Many years ago I bought some used records which included this recording. Having heard the Messiah many time before I was a little taken back by this version, as parts of it seemed to be off speed or tempo. What I found out later was that this recording was based upon the original score as written by Handel and not the more modern version performed by most orchestras and choirs today. The funny thing was, the more I played these records the more I liked them compared to the newer version. When the records wore out, I search the Internet and to my surprise it had been reissued on CD. I was truly elated! This verison takes a little getting use to because of the tempo, but if you play it a little loud, like you are in front of the orchestra, it is truly wonderful. The piece is so nice it is hard to do other things while it is playing. I find it so interesting that some pieces of music are so moving that one really transcends the music, you don't hear it you just experience it. This CD is as close to that feeling as one can get listening to recorded music.