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COR16103 Saul

George Frideric Handel

Three-CD set

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. He gifted singers with roles of vivid characterisation and the soloists 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. Robert Murray, Elizabeth Atherton and Joélle Harvey along with The Sixteen regulars, Mark Dobell, Jeremy Budd and Stuart Young, complete the stellar line-up of soloists on this new recording.

"Christopher Purves charms, broods, fumes implacably, plots villainously and confronts his doom vividly in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedian." Gramophone (Recording of the month)

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


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Soloists


Saul
Christopher Purves (bass)

David
Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

Jonathan
Robert Murray (tenor)

Merab
Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Michal
Joélle Harvey (soprano)

High Priest
Mark Dobell (tenor)

Witch of Endor
Jeremy Budd (tenor)

Ghost of Samuel
Stuart Young (bass)

Abner
Eamonn Dougan (baritone)

Doeg
Ben Davies (bass)

Amalekite
Tom Raskin (tenor)

Playing Times


CD1 (Act I) -1:13:36
CD2 (Act II) - 48:19
CD3 (Act III) - 40:44

Total Playing Time: 2:42:39