This oratorio by Dittersdor was composed in 1786, but the style is quite ancient, which is why I love this recording. I don't like Mozart or Haydn works, except their very early compositions, because I find late classicism very "modern" and boring. However, I passionately love the rococo style (i.e. JC Bach), and this oratorio fits better in this style despite of the date of composition. Just have this in mind if you buy this recording. Having said that, the music contained in this double CD is really wonderful. There are a few choruses, all of them seems to be composed in baroque style (heavy on contrapunct). But the true beauty of this oratorio are the arias, none of them results boring, and most of them are just memorable. The best arias are sung by the main roles (tenor and soprano). For example the tenor aria "Sento novello giubilo" with an obbligato flute at the end of the second part is delightful. It is very interesting that Dittersdorf seems to love melodical progressions (normally fifth progressions in the typical Vivaldian style), and a lot of arias include this formula, which I find very enjoyable. Markus Schaffer and Romelia Lichtenstein (tenor and soprano) sing really well. Some of the soprano arias are VERY difficult to sing, with high notes and coloratura, but Liechtenstein makes a really great job. The rest of the cast is also good. Waschinski is a male soprano with a harsh sound, and he has serious problems singing agilities, but is interesting listening to him in such an extreme pitch. The countertenor Duddeck has a very small and delicate voice, which I find very interesting. Linda Perillo only sings one aria, but what an aria! It has to be listened to be believed. Conduction by Hermann Max is perfect. I like very much this conductor, who has recorded other beautiful works from the preclassical period. I hope he keeps on exploring the music from the rococo-pre classical period. This is indeed one of the most beautiful oratorios from the XVIIIth century.