Neal Davies (Saul)
Andreas Scholl (David)
Deborah York (Michal)
Susan Gritton (Merab)
Mark Padmore (Jonathan)
Paul Agnew (High Priest/Witch of Endor)
Jonathan Lemalu (Ghost of Samuel)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor)
Reviewed: 16 August, 2020
The sole work in tonight’s concert is one of Handel’s most dramatic and poignant biblical oratorios, Saul, performed complete by leading period-informed collective the Gabrieli Consort & Players, under Paul McCreesh. The cast is led by British bass Neal Davies as the mad king of Israel, with star German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl as his psalm-singing successor.
Davies, Scholl and McCreesh had recorded Saul with the Gabrieli Consort & Players in 2002, for a disc described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘overwhelming’. It was later made First Choice on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library. Experience the work live in this exhilarating performance from the 2003 Proms season.