Handel: Saul

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1 Symphony: Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro 8:59 96/24 Album only
2 Act I Scene 1: How excellent Thy name, O Lord (Chorus) 3:03 96/24 Album only
3 Act I Scene 1: Air: An Infant rais'd by thy Command (Soprano) 1:57 96/24 Album only
4 Act I Scene 1: Trio: Along the Monster Atheist strode (Chorus) 1:04 96/24 Album only
5 Act I Scene 1: The Youth inspir'd by Thee, O Lord (Chorus) 1:59 96/24 Album only
6 Act I Scene 1: How excellent thy name, O Lord (Chorus) 2:27 96/24 Album only
7 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: He comes! - Air: O God-like Youth! (Michal) 3:23 96/24 Album only
8 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Behold, O King...Young Man...The Son of Jesse (Abner, Saul, David) 0:55 96/24 Album only
9 Act I Scene 2: Air: O King, your Favours with Delight (David) 5:21 96/24 Album only
10 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: O early Piety! (Jonathan) - Air: What abject Thoughts a Prince can have (Merab) 2:50 96/24 Album only
11 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Yet think with whom this Honour you bestow (Merab) - Air: Birth and Fortune I despise! (Jonathan) 5:27 96/24 Album only
12 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Thou, Merab, first in Birth (Saul) - Air: My Soul rejects the Thought with scorn (Merab) 1:43 96/24 Album only
13 Act I Scene 2: Air: See with what a scornful Air - Air: Ah, lovely Youth! (Michal) 1:57 96/24 Album only
14 Act I Scene 3: Symphony: Andante allegro - Recitative: Already see the Daughters of the Land (Michal) 1:34 96/24 Album only
15 Act I Scene 3: Welcome, welcome, mighty King! (Chorus) 1:47 96/24 Album only
16 Act I Scene 3: Accompagnato: What do I hear? (Saul) - David his Ten Thousands slew (Chorus) 1:02 96/24 Album only
17 Act I Scene 3: Accompagnato: To him Ten Thousands! - Air: With Rage I shall burst his Praises to hear! (Saul) 1:45 96/24 Album only
18 Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Imprudent Women! 'Tis but his old Disease (Jonathan, Michal) 0:50 96/24 Album only
19 Act I Scene 4: Air: Fell Rage and black Despair possest (Michal) 2:43 96/24 Album only
20 Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Rack'd with Infernal Pains (Abner) - Air: O Lord, whose Mercies numberless (David) 4:52 96/24 Album only
21 Act I Scene 5: Symphony (Arpa): Largo 1:47 96/24 Album only
22 Act I Scene 5: Recitative: 'Tis all in vain (Jonathan) - Air: A Serpent, in my Bosom warm'd (Saul) 2:32 96/24 Album only
23 Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Has he escap'd my Rage? (Saul) - Air: Capricious Man, in Humour lost (Merab) 4:07 96/24 Album only
24 Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato: O Filial Piety! (Jonathan) 1:55 96/24 Album only
25 Act I Scene 6: Air: No, cruel Father, no (Jonathan) 1:34 96/24 Album only
26 Act I Scene 6: Air: O Lord, whose Providence (High Priest) 1:48 96/24 Album only
27 Act I Scene 6: Preserve him for the Glory of thy Name (Chorus) 2:42 96/24 Album only
28 Act II Scene 1: Envy! Eldest-born of Hell! (Chorus) 2:37 96/24 Album only
29 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Ah, dearest Friend - Air: But sooner Jordan's Stream, I swear (Jonathan) 2:56 96/24 Album only
30 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: My Father comes (Jonathan) 0:20 96/24 Album only
31 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Hast thou obey'd my orders...Alas, my Father! (Saul, Jonathan) - Air: Sin not, O King, against the Youth (Jonathan) 3:10 96/24 Album only
32 Act II Scene 3: Air: As Great Jehovah lives, I swear (Saul) 1:40 96/24 Album only
33 Act II Scene 3: Air: From Cities storm'd, and Battles won (Jonathan) 2:20 96/24 Album only
34 Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Appear, my Friend...No more imagine Danger (Jonathan, Saul) - Air: Your words, O King, my Loyal Heart (David) 1:41 96/24 Album only
