Although I've never found a recorded version of what is probably the greatest opera ever written to replace the superbly cast and directed Guilini (EMI) this new version from Jacobs makes a real alternative. For a start the period instruments give a far more pungent feel than the playing of the vintage Philamonia Orchestra and the whole weight of the piece is different. Whereas Guilini's Don is a demonic creation, Jacobs' is possibly nearer to Mozart's intentions - a thoughtless and licentious young man. Johannes Weisser sounds lighter and younger than Wachter on EMI - not better or worse, just different. That said, the singing isn't quite up to the standard of the EMI's dream cast, but, driven by Jacob's rather more unconventional view of the work it is often extremely exciting. While I would still recommend the EMI as one of the greatest opera recordings ever made, this new version makes a really welcome alternative. Get both and enjoy the differences!