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WEILL: Eternal Road (The) (Highlights)

Composer(s):Weill, Kurt
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.559402
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

This world-premiere recording of scenes from Kurt Weill's rediscoverd masterpiece The Eternal Road brings to life a major 20th-century work that was a sensation of the 1937 New York season. Originally conceived as a biblical pageant, a profound music-drama, and a theatrical extravaganza, The Eternal Road combines the legends of timeless Jewish heroes and heroines with all-too-familiar story of persecution in Europe. Set against a richly colored backdrop, Weill's masterful score embodies the passions and aspirations of many dramatic characters in search of their Jewish Destiny.


Review By Edith Eisler,,

This is an extraordinary, unique work... The singing is never less than good, frequently excellent. The record makes one long to hear the music in its entirety.

Review By Phil Ehrensaft,Naxos,

Any Who's Who of important composers and performers on the American classical music scene, past and present, includes a proportion of Jewish-Americans that is far higher than their share of the country's total population. A passion for art music, both secular and liturgical, and pride in the accomplishments of great Jewish musicians, is a principal vehicle for ethnic self-identification. If the Jewish tradition permitted beatification, there would surely be a St. Heifitz, St. Bernstein and the like. Now the passion and presence are being documented via an ambitious, well-funded partnership between the Milken Family Foundation and Naxos.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Conceived as a biblical pageant, The Eternal Road is Kurt Weill’s most ambitious work. In a massive sequence of words and music – lasting (if uncut) around five hours – the piece links the stories of biblical characters with the latter-day persecution of Jews in Europe. Originally presented in New York in 1937, it proved too cumbersome for its own good and was quickly forgotten. Yet it contains some of the most inspired music that Weill ever wrote, demonstrating that after he fled from Europe to America his genius remained as fertile and original as ever. This generous selection of musical items, lasting 73 minutes, gives an excellent idea of the piece, very well performed and recorded in Berlin with American soloist and conductor. The vigour of the



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