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Saul

Author: George Frideric HandelCharles JennensJulia VaradyElizabeth GalePaul EsswoodAll authors
Publisher: Hamburg : Teldec, 1986.
Series: Das Alte Werk.
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Music
Songs and music
Named Person: Saul, King of Israel; Saul, King of Israel.
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: George Frideric Handel; Charles Jennens; Julia Varady; Elizabeth Gale; Paul Esswood; Helmut Wildhaber; Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Matthias Hölle; Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor.; Concentus Musicus Wien.
OCLC Number: 15163733
Notes: Oratorio; sung in English.
Libretto by Charles Jennens.
Compact discs.
Program notes by Gerhard Schuhmacher in English, French, and German, and libretto with French and German translations (79 p. : port.) in container.
Issued also as analog discs (6.35687) and cassettes (4.35687).
Performer(s): Julia Varady, Elizabeth Gale, sopranos ; Paul Esswood, countertenor ; Helmut Wildhaber, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenors ; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone ; Matthias Hölle, bass ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Concentus Musicus Wien ; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor; performed on period instruments.
Description: 2 sound discs (136 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: CD 1: Symphony (4:01) --
Act 1: How excellent they name, oh Lord (2:50) An infant rais'd by thy command (1:36) Along the monster atheist strode (1:01) The youth inspir'd by Thee, oh Lord (4:16) He comes / O Godlike Youth! (3:03) Behold, oh King, the brave, victorious youth / Oh King, your favours with delight I take (2:46) Oh early piety! (0:27) What abject thoughts a prince can have / Yet think, on whom this honour you bestow (2:26) --
Side 2: Birth and fortune I despise! / Go on, illustrious Pair! / While yet thy Tide of Blood runs high (5:19) Thou, Merab, first in birth / My soul rejects the thought with scorn (1:49) See, with what a scornful air / Ah! Lovely youth (2:04) Symphony (1:08) Already see (0:16) Welcome, welcome mighty King! (1:33) What do I hear? / David his ten thousands slew / To him ten thousands! / With rage I shall burst his praises to hear! (2:46) Imprudent woman! / Fell rage and black despair possess'd / This but the smallest part of Harmony / By thee this Universal Frame (3:40) Rack'd with infernal pains (0:19) Oh Lord, whose mercies numberless (3:20) --
Side 3: 'T is all in vain (0:18) A serpent, in my bosom warm'd / Has he escap'd my rage (2:36) Capricious man (4:11) Oh filial piety! / No, cruel father, no! / Oh Lord, whose Providence Ever wakes for their Defense (3:12) Preserve him for the glory of thy name (2:27) --
Act 2: Envy! eldest born of hell! (2:02) Ah! Dearest friend! / But sooner Jordan's stream, I swear / O strange vicissitude! / Such haughty Beauties / My father comes (3:22) Hast thou obey'd my orders / Sin not, oh king, against the youth (1:55) As great Jehovah lives (1:16) From cities storm'd, and battles won (2:07) --
CD 2: Appear, my friend (0:38) Your words, oh king (1:09) Yes, he shall wed my daughter! (0:32) A father's will (0:34) O fairest of ten thousand fair (2:46) Is there a man (1:30) Concerto (2:58) Thy father is as cruel / At persecution I can laugh (2:04) Whom dost thou seek? / No, no, let the guilty tremble (2:32) Mean as he was / Author of peace (3:51) Symphony (1:16) The time at length is come (0:50) Where is the son of Jesse (1:13) O fatal consequence of rage (2:25) --
Side 5: Wretch that I am! / 'T is said, here lives a woman (3:29) With me what wouldst thou? / Infernal spirits (2:30) Why has thou forc'd me from the realms of peace (3:15) Symphony (0:39) Whence comst thou? / Impious wretch, of race accurst (3:22) Dead March (3:49) --
Side 6: O let it not in Gath be heard / From this unhappy day / Brave Jonathan his Bow ne'er drew (5:59) In sweetest harmony / O fatal day (9:34) Ye men of Judah, weep no more (0:37) Gird on thy sword (5:42)
Series Title: Das Alte Werk.
Responsibility: Georg Friedrich Händel.

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