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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000KQGOCW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  1. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - AllegroEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - LarghettoEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - AllegroEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Symphony - Andante larghettoEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 1. Chorus: How excellent thy Name, O LordEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 2. Air: An Infant rais'd by thy Command - 3. Trio: Along the Monster Atheist strodeDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Ruth Holton 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 4. Chorus: The Youth inspir'd by Thee, O LordEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 5. Chorus: How excellent thy Name, O LordEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 6. Recitative: He comes - 7. Air: O Godlike Youth!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 8. Recitative: Behold, O King, the brave victorious YouthAlastair Miles and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Philip Slane0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 9. Air: O King, your Favours with Delight I take - 10. Recitative: O early Piety!Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 11. Air: What abject Thoughts a Prince can have - 12. Recitative: Yet think, on whom this Honour you bestowDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 13. Air: Birth and Fortune I despise!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 14. Recitative: Go on, illustrious Pair! - 15. Air: While yet thy Tide of Blood runs highEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Neil Mackie 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. 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!Alastair Miles and Donna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 20. Symphony - 21. Recitative: Already see - 22.Chorus: Welcome, welcome mighty King!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson and The Monteverdi Choir 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. 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!Alastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 26. Air: With Rage I shall burst his Praises to hear!Alastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 27. Recitative: Imprudent Women!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley and Lynne Dawson0:39£0.39  Buy MP3 
20. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 28. Air: Fell Rage and black Despair possessedEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 29. Recitative: This but the smallest Part of Harmony 30. Accompagnato: By thee this Universal FrameEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Neil Mackie 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 31. Recitative: Rack'd with Infernal PainsEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Philip Slane0:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
23. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 32. Air: O Lord, whose Mercies - 33. SymphonyDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. 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?Alastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 37. Air: Capricious ManDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 38. Accompagnato: O Filial Piety!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 39. Air: No, no cruel Father, noEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 40. Air: O Lord, whose Providence Ever wakes for their DefenceEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Neil Mackie and The Monteverdi Choir 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1 - 41. Chorus: Preserve him for the Glory of thy NameEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 - Act 1 [feat. Audience Applause]Audience Applause0:25£0.39  Buy MP3 


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  1. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 42. Chorus: Envy! Eldestborn of Hell!English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 43. Recitative: Ah! dearest FriendEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley0:32£0.39  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 44. Air: But sooner Jordan's Stream, I swearEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 45. Recitative: O strange Vicissitude!Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 46. Air: Such haughty BeautiesDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 47. Recitative: My Father comes - 48. Recitative: Hast thou obey'd my OrdersAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 49. Air: Sin not, o King, against the YouthEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 50. Air: As great Jehovah livesAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 51. Air: From Cities storm'd, and Battles wonEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 52. Recitative: Appear, my FriendEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley0:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 53. Air: Your Words, O King - 54. Recitative: Yes he shall wed my Daughter!Alastair Miles and Derek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 55. Recitative: A Father's WillEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson0:27£0.39  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 56. Duet: O Fairest of ten thousand Fair - 57. Chorus: Is there a ManDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson and The Monteverdi Choir 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 58. SymphonyEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 59. Recitative: Thy Father is as cruelDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner0:33£0.39  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 60. Duet: At Persecution I can laughDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 61. Recitative: Whom dost thou seek?English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson and Simon Oberst0:30£0.39  Buy MP3 
18. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 62. Air: No, no, let the Guilty trembleEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 63. Recitative: Mean as he wasDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
20. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 64. Air: Author of PeaceDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 65. SymphonyEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 66. Accompagnato: The Time at length is come - 67. Recitative: Where is the Son of JesseAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and John Mark Ainsley 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 2 - 68. Chorus: O fatal Consequence of RageEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  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?Alastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Philip Salmon 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 72. Air: Infernal SpiritsEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Philip Salmon 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 73. Accompagnato: Why hast thou forc'd me from the Realms of PeaceAlastair Miles and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Richard Savage 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 74. SymphonyEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
  5. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 75. Recitative: Whence comest thou? - 76. Air: Impious Wretch, of Race accurstDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Philip Slane 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 77. MarchEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 78. Chorus: Mourn IsraelEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 79. Air: O let it not in Gath be heardEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Neil Mackie 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 80. Air: From this unhappy DayDonna Brown and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 81. Air: Brave Jonathan his Bow ne'er drewDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 82. Chorus: Eagles were not so swift as theyEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir0:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
12. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 83. Air: In sweetest HarmonyEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 84. Solo and Chorus: O fatal DayDerek Lee Ragin and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 85. Recitative: Ye Men of Judah, weep no moreEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Neil Mackie0:27£0.39  Buy MP3 
15. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3 - 86. Chorus: Gird on thy SwordEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Handel: Saul, HWV 53 - Act 3Audience Applause0:28£0.39  Buy MP3 

