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Handel - Saul

Lawrence Zazzo , Henry Waddington , George Frideric Handel , René Jacobs , Concerto Köln , et al. Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Saul, HWV 53: SymphonyConcerto Köln and René Jacobs 8:00Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene I: Chorus "How Excellent Thy Name, O Lord"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 2:37Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene I: Air "An Infant Raised by Thy Command" - Trio "Along the Monster Atheist Strode"Concerto Köln, Finnur Bjarnason, René Jacobs, Jeremy Ovenden, Rosemary Joshua, Lawrence Zazzo, Emma Bell, Gidon Saks, Rias Kammerchor And Michael Slattery 2:08Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene I: "The Youth Inspired by Thee, O Lord" - Chorus "How Excellent Thy Name, O Lord"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Finnur Bjarnason, Jeremy Ovenden, Emma Bell, Lawrence Zazzo, Rosemary Joshua, Rias Kammerchor, Michael Slattery And René Jacobs 3:55Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: "He Comes, He Comes!" - Air "O God-like Youth!" - Behold, O King, the Brave, Victorious YouthConcerto Köln, Gidon Saks, René Jacobs, Finnur Bjarnason, Lawrence Zazzo, Rosemary Joshua And Rias Kammerchor 3:38Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: Air "O King, Your Favours With Delight" - "Oh Early Piety!"Concerto Köln, Lawrence Zazzo, René Jacobs, Jeremy Ovenden And Rias Kammerchor 5:21Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: Air "What Abject Thoughts a Prince Can Have!" - "Yet Think, On Whom This Honour You Bestow"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Emma Bell And Rias Kammerchor 2:13Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: Air "Birth and Fortune I Despise!"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs And Jeremy Ovenden 4:56Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: "Go On, Illustrious Pair!" - Air "While Yet Thy Tide of Blood Runs High"Concerto Köln, Michael Slattery, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 2:45Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: "Thou, Merab, First In Birth, First In Honour" - Air "My Soul Rejects the Thought With Scorn" / 18. Air "See, With What a Scornful Air" / 19. Air "Ah, Lovely Youth, WastConcerto Köln, Rosemary Joshua, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor, Emma Bell And Gidon Saks 3:19Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene II: "Symphony" - "Already See the Daughters of the Land" / Scene III. 22. Chorus "Welcome, Welcome, Mighty King!"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rosemary Joshua And Rias Kammerchor 2:47Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene III: "What Do I Hear?" - Chorus "David His Ten Thousands Slew" / 25. "To Him Ten Thousands" / 26. Air "With Rage I Shall Start Burst His Praises to Hear"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor And Gidon Saks 2:17Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene IV: "Imprudent Women!" - Air "Fell Rage and Black Despair Possessed"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor, Jeremy Ovenden And Rosemary Joshua 2:58Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene IV: "This But the Smallest Part of Harmony" - "By Thee This Universal Frame"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, Michael Slattery And René Jacobs 2:47Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene V: "Racked With Infernal Pains" - Air "O Lord, Whose Mercies Numberless"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Finnur Bjarnason, Rias Kammerchor And Lawrence Zazzo 3:51Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene V: Symphony - "Tis All in Vain, His Fury Still Continues"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor And Jeremy Ovenden 2:14Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene V: Air "A Serpent, In My Bosom Warmed" - "Has He Escaped My Rage?"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 2:22Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene V: Air "Capricious Man"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs And Emma Bell 3:38Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene VI: "O Filial Pity!" - Air "No, Cruel Father, No!"Concerto Köln, Jeremy Ovenden, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 3:00Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene VI: Air "O Lord, Whose Providence" - Chorus "Preserve Him for the Glory of Thy Name"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Michael Slattery And Rias Kammerchor 3:37Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Scene I: Chorus "Envy! Eldest Born of Hell!"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 2:47Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Scene II: "Ah! Dearest Friend" Air "But Sooner Jordan's Stream, I Swear"Concerto Köln, Jeremy Ovenden, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 2:36Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Scene II: "Oh Strange Vicissitude!" - Air "Such Haughty Beauties Rather Move"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, Lawrence Zazzo, René Jacobs And Jeremy Ovenden 5:07Ł0.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Scene II: "My Father Comes" - Scene III. "Hast Thou Obeyed My Orders"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Jeremy Ovenden, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor0:42Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene III. 49. Air "Sin Not, O King, Against the Youth" / 50. Air "As Great Jehovah Lives" / 51. Air "From Cities Stormed, and Battles Won"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Jeremy Ovenden, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 4:54Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene IV. 52. "Appear, My Friend" / 53. Air "Your Words, O King, My Loyal Heart" / 54. "Yes, He Shall Wed My Daughter!"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Gidon Saks, Lawrence Zazzo, Rias Kammerchor And Jeremy Ovenden 1:49Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene V. 55. "A Father's Will Has Authorised My Love" / 56. Duet "O Fairest of Ten Thousand Fair" / 57. Chorus "Is There a Man"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor, Lawrence Zazzo And Rosemary Joshua 4:18Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene V. 58. SymphonyConcerto Köln and René Jacobs 4:35Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene VI. 59. "Thy Father Is As Cruel" / 60. Duet "At Persecution I Can Laugh"Concerto Köln, Lawrence Zazzo, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor And Rosemary Joshua 1:37Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene VII. 61. "Whom Dost Thou Seek" / 62. Air "No, No Let the Guilty Tremble"Concerto Köln, Rosemary Joshua, Henry Waddington, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 2:14Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Saul, Hwv 53: Act II. Scene VIII. 63. "Mean As He Was, He Is My Brother Now" / 64. Air "Author Of Peace, Who Canst Controul"Concerto Köln, Emma Bell, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 3:32Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene IX. 65. SymphonyConcerto Köln and René Jacobs 1:06Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene IX. 66. "The Time At Length Is Come" / Scene X. 67. "Where Is the Son of Jesse?"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Rias Kammerchor, Jeremy Ovenden And René Jacobs 1:29Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Saul, HWV 53: Act II. Scene X. 68. Chorus "Oh Fatal Consequence of Rage"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 4:46Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene I. 69. "Wretch That I Am" / 70. "Tis Said, Here Lives a Woman"Concerto Köln, Gidon Saks, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 3:15Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene II. 71. "With Me What Would'st Thou" / 72. Air "Infernal Spirits"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Gidon Saks, Rias Kammerchor And Michael Slattery 2:50Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene III. 73. "Why Hast Thou Forced Me from the Reals of Peace"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Rias Kammerchor, Gidon Saks And Henry Waddington 2:42Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene III. 74. SymphonyConcerto Köln and René Jacobs0:33Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene IV. 75. "Whence Comest Thou?" / 76. Air "Impious Wretch, of Race Accurst!"Concerto Köln, Lawrence Zazzo, Finnur Bjarnason, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 2:52Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene IV. 77. MarchConcerto Köln and René Jacobs 3:03Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene V. 78. Chorus "Mourn, Israel"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs And Rias Kammerchor 3:27Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene V. 79. Air "Oh Let It Not In Gath Be Heard"Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Finnur Bjarnason And Rias Kammerchor 2:07Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene V. 80. Air "From This Unhappy Day"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs And Emma Bell 2:39Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Saul: Act III, scene 5. N°81. Aria David: "Brave Jonathan his bow never drew" - N°82. Chorus: "Eagles were not so swift as they"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs And Lawrence Zazzo 2:13Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene V. 83. Air "In Sweetest Harmony They Lived!" / 84. "O Fatal Day!" / 85. "Ye Men of Judah, Weep No More!"Concerto Köln, Lawrence Zazzo, René Jacobs, Rosemary Joshua, Rias Kammerchor And Finnur Bjarnason 9:06Ł0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Saul, HWV 53: Act III. Scene V. 86. Chorus "Gird On Thy Sword, Thou Man of Might"Concerto Köln, Rias Kammerchor And René Jacobs 5:01Ł0.69  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "When David with celestial fire..." 16 Oct 2005
By Dr. Peter J. Glidden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Struck the sweet persuasive lyre:/Soft gliding down his ravished ears,/The healing sounds dispel his cares" (Saul, IV).

