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Handel: Saul. Album by The Sixteen

Handel: Saul. Album by The Sixteen

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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 bass Saul 
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano 
Robert Murray tenor
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Joélle Harvey soprano
Mark Dobell tenor
High Priest 
Jeremy Budd tenor
Witch of Endor 
Stuart Young bass
Ghost of Samuel 
Eamonn Dougan baritone
Ben Davies
 bass Doeg 
Tom Raskin tenor
The Sixteen 

Harry Christophers


'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

'Harry Christophers doesn't disappoint with this three-CD set, showing off a fabulous array of vocal talent in the cast'  The Times ★★★★ 

'If Christophers's chorus is second to none, it is his soloists who clinch my choice for a Saul on CD.' Gramophone (The Gramophone Collection Top Choice)

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Track Listing

CDs 1-3
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)