Maxine Eilander (BarockHp), Cyndia Sieden (Sopr), Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Stephen Stubbs (Lt, Dir). Artist : Maxine Eilander (BarockHp). Alexander Balus, oratorio, HWV 65~Hark, hark, he strikes the golden lyre 5:57.
On the down side, this version has a much looser form than the later versions, and it usually runs in excess of one hour. To be sure, he and the Orchestre Métropolitaine present a sumptuous reading of the symphony, and the ensemble's characteristic vividness is enhanced by the acoustics, which is especially noticeable in the lower brass, so audiophiles will find much to relish in this recording.