Having heard the full version of this rendition about 1976, I have to say this is by far the best version of the Messiah I have ever heard.
Why? The performers appear to believe what they are singing.
Please listen to "He shall feed His flock" and you will know what I mean.
I did record this version when I heard it. Sadly, I managed to delete some of the last part. Ever since I have tried to find a CD with the entire oratorio.
So far I only mangaged to find this CD with highlights which is wonderful.
Does anyone know how one can find the full version of this oratorio please?