In his Biblical oratorio Saul, Handel wrote an epic work of great and noble drama, and of thrilling musical inventiveness. He gifted his solo singers roles of vivid characterisation – and in Christopher Purves as Saul we have a baritone whose talents for dramatic realisation, whether in music of the Baroque as here or that of the 20th century, is matched by superb musical craftsmanship. Sarah Connolly, meanwhile, singing the role of David, has become one of the most sought-after Handel interpreters of today. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, the ensemble he founded in 1979, have become one of today's most prominent ambassadors for choral music, their annual choral pilgrimage tour of British cathedrals attracting full audiences and critical acclaim year after year. There are few conductors as immersed in the music of Handel as Christophers.
'Christophers always has a trump card in the shape of his outstanding chorus.' The Guardian