Saul (Complete oratorio)

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Saul (Complete oratorio)
Andreas Scholl, Neal Davies, Susan Gritton, Nancy Argenta, Mark Padmore / Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

[ DG Archiv / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 15 March 2004

"This superbly recorded new version of Saul is the first to offer a serious challenge to John Elliot Gardiner's 1989 performance. With equally incisive, disciplined choral singing, the result is comparably over whelming. What finally trips me towards McCreesh is the casting of Andreas Scholl as David; Serene, dulcet-toned and, when the situation demands, excitingly dramatic." (BBC Music)

***** Five Stars BBC Music Magazine (June 2004)

"This superbly recorded new version of Saul is the first to offer a serious challenge to John Elliot Gardiner's 1989 performance. With equally incisive, disciplined choral singing, the result is comparably over whelming. What finally trips me towards McCreesh is the casting of Andreas Scholl as David; Serene, dulcet-toned and, when the situation demands, excitingly dramatic." (BBC Music)

Paul McCreesh continues his successful series of Handel oratorio recordings with Saul, one of the greatest biblical stories and one of Handel's greatest works. A drama with an enormous range of emotions and psychological conflicts.

Andreas Scholl, who already sang the title role in Solomon, gives a splendid account of David's music. He is joined by a team of soloists: Neal Davies in the title role, Mark Padmore as Jonathan and Susan Gritton and Nancy Argenta in the two soprano roles as Merab and Michal