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Handel: Saul /Scholl · Davies · Gritton · Argenta · Padmore · Gabrieli Consort & Players · McCreesh [Box set]

Andreas Scholl, Gabrieli Consort & Players Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000SWNHU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - AllegroPaul McCreesh 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - LarghettoPaul McCreesh 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - Organo ad libitumTimothy Roberts 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - AllegroPaul McCreesh 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - Andante larghettoPaul McCreesh 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 1. Chorus: How excellent thy Name, O LordPaul McCreesh 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 2. Air: An Infant rais'd by thy Command - 3. Trio: Along the Monster Atheist strodePaul McCreesh 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 4. Chorus: The Youth inspir'd by Thee, O LordPaul McCreesh 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 5. Chorus: How excellent thy Name, O LordPaul McCreesh 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 6. Recitative: He comes - 7. Air: O Godlike Youth!Paul McCreesh 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 8. Recitative: Behold, O King, the brave victorious YouthPaul McCreesh0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 9. Air: O King, your Favours with Delight I take - 10. Recitative: O early Piety!Paul McCreesh 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 11. Air: What abject Thoughts a Prince can have - 12. Recitative: Yet think, on whom this Honour you bestowSusan Gritton 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 13. Air: Birth and Fortune I despise!Paul McCreesh 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 14. Recitative: Go on, illustrious Pair! - 15. Air: While yet thy Tide of Blood runs highPaul McCreesh 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 16. Recitative: Thou, Merab, first in Birth - 17. Air: My Soul rejects the Thought - 18. Air: See, see with what a scornful Air - 19. Air: Ah! Lovely Youth!Susan Gritton 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 20. Symphony - 21. Recitative: Already see - 22.Chorus: Welcome, welcome mighty King!Paul McCreesh 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 23. Accompagnato: What do I hear? - 24. Chorus: David his Ten Thousands slew - 25. Accompagnato: To him Ten thousands!Paul McCreesh 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 26. Air: With Rage I shall burst his Praises to hear!Paul McCreesh 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 27. Recitative: Imprudent Women!Paul McCreesh0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 28. Air: Fell Rage and black Despair possessedPaul McCreesh 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 29. Recitative: This but the smallest Part of Harmony 30. Accompagnato: By thee this Universal FramePaul McCreesh 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 31. Recitative: Rack's with Infernal PainsPaul McCreesh0:15£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 32. Air: O Lord, whose Mercies - 33. SymphonyPaul McCreesh 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 34: Recitative: 'Tis all in vain - 35. Air: A Serpent in my Bosom warm'd - 36. Recitative: Has he escaped my Rage?Paul McCreesh 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 37. Air: Capricious ManSusan Gritton 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 38. Accompagnato: O Filial Piety!Paul McCreesh 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 39. Air: No, no cruel Father, noPaul McCreesh 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 40. Air: O Lord, whose Providence Ever wakes for their DefencePaul McCreesh 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 41. Chorus: Preserve him for the Glory of thy NamePaul McCreesh 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 42. Chorus: Envy! Eldestborn of Hell!Paul McCreesh 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 43. Recitative: Ah! dearest FriendPaul McCreesh0:40£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 44. Air: But sooner Jordan's Stream, I swearPaul McCreesh 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 45. Recitative: O strange Vicissitude!Paul McCreesh0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 46. Air: Such haughty BeautiesPaul McCreesh 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 47. Recitative: My Father comes - 48. Recitative: Hast thou obey'd my OrdersPaul McCreesh0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 49. Air: Sin not, o King, against the YouthPaul McCreesh 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 50. Air: As great Jehovah livesPaul McCreesh 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 51. Air: From Cities storm'd, and Battles wonPaul McCreesh 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 52. Recitative: Appear, my FriendPaul McCreesh0:29£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 53. Air: Your Words, O King - 54. Recitative: Yes he shall wed my Daughter!Paul McCreesh 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 55. Recitative: A Father's WillPaul McCreesh0:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 56. Duet: O Fairest of ten thousand Fair - 57. Chorus: Is there a ManPaul McCreesh 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 58. SymphonyPaul McCreesh 6:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 59. Recitative: Thy Father is as cruelPaul McCreesh0:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 60. Duet: At Persecution I can laughPaul McCreesh 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 61. Recitative: Whom dost thou seek?Julian Clarkson0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 62. Air: No, no, let the Guilty tremblePaul McCreesh 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 63. Recitative: Mean as he wasSusan Gritton0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 64. Air: Author of PeaceSusan Gritton 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 65. SymphonyTimothy Roberts 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 66. Accompagnato: The Time at length is come - 67. Recitative: Where is the Son of JessePaul McCreesh 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 68. Chorus: O fatal Consequence of RagePaul McCreesh 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 69. Accompagnato: Wretch that I am - 70. Accompagnato: 'Tis said, here lives a Woman - 71. Recitative: With me what would'st thou?Paul McCreesh 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 72. Air: Infernal SpiritsPaul McCreesh 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 73. Accompagnato: Why hast thou forc'd me from the Realms of PeacePaul McCreesh 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 74. SymphonyPaul McCreesh0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 75. Recitative: Whence comest thou? - 76. Air: Impious Wretch, of Race accurstAngus Smith 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 77. MarchPaul McCreesh 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 78. Chorus: Mourn IsraelPaul McCreesh 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 79. Air: O let it not in Gath be heardPaul McCreesh 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 80. Air: From this unhappy DaySusan Gritton 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 81. Air: Brave Jonathan his Bow ne'er drewPaul McCreesh0:29£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 82. Chorus: Eagles were not so swift as theyPaul McCreesh0:26£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 83. Air: In sweetest HarmonyPaul McCreesh 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 84. Solo and Chorus: O fatal DayPaul McCreesh 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 85. Recitative: Ye Men of Judah, weep no morePaul McCreesh0:30£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 86. Chorus: Gird on thy SwordPaul McCreesh 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Saul is one of Handel's most dramatic and touching oratorios. Saul's insane jealousy and its tragic results are movingly told, with rich characterisations for the main characters and some of the composer's most colourful music. The addition of a carillon is exotic and flavourful; the trumpets and drums are exciting. McCreesh underlines the drama with his orchestra's crisp attacks and the chorus has real personality, whether in the songs of praise or the laments. Neil Davies's rich bass is remarkably expressive and fluid as Saul, while countertenor Andreas Scholl is triumphant as David; his tone is rich and full, capable of expressing anger, grief, loyalty. Mark Padmore uses his lovely, pliant tenor with warmth as Jonathan, and Susan Gritton's Merab is stunning. The rest of the cast is as emotionally involved as they are musically, which is to say, magnificently. John Eliot Gardiner's recording on Philips is excellent too, but this one beats it by a slim margin. --Robert Levine, Amazon.com

