IMHO: Purcell's music is as good as any of the period and is under appreciated. My personal favorite is "The Fairy Queen". I believe I owned the CD you mention. Was it originally on Astree?
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Yes, it was on Astree and now is on Alia Vox. Some of the old Astree CDs with the white covers are different performances from the Alia Vox's with the same titles. Some are strikingly different, like the Saint Colombe for instance. This one however is the exact same recording remastered for SACD hybrid. As I said above, it might be a bit bright with a little bit of typical digital glare. Not one of the better sounding discs, but a definitive performance.