American Classics - Genesis Suite (1945) / Gerard Schwartz

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Prelude to Genesis, for mixed chorus and orchestra, Op. 44
>Shilkret, Nathaniel : Creation, for narrator, chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
>Tansman, Alexander : Adam and Eve, for narrator & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
>Milhaud, Darius : Cain and Abel, for reciter & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite"), Op. 241
>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : The Flood (Noah's Ark), for narrator, chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
>Toch, Ernst : The Covenant (The Rainbow), for narrator & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Babel
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Notes & Reviews:

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. 'Genesis Suite' has been restored from recently discovered original manuscripts.



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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Prelude to Genesis, for mixed chorus and orchestra, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1945

>Shilkret, Nathaniel : Creation, for narrator, chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Tansman, Alexander : Adam and Eve, for narrator & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Milhaud, Darius : Cain and Abel, for reciter & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite"), Op. 241
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : The Flood (Noah's Ark), for narrator, chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Toch, Ernst : The Covenant (The Rainbow), for narrator & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite")
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Stravinsky, Igor : Babel
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Ernst Senff Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944