page index in the specially prepared book (total of 245 pages, ALL in English ! - and with different authors, so probably the original notes). Recordings are all in 20 bit DDD, so 5 stars, well deserved.
Wide choice of composers- all the usual favourites, (though not always their most popular works) plus less well-known, like Schutz, Franchomme and Weiss, and to me, unknown, like Agricola and Gombert . Surprises abound, and no doubt many pleasures await !
As for performances, too early to tell, but if all are of quality of my existing Vivarte series, should be among the best. Guesstimate must be High, some good names here..Archibudelli, Tafelmusik, Anner Bylsma seem to predominate, but many others
Overall, a good bargain,well-presented in a lovely box, Enjoy !