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G.F. Handel: Saul, oratorio / RIAS Chamber Choir; Concerto Köln; René Jacobs

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The hmHeritage series offers a new lease on life to the major productions that have established the reputation of the harmonia mundi catalogue: operas, oratorios, extensive cycles, and large-scale projects of every kind are presented in full to ensure this precious legacy remains available. 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (11/2004).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 129 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738