Handel, G F - Saul - Sixteen (The)

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"Sarah Connolly's "O Lord, whose mercies numberless" is as quietly rapturous as anyone other than the enraged Saul could desire."..."Christopher Purves charms, broods, fumes implacably, plots villainously and confronts his doom vividly in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedian."..."The Sixteen's first-class account of Saul is magnificent in every way"

Christopher Purves - Saul
Sarah Connolly - David
Robert Murray - Jonathan
Elizabeth Atherton - Merab
Joélle Harvey - Michal
Mark Dobell - High Priest
Jeremy Budd - Witch of Endor
Stuart Young - Ghost of Samuel
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

This brand new recording of Handel's monumental oratorio, Saul, features a stellar cast of soloists including Christopher Purves and Sarah Connolly.

Renowned for their Handel interpretations, Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen, add to their glittering catalogue of Handel discs with this new recording of Saul.

In his biblical oratorio, Saul, Handel wrote an epic work of great and noble drama and of thrilling musical inventiveness. Saul represents Handel's first proper foray into oratorio and it is a masterpiece full of great and magical moments. It is bursting with exceptional music, extraordinary orchestration (replete with trombones, deep-sounding drum and perky carillon), extended choruses both profound and ebullient, symphonies, concerto movements for organ, recitatives which explore the varying moods of the characters, and the most stunning arias.

In Saul Handel gifted soloists with roles of vivid characterisation and the artists on this disc are some of the finest Handelian interpreters of today including Christopher Purves - a baritone whose talent for dramatic realisation is matched by superb musical craftsmanship - and Sarah Connolly - whose intensely radiant performance of David on this CD confirms her status as one of our most sought-after Handel performers.

Both Christopher and Sarah sang with The Sixteen at the start of their careers, and Sarah released her first solo album Heroes and Heroines on CORO, and so it is with great pride that we welcome them back for this recording. Robert Murray, Elizabeth Atherton and Joélle Harvey along with Sixteen regulars, Mark Dobell, Jeremy Budd and Stuart Young, complete the stellar line-up of soloists on this new recording.

Artikelnummer COR16103
Streckkod 0828021610325
Utgivningsdatum 2012-09-26
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Coro
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Artister Sixteen (The)
Dirigenter Christophers, Harry
Kompositörer Handel, G F
Disk: 1
1 Saul
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