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)
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...