When I first learned of this recording under Jacob's baton I was elated, if a tad annoyed at the promise of yet another superlative Saul (I own 5) while so many others (Susanah!!!) by Handel get short shrift. But no matter, I can wait...

This recording is great on many, many levels. The singing and playing are consistently and wonderfully dramatic, showing real knowledge of and attention to meaning and nuance in the score. Unlike so often in the past with baroque vocal music, the cast is flawless, as it should be: why in God's name use a third-rater countertenor, shrill soprano, nasal tenor, or chunky-sounding female alto when so many great singers are out there? Jacobs stands on the side of righteousness here. I would single out Rosemary Joshua (Michal), Lawrence Zazzo (David) and Jeremy Ovenden (Jonathan) for sheer beauty of tone, and Emma Bell (Merab)and Gidon Saks (Saul) for dramatic singing, exactly as their roles are conceived, showing Jacob's great instincts.

Lastly, and this is no small matter for the baroque opera/oratorio addict, this complete recording is on 2 disks (instead of the customary 3), nicely reducing the price. Let's hope this becomes the trend.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saul: Handel's Oratorio Becomes Dramatic Opera 3 April 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though there are thankfully several very fine recordings of 'Saul', one of Handel's most successful 'operatic oratorios', this new release with René Jacobs conducting the Concerto Köln and RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin is by far the most intense and dramatic of the competition. Jacobs' style meshes perfectly with the Handel score and his tasteful embellishments for once enhance the drama rather than just stealing focus as brilliant playing. And his understanding of the choral music, which is so central to this work, is as fine as we are likely to hear.