35 Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Yes, he shall wed my Daughter! (Saul) 0:30 96/24 Album only
36 Act II Scene 5: Recitative: A Father's Will has authoriz'd my Love (Michal) - Duet: O Fairest of ten thousand fair (Michal, David) 3:15 96/24 Album only
37 Act II Scene 5: Is there a Man, who all his Ways Directs (Chorus) 1:22 96/24 Album only
38 Act II Scene 5: Symphony: Largo - Allegro 3:34 96/24 Album only
39 Act II Scene 6: Recitative: Thy Father is as cruel, and as false (David) - Duet: At Persecution I can laugh (David, Michal) 2:01 96/24 Album only
40 Act II Scene 7: Recitative: Whom dost thou seek? I seek for David (Michal, Doeg) - Air: No, no, let the Guilty tremble (Michal) 2:21 96/24 Album only
41 Act II Scene 8: Recitative: Mean as he was, he is my Brother now (Merab) 0:48 96/24 Album only
42 Act II Scene 8: Air: Author of Peace, who canst controll (Merab) 3:09 96/24 Album only
43 Act II Scene 9: Symphony: Allegro 1:16 96/24 Album only
44 Act II Scene 9: Accompagnato: The Time at length is come (Saul) 0:43 96/24 Album only
45 Act II Scene 10: Recitative: Where is the Son of Jesse? He earnestly asked Leave (Saul, Jonathan) 1:03 96/24 Album only
46 Act II Scene 10: O fatal Consequence (Chorus) 4:39 96/24 Album only
47 Act III Scene 1: Accompagnato: Wretch that I am! (Saul) 2:47 96/24 Album only
48 Act III Scene 1: Recitative and Accompagnato: 'Tis said, here lives a Woman (Saul) 0:50 96/24 Album only
49 Act III Scene 2: Recitative: With me what would'st thou? I wou'd (Witch of Endor, Saul) 0:43 96/24 Album only
50 Act III Scene 2: Air: Infernal Spirits, by wose Pow'r (Witch of Endor) 1:48 96/24 Album only
51 Act III Scene 3: Accompagnato: Why hast thou force'd me from the Realm of Peace...O holy Prophet, holy Prophet! (Samuel, Saul) 3:36 96/24 Album only
52 Act III Scene 3: Symphony: Allegro 0:38 96/24 Album only
53 Act III Scene 4: Recitative: Whence com'st thou? Out of the Camp of Israel (David, Amalekite) 1:21 96/24 Album only
54 Act III Scene 4: Air: Impious Wretch, of Race accurst! (David) 2:14 96/24 Album only
55 Act III Scene 5: March: Grave - Largo e staccato 4:00 96/24 Album only
56 Act III Scene 5: Mourn, Israel, mourn thy Beauty lost (Chorus) 4:46 96/24 Album only
57 Act III Scene 5: Air: From this unhappy Day (Merab) 3:08 96/24 Album only
58 Act III Scene 5: Air: Brave Jonathan his Bow ne'er drew (David) 2:41 96/24 Album only
59 Act III Scene 5: Eagles were not so swift as they (Chorus) 0:21 96/24 Album only
60 Act III Scene 5: Air: In sweetest Harmony they liv'd (Michal) 4:49 96/24 Album only
61 Act III Scene 5: O fatal Day! How low the Mighty lie! (David, Chorus) 5:14 96/24 Album only
62 Act III Scene 5: Air: Ye men of Judah, weep no more (High Priest) 0:31 96/24 Album only
63 Act III Scene 5: Gird on thy Sword, thou Man of Might (Chorus) 5:51 96/24 Album only

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Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)

Stephen Varcoe, bass (Saul)
Nancy Argenta
, soprano (Michal)
Laurie Reviol
, soprano (Merab)
Michael Chance
, alto, countertenor (David)
Mark Le Brocq
, tenor (Jonathan)
Michael Berner
, tenor (Abner, High Priest, Witch Of Endor, Amalekite)
Steffen Balbach
, bass (Samuel, Doeg)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra 
Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Jurgen Budday
, conductor 

This live recording is part of a cycle of oratorios and masses, performed in the basilica of Maulbronn Abbey under the direction of Jürgen Budday. The series combines authentically performed oratorios and masses with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically informed performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, which are tuned to the pitch customary in the composer‘s lifetimes.

A concert hosted by Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, September 28th & 29th, 2002.

Recording and mastering engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger