OK, the recording is 1959, OK, It's ADD, not DDD, OK, the trend is now towards the baroque band and choirs of aorund 20 and not the massed musical forces north of Watford, OK, the choir comes from 'Udderfield and the orchestra from Liverpewel and not from trendy London. Yes I know all that. BUT This, for me is THE definitive recording of Handel's Messiah and THE one to own. It's got the great outsized Victorian tradition wall to wall, it's got the pre Christmas concert sentiment as standard, at no extra cost an' it's got the G(u)oosto of t'best choral society-EVER. And yet despite all that warm cosy sentiment, it has the intelligent caring musical direction of the one and only Malcolm Srgent who studied music at Cambridge and was one of the great conductors of the 20th century (despite all the clever insults to his detriment that genius Beecham could devise!). It's also got the (R)LPO playing at its best and four wonderful soloists.......YUP, if you're looking for a recording of Handel's Messiah, this has to be at the top of your list. If you're a tecchie then go and buy the latest digital sound as well as (not instead of) this one, but I know which one you'll listen to first most of the time - you got it - the Sargent version. Happy listening - (and a bargain too).