The cast for this 'Saul' is uniformly excellent. While there are literally no 'big names' here, the ensemble cast is well chosen down to the smallest role. Jacob's draws flawless and seamless performances from Jeremy Ovenden (Jonathan), Lawrence Zazzo (David), Rosemary Joshua (Michal), Emma Bell (Merab), and Gidon Saks (Saul) - rightly in command of the atmospheric performance. But the smaller roles are equally well cast, especially young Michael Slattery who is rapidly gaining the attention of the major conductors in his work in opera ('Bastien and Bastienne', The Tristan Project - the Esa-Pekka Salonen/Peter Sellars/Bill Viola triumphant version of 'Tristan und Isolde', along with concert versions of Glass' 'Akhnaten' with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mozart Requiem with the same forces, etc), Finnur Bjarnason, and Henry Waddington. It is refreshing to have the luxury of such fine singing!

For the power of drama that Handel's work holds, this is the recording of choice. It is successful on every level. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 06
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Me, Jacobs Delivers 3 Feb 2008
By M. C. Passarella - Published on Amazon.com
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The key here is quite simple. As one of the other reviewers on this page has said, Saul is one of Handel's "operatic" oratorios. Who best to present same than Rene Jacobs? M. Jacobs has been criticized for an overly dramatic approach to choral music at the same time he has been soundly praised for the same quality. So it is up to you to decide. Unlike some of the other astute reviewers on this page, I have only a very old recording to compare Jacobs's performance to, and that comparison happens only in my head, since I no longer own the LP recording of that performance. In any event, the comparison would be invidious to say the least. What I hear in Jacobs' recording is a commitment to the score and more importantly, a commitment to the period that created this very great music.

As with most performances by this conductor, the drama is palpable. Go to the scene with the Witch of Endor for confirmation. The engineers at Harmonia Mundi, by the way, are very tasteful here, producing the de rigeur echo effects with eerie subtlety.

You want top-name performers? I'm sure you can find them elsewhere, but you won't find more committed or assured performances than are right here, on these two CDs.

Final enticement? Two CDs as opposed to three. So that's the package: a magisterial performance, fine performing forces top to bottom, and economy. Plus sound that is very fine: powerful, up front in the manner we expect from a production involving Rene Jacobs, but nonetheless realistic, with enough air to make the presentation easy on the ears. This is a model recording, in my opinion.

As to the music: It is not, I think, the equal of Handel's later Solomon, but it contains absolutely deathless music nonetheless and is in its entirety a masterpiece. Where to go for confirmation of its greatness? Maybe the famous Carillon Chorus (No. 23) or one of the big, martial choruses scattered throughout the score. Or, if you rightly think this is a psychological study of Saul, go to any of his tortured recitatives or arias after the ascendancy of David. All are astounding. For me, the great, tear-inducing number is No. 84, the chorus that laments the death of Jonathan. If you want to know why Handel is one of the two or three greatest composers that ever lived, here is Exhibit A (at least from Saul), dear friends.

So that's my take. I haven't heard many rival recordings, but knowing Handel, I think Jacobs turns in a very viable, and scintillatingly vital, performance of the score.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy not wrought to its uttermost 16 Jan 2012
By Arthur Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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Others have pointed out the many merits of this performance, so there is no need for me to repeat them. But despite all those good things, this performance misses something of the weight of tragedy that Handel clearly intended in this work. If, for example, one compares the great Funeral March in McCreesh's recording with the performance here, Jacobs gives the impression of 'Not knowing what unearthly stuff Rounds a mighty scene' (to quote Yeats again). Jacobs is not quite perfunctory, but he hurries along without suggesting much of the grief, solemnity and gravity of this climax to the tragedy. And in the music that follows, the same lack is apparent. Of course this is a personal response, no less than anyone else's, and therefore possibly idiosyncratic, and I intend no disrespect either to Jacobs and his team, or to other reviewers here. All the same, I would encourage anyone considering this recording, and enticed by its lower cost, first to listen to McCreesh's version. Or McKerras's old one, even. Tragedy needs to have an impact.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O Lord, whose mercies numberless... 26 Sep 2009
By Anna Shlimovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many already commented on the excellence of this Saul; I can only add that the air by David, sung by Lawrence Zazzo, is absolutely incomparable. It is track #15, and strangely enough, is not listed for listening here...
One can only imagine how an equivalent of Farinelli, maybe Senesino, would sing it in a theater to a stunned audience, brought to total silence by this divine music.

Handel is a genius of all times...
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