George Frideric Handel: Saul

Georg Friedrich Händel

Saul

Oratorio

HWV 53, 1739

Description

Saul is one of Handel’s most dramatic oratorios. As in almost no other of his oratorios, with its exciting drama, this work comes close in style to the opera of his time. Handel avails himself of a broad scale of expressive characterizations in music, which convey in superb manner both the unpredictability of Saul, as well as the virtuousness of David. Initially the choir functions as the central element in a dramatic plot, but also assumes the role of providing commentary, as in a Greek tragedy. The score demands the most colorful orchestra which, up to that time, had been employed by Handel: In addition to normal orchestra forces, trombones, harp, organ, glockenspiel, as well as timpani are used. As part of the Handel series Carus present another recording made in the Dresden Frauenkirche. It features outstanding soloists, the Dresdner Kammerchor and the Dresdner Barockorchester, under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann.

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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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Conductor

Hans-Christoph Rademann Personal details

Soloist - soprano

Ditte Andersen Personal details
Anna Prohaska Personal details

Soloist - alto

Tim Mead Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Eric Stokloßa Personal details
Clemens Heidrich Personal details

Soloist - bass

Maximilian Schmitt Personal details
Yorck Felix Speer Personal details

orchestra

Dresdner Barockorchester Personal details

choir

Dresdner Kammerchor Personal details

Composer

Georg Friedrich Händel Personal details

Reviews

[...] Mit hervorragenden Solisten haben der Dresdner Kammerchor und das Dresdner Barockorchester unter Hans-Christoph Rademann Georg Friedrich Händels dramatisches Oratorium "Saul" eingespielt. [...]

Morgenpost am Sonntag, 11.1.2009

 

[...] Ohnehin ist die Art und Weise, in der Carus einige substanzielle Beiträge zum Händel-Jahr leisten will, recht sympathisch: Die Aufnahmen werden sorgfältig, detailgenau und mit erkennbarem Profil, aber nicht großspurig und marktschreierisch produziert. [...]

Matthias Hengelbrock
Fono Forum, 05/09

 

[...] Ein abwechslungsreiches, facettenreiches Oratorium mit dem Potenzial zu einem wirkungsvollen Bühnenstück. [...]

Musica Sacra, Heft 5/2009