Just listen to the first track and you'll know you're in for a treat. This is music that you don't often get to hear, with an energy that is often entirely absent from modern performances of warhorse symphonic works. Go on iTunes and buy the first track for 99 cents. Then go to about 1:37 and listen to the second movement of the Serenata Con Altre Arie. Anybody who says classical music doesn't have a groove should listen to this. You will find it hard to resist moving your body to the percussiveness of the lute and castanets. This is chamber music of the most improvisatory, intimate kind, and the players are arguably the best in their field. It is generally accepted that the Freiburger Barockorchester is the world's foremost baroque period-instrument ensemble, and the Freiburger BarockConsort on this disc seem to me to be the best of the best in this group. This is for the most part not serious music; a good deal of it is dance music, so if there is any CD available to show people that classical music is not always serious and stone-faced, this is the one. Seriously, buy that track and let yourself dance to a little bit of Heinrich Schmelzer!