All things considered, this recording stacks up rather well. Very well infact. It is uproariously grand, and in it's Italian flamboyancy, shows off Handel's brilliance marvellously. I am familiar with neither conductor nor choir, but what a sound they create!
I find the inclusion of various instrumental interludes fascinating. These pieces are gems, and far from being mere 'fillers', they create their own 'stage', projecting a solidness and sure-footedness that only Handel had.
This really is remarkable music, performed beautifully. That being said, I recommend it whole-heartedly as a true masterpiece of both composition and performance.