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Nicholas McGegan & PBO in their element for Handel's 'Saul' / Los Angeles Times

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The nation's petulant leader is consumed by self-destructive envy. He appears to listen to reason from his children, but then he goes and does what he likes anyway. He has it in for a war hero. He views the enemies of his enemies as his friends, even when they are clearly Philistines. He creates chaos in the Middle East. Before you draw any conclusions, it is the Israelite/Philistine conflict we're talking about and the failed biblical king of Judah, as depicted in Handel's oratorio "Saul," which Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale brought to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. This odd oratorio, an early example of a genre created by Handel when opera went out of fashion for a while in 18th century London, is not what you would expect this time of year, which is to say, it is certainly not "Messiah."    (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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