Like the previous reviewer, I was once a devotee of the Hogwood version. This is very different. Hogwood is excellent, not boring at all, but this is a very different take. This is totally driven, energetic, electric, it's what you want to listen to when you are driving through the countryside on a sunny day with the top down. There is a real depth of feeling, a joyous tone, wonderful singing, superb playing. I doubt if it's what Handel had in mind, that's where Hogwood probably scores, but this is utterly transformational. Just buy it, it's better than any medication, more powerful than any other version of this masterpiece (I have 12 versions)and if you are stuck with the old huge orchestra/modern instruments/mega chorus versions you may find it puzzling first time around, but, less is very, very, much more.