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott N. on 19 Nov. 2013
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I have this wonderful set on CD and I love it! However, the flow of the downloaded MP3 version is annoyingly marred by one silly flaw. At the very end of track 16, the word "due" is totally cut/edited out from the chorus jumping straight into track 17 :-( Why has nobody noticed this? It exists elsewhere with other sellers too so honestly think before you buy - that would be my advice!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A classic recording of Saul 3 Feb. 2008
By Michael Birman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Saul was Handel's fourth English Oratorio, composed in 1738 when the composer was at the pinnacle of his operatic career with consecutive productions of Ariodante and Alcina at the new Covent Garden. Handel was increasingly aware of how the limited forms of italian opera could not provide free rein to the unfettered expression of his genius: especially after the wildly popular production of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, performed entirely in english, caused the stock of opera sung in the italian language to plummet in England. Saul premiered 16 January 1739 at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket following extensive revisions of Handel's first draft. There were just six performances during that first run and it appears to have been well received, although the original cast was not strong. Handel wrote the part of David for the famous mezzo-soprano Marchesini (though she never sang it). Instead, a man named Russell sang it, an ordinary tenor who sang the part transposed an octave lower than written. Likewise, the Witch of Endor was sung by a tenor voice, Handel following the convention of his time. The undistinguished cast hampered Saul, which closed after six performances, before being revived a further five times in London between 1740 and 1754. It was also performed in Dublin in 1742.

John Eliot Gardiner returns the part of David to a counter-tenor: Derek Lee Ragin, with tenor John Mark Ainsley singing Jonathan and soprano Lynne Dawson performing Michal. Bass Alastair Miles sings Saul. The entire cast is excellent. This is a recording made from a live performance at the Stadthalle in Gottingen Germany in June 1989. Gardiner's superb recording of Handel's Solomon was made around the same time. His conducting is lithe and swift, emphasizing pristine vocal timbres and clean, sparkling orchestral sonorities. The English Baroque Soloists play beautifully and the Monteverdi Choir sound resplendant, singing with an harmonic richness that belies their relatively small number. The original 1739 performing version of Saul is used, but includes some later additions. This is a superb recording, remastered for Philip's The Originals Legendary Recordings series. The sound is warm and intimate, with the orchestra especially clear and forward sounding. Voices are round and supple, with a nice illusion of space surrounding them. This is certainly a recording worthy of any Baroque collection. Strongly recommended.

Mike Birman
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Handel's Great "Saul" Magnificently Rendered 20 Aug. 2009
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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Today's listener is probably most familiar with Handel's works through such pieces as The Messiah, the Water Music, and the Royal Fireworks Music, but Handel actually focused the greatest part of his life composing oratorios, the Messiah being perhaps the most famous example. Much less known to today's listeners is Handel's magnificent orchestral work, including the immense Concerto Grossi opus 3 and 6 and the dimunutive Concerti a due cori, but these are true gems of composition worthy of exploration by anyone interested in Baroque music.

But back to the oratorios. Handel wrote a multitude of these while living in England ("Jeptha," "Solomon," "Judas Macabbaeus," "Israel in Egypt," etc.), and their acceptance by the British public during that time made Handel a national hero, certainly one of the most popular and well loved persons in Britain at the time. A sampling of these oratorios, though written in a manner to which our modern music tuned ears are not accustomed, quickly explains why Handel achieved such notoriety: these works exhibit immense beauty, powerfully emotive sound, and often sublime pathos. It's not hard to understand why Beethoven himself regarded Handel as the greatest composer with whom he was acquainted, lavishing him with the ultimate compliment that Handel could take a small handful of instruments and turn them into something that appeared much larger and complex.

Handel's "Saul" is perhaps far less explored than the most popular of his oratorios, but it is a worthy exploration. For anyone not familiar with the story, the libretto covers King Saul's interactions with David as David emerges as a well loved figure in the kingdom, and when the story is understood, we can sit back and watch Handel take the theme and weave it into a musical masterpiece. And this he surely does, and we are easily convinced of this before the work is half finished, being treated early on in the work to blasts of praise, shows of anger and jealously, exultations of triumph, and quiet expressions of sorrow and unease. How can Handel handle this in so short a time period? It seems impossible, but he pulls it off, and the story continues to become more enriched and complicated as we move through the work.

This particular recording of the Saul by Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir certainly ranks among the best of the various available recordings. As with nearly all Gardiner productions, the sound is superb, with outstanding performance by both the choir and orchestra, all excellently captured with state of the art recording equipment (in the 1970's, all in analogue, but expertly converted to digital). There is no harshness in the sound, and the sonics are simply outstanding, both with solo and group movements. It's hard to find any area of the recording or the performance to complain about.

I can easily recommend this recording to any Handel, Baroque, or classical enthusiast. I have greatly enjoyed the work, and there are pieces within the work that stand out as simply superb examples of musical composition, the diamonds amongst the gold of the work. Philips has reissued this recording (along with many of Gardiner's other works), making the cost much more affordable than ever before. This is a five star performance and a five star recording. Highly recommended.

Other Gardiner Recordings of Handel's Oratorios:
- Handel - Solomon / Watkinson, Argenta, Hendricks, Rolfe Johnson, EBS, Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner
- Händel: Messiah
- Händel: Israel in Egypt, etc / John Eliot Gardiner
- Händel: Alexander's Feast
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fine recording of a great work 5 Jan. 2014
By Dr. J. J. Kregarman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Saul is an excellent Handel oratorio with high drama and excellent music. It's easy to listen to again and again. This is a fine recording, and at its low price worthy of any and all's attention. It did not disappoint. Text and fine notes included.
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