This was my first experience of a complete Handel opera and now, some fifteen years later, baroque opera is what is mostly listen to! Coming back to this recording I have to admit that there have been others since that I prefer (of other operas) but I still think that on balance, this is still the best version of 'Giulio Cesare' currently available. Jacobs conducting of Concerto Koln is still wonderfully fresh. I like Jennifer Larmore's forthright assumption of the title role and whilst there are now better baroque sopranos around, Barbara Schlick was a good Cleopatra at the time and is still preferable (in my opinion) to Kozena's quasi-mezzo interpretation for Minkowksi. Derek Lee Ragin suits the creepy Tolomeo and Bernarda Fink is still by far the best Cornelia on record. Marianne Rorholm has been surpassed now in Sesto's arias both in complete recordings (Von Otter and Eirian James are both preferable) and in recital discs. Minor roles are all well taken. I still enjoy returning to this recording and still consider it to be the best currently available. Minkowski's extremes of speed on his rival recording are a problem as are (for me) the casting of Cesare, Cleopatra and Cornelia. Jacobs is the version I would recommend.