|I. Prelude (Schoenberg)||05:53|
|II. Creation (Shilkret)||11:07|
|III. Adam and Eve (Tansman)||11:32|
|IV. Cain and Abel (Milhaud)||04:46|
|V. The Flood (Castelnuovo-Tedesco)||11:03|
|VI. The Covenant (Toch)||05:36|
|VII. Babel (Stravinsky)||05:37|
A major 20th-century work rediscovered!
The Genesis Suite depicts the earliest Bible stories, including the Creation, Adam and Eve, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, narrated by distinguished actors accompanied by full orchestra and chorus. This unique collaboration of seven famous composers, most of them European exiles living in Hollywood during World War II, was performed only once, in 1945, before much of the music was lost in a fire. Fully restored from recently discovered original manuscripts, the Genesis Suite is now presented in its first modern recording.
Reviews and Recognitions:
"...a fascinating record of a remarkable moment in time. Its chrome-plated musical sensationalism is enjoyable.... I thought it was great fun." —Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com
"their shared mission–to musically illustrate the foundations of Judeo-Christian beliefsled to grand, cinematically conceived music from most of them." —Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide
"One of the most fascinating...of the [albums] in the series..." —Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News