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Saul? I think so, yes. 13 Mar 2004
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The singing is extraordinary, and practically every syllable audible. That should be a sine qua non but you don’t always get it. Ten from me for the the Archiv recording engineers, for dramatic balance as well as audibility.
- Neal Davies (Saul) has to get an Oscar or something. Imposing and involving from the first notes, but the scene at Endor in particular is unforgettable: the action is almost 3D. His dramatic range is enormous, and it would take some singer to out-sing this Saul.
- David: Andreas Scholl's most mature dramatic singing (on a recording) to date. Magnificent throughout but he surpasses himself in "O Lord whose mercies" and "O Jonathan/O Fatal Day". The best recits I have heard from him yet, too. As one critic already said, 'a David to die for'.
- Susan Gritton (Merab): another star with a huge dramatic range which she deploys to portray Merab's change of heart. Great characterisation and her usual first rate singing. A bit much vibrato for me, late in the action (only at one point), but very rewarding. A real cat, though properly and convincingly imperious (you can almost see her point) in the early scenes and sweet and mournful at the end.
- Michal (Nancy Argenta) audibly grows up during the drama. From sounding like a 16 year old making googoo eyes at the hero, she turns into a feisty woman. Argenta's experience adds a great deal to this recording. Deborah York was down to sing Michal but she was ill. Lucky for us Argenta was available :-)
- Mark Padmore's (Jonathan’s) recits *alone* are worth the price of the set - and he's not normally my favourite dramatic tenor by any means. Much deeper characterisation than in the live performances of a year or two back. He sounds utterly distraught at Saul's insanity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 22 Mar 2009
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I am relatively new to Handel's oratorios, having long resisted their - as it now seems - manifest claims on my affections. I suppose one first turns to them superficially expecting another Messiah and is (superficially) disappointed. If you listen intently the magic comes through but - and perhaps this is a very personal confession - they don't grip you as dramas at first. It is only when you concentrate that the music reveals itself as truly memorable.

But then something magical happens - you just can't stop listening and if you do stop you just want to find another Handel oratorio to listen to instead. You become an addict - there ought to be a helpline number on the box. The sheer range and variety in each of these works is awe inspiring and so many of the songs and choruses emerge as deeply memorable. Perhaps this is why they sink in slowly - the sheer variety confounds the brain. Handel's importance as a composer has risen inestimably in my estimation since I first became an addict.

As for this performance: it is clear that I cannot compare it with others but it does seem exceptionally fine to me. Andreas Scholl, of course, has a wonderful voice and beguiling musicianship. Davies, Padmore, Argenta and Gritton are also among my absolute favourite singers for this repertoire - and all are in very fine voice here. The variety of voices - each with it's own character - is important, I suspect. The playing and the choruses are clear and lightly sprung and dramatic. And, despite my comments above about variety and range, I do assure you that the performance is coherent and deeply satisfying as a whole.

I do urge you to hear this set.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major new addition to the Handel discography 18 Mar 2004
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I would have to agree with the first reviewer that McCreesh's Saul has to be the definitive recording, if anything can be said to be definitive. The characterisations in oratorio can be difficult to pull off, particularly if there is not a lot of recitative; everything therefore has to be put into the arias, many of which are not da capo, and offer limited scope for interpretation (only in comparison to his operas of course)
For me, the highlight of the 3 competitively-priced discs has to be the scene where Saul confronts the Witch of Endor, and then Samuel the prophet is brought forward. The scene is spine-tingling and utterly believable. Of course, the lovely singing of Andreas Scholl is a contributing factor to giving this recording 5*, but to pick him out when there is so much good singing evident would to be invidious.
Previous recordings by John Eliot Gardiner (Philips) with Derek Lee Ragin as David, by Charles Mackerras (DG Archiv) which is no longer available and which had James Bowman as David, or Budday's recent recording with Michael Chance as David, all have something special about them. However, each of these recordings had flaws (live,incomplete etc), whereas McCreesh's just seems 'right'.
Even if you are not a baroque buff, this Saul should whet your appetite to explore the work of a great dramatic genius in Handel; if you like good singing, there is enough to sate the most hungry of listeners. I would give it more than 5* if possible !
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