George Frideric Handel knew how to write music that grabs your attention. No matter how hackneyed it has become, a well-played "The arrival of the Queen of Sheba" still sounds splendid, and this one did. When it comes to dramatic, Handel had no peers, as exemplified by the coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest", done here with tremendous verve. Indeed, all The Sixteen (in reality more like twice that) items are done brilliantly, confirmation that, when it comes to choral singing, the British choirs are hard to beat. In addition, we have items from Carolyn Sampson, who makes a great sound, and has great fun with, some virtuoso arias from "Semele".
Minuses? Same as the previous two reviewers - a BBC announcer prattling on (and on and on...), fine for a live broadcast, not so fine for repeated viewing. And the organ concerto was not not the best. Given the overall class of the whole affair, I went back to it, to make sure I hadn't imagined it. Handel's organ concertos are bright, jolly pieces when well played; this wasn't.
Nevertheless, overall, enjoyable and recommended.