Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul

Georg Friedrich Händel

Saul

Oratorio

HWV 53, 1739

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Saul, published for the first time in the version conducted by Handel himself. Saul is one of the most dramatic of Handel's oratorios. To a greater extent than almost any other oratorio it reveals with its gripping dramatic power its proximity to opera of its time. The score demands what was at the time Handel’s most varied orchestra. The normal opera orchestra of the day was augmented by trombones, harp, solo organ, carillon (Glockenspiel) and large kettledrums. The choir functions for the first time as a central participant in dramatic action, while also undertaking commentating functions as in a Greek tragedy. This new edition makes use for the first time of musical material revealed by the latest Handel research, based as its most important source on the conducting score from which Handel himself directed his performances. Only this research has shown which arias, choruses, recitatives and instrumental pieces, after he had made numerous corrections in his autograph, Handel chose for his performances, and in what order they were given. The result has produced, apart from many changes of details (e.g. autograph instructions concerning the use of the organ), uncommon ordering of individual pieces, and passages with altered notes.

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Symphony Chorus: How excellent thy... Air (Soprano): An Infant... Trio: Along the monster... Chorus: The Youth inspir’d Chorus: How excellent Recit. (Michal): He... Recit. (Abner, Saul,... Air (David): O King, your... Recit. (Jonathan): O... Air (Merab): What abject... Recit. (Merab): Yet think Air (Jonathan): Birth and... Recit. (High Priest): Go... Air (High Priest): While... Recit. (Saul): Thou,... Air (Merab): My soul... Air (Michal): See with... Air (Michal): Ah! lovely... Symphony Recit. (Michal): Already see Chorus: Welcome, welcome,... Accompagnato (Saul): What... Chorus: David his ten... Accompagnato (Saul): To... Air (Saul): With rage I... Recit. (Jonathan,... Air (Michal): Fell rage... Recit. (High Priest):... Accompagnato (High... Recit. (Abner): Rack’d... Air (David): O Lord,... Symphony Recit. (Jonathan): ’Tis... Air (Saul): A serpent in... Recit. (Saul): Has he... Air (Merab): Capricious man Accompagnato (Jonathan):... Air (Jonathan): No, cruel... Air (High Priest): O... Chorus: Preserve him for...
Chorus: Envy! eldest born... Recit. (Jonathan): Ah!... Air (Jonathan): But... Recit. (David, Jonathan):... Air (David): Such haughty... Recit. (Jonathan): My... Recit. (Saul, Jonathan):... Air (Jonathan): Sin not,... Air (Saul): As great... Air (Jonathan): From... Recit. (Jonathan, Saul):... Air (David): Your words,... Recit. (Saul): Yes, he... Recit. (Michal): A... Duet (Michal, David): O... Chorus: Is there a man,... Symphony Recit. (David): Thy... Duet (David, Michal): At... Recit. (Michal, Doëg):... Air (Michal): No, no; let... Recit. (Merab): Mean as... Air (Merab): Author of peace Symphony Accompagnato (Saul): The... Recit. (Saul, Jonathan):... Chorus: O fatal...
Accompagnato (Saul):... Recit. and Accompagnato... Recit. (Witch, Saul):... Air (Witch): Infernal... Accompagnato (Samuel,... Symphony Recit. (David,... Air (David): Impious wretch Dead March Chorus: Mourn, Israel Air (High Priest): O let... Air (Merab): From this... Air (David): Brave... Chorus: Eagles were not... Air (Michal): In sweetest... Solo (David) and Chorus:... Recit. (High Priest): Ye... Chorus: Gird on thy sword

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Product information

Editor

Felix Loy Personal details

Composer

Georg Friedrich Händel Personal details

Reviews

...der Kritische Bericht knapp gefasst am Ende des Hauptbandes erscheint. So sind auch bei unübersichtlicher Quellenlage alle Entscheidungen der Herausgeber schnell und unkompliziert nachvollziehbar...

Gottesdienst und Kirchenmusik 2.2015

 

Mit der vorliegenden Neuedition ist zum ersten Mal überhaupt Notenmaterial verfügbar, das... die Dirigierpartitur, aus der Händel selbst seine Aufführungen leitete, als wichtigste Quelle berücksichtigt.

Baden vokal 01/2015

 

... Die vorliegende Neuausgabe basiert daher auf der Direktionspartitur, bezieht das Autograph aber als zweite Hauptquelle mit ein, da sie in einigen Fällen im Detail präzisere bzw. musikalisch sinnvollere Lesarten sowie zusätzliche Informationen enthält.
Toccata, September/Oktober 2014

As ever with Carus, the score is immaculately presented, clear, and authoritative.
Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ, September/Oktober 2014

Die Berücksichtigung dieser unschätzbaren Quelle [Anmerkung: der Direktionspartitur] brachte interessante und bedeutende Erkenntnisse hinsichtlich der Aufführungspraxis (z. B. Gebrauch der Orgel) und der Auswahl bzw. Abfolge der einzelnen Arien, Rezitative, Chöre und Instrumentalstücke des Werks mit sich.
singende kirche, 3/2014

Das Novum dieser Neuedition besteht darin, dass erstmals die originale Dirigierpartitur Händels als wichtigste Quelle berücksichtigt wird.
Gustav Danzinger, CHOR aktuell, 3/2014

Mit der vorliegenden Edition von Felix Loy ist nun Notenmaterial verfügbar, das die jüngsten Forschungen zu diesem dramatischsten aller Händel-Oratorien für die Aufführungspraxis verwertbar macht.
CONCERTO, das Magazin für alte Musik, Mai/Juni 2014