I bought this CD on the strength of John Butt's other 'period' Handel-at-Canons recording, Acis and Galatea, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
This 'period' recording too is very satisfying. Professor Butt's scholarly awareness in recreating the original resources means he has chosen his musicians with care. The performance is supremely stylish, and colourful not least in the triumphant brass and elegant woodwind playing.
Also triumphant and elegant in equal measure is the stylish singing by soloists and chorus; every word is crystal clear, every musical phrase well-drawn.
The programme notes present in most readable fashion the fascinating back-story of Handel's time at Canons with the Earl of Carnarvon (later Duke of Chandos) and the work's early history.