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Handel: Saul - Jacobs

Handel: Saul - Jacobs

Harmonia Mundi  HMC 801877/78 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Opera


Handel: Saul

Henry Waddington (bass)
Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)
Michael Slattery (tenor)
Rosemary Joshua (soprano)
Emma Bell (soprano)
Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor) 
Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)
Gidon Saks (baritone)
RIAS-Kammerchor
Concerto Köln
René Jacobs (conductor)


The most dramatic of oratorios. Although oratorios are not intended to be staged, Handel's Saul is something of an exception - for one thing, it contains extremely precise stage directions which were printed in the wordbooks distributed at performances. Hence audiences at the first English oratorios could construct a form of mental theatre, aided by Handel's dazzling musical depiction of the action: as we listen, we can see Goliath's gigantic strides, the course of the Jordan, or Saul throwing his javelin.

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Comment by Dissonance - October 8, 2019 (1 of 1)

What a pity Harmonia Mundi does not manufacture this SA-CD alternative anymore as it surely is much better compared to CD...