Alessandrini knew what such a liturgical service contained, so it was a matter of making choices from the Selva morale e spirituale collection. The recording at hand contains a complete Vespers; there are other selections that would have been possible; this choice seemed to Alessandrini a good one. Apparently he plans to record the complete "Selva" in the coming years, and this is a first step toward that.
The set comes with a bonus DVD documentary by Claudio Rufa on Alessandrini conducting Monteverdi.
Musically we have some very beautifully stirring Monteverdi done in the authentic manner.
I would heartily recommend this one for any early music enthusiast--or those wishing to explore the genre with something exemplary. It is primo Monteverdi.