John Rutter's interpretation of the Messiah sparkles. It is light and airy rather than heavy and ponderous like so many interpretations of this amazing work. I got the sense I was hearing the piece for the first time. Handel would be cheering.
My daughter (a viola player) is a huge Handel's Messiah fan. No Christmas is complete without it. I bought her this CD, and she loved it so much, I decided to buy more copies to give as gifts. Reasonably priced and approved by a music-loving 24 year old. :D