And so at the third attempt tonight, we get something we actually want to listen to. This is a bit of a compilation job, not just Handel but Mozart and Rossini as well. Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Actually not half bad – quite listenable, quite stirring in places (in the music, not places in me – it’s not that good). I even recognised a couple of bits – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, I think.
What I’ve never seen before is that the back cover has little diagrams for your treble, bass and stereo balance dials – so you can make a note of how the album sounds best and re-set it like that next time you listen to it. Simple genius.