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The Road of Promise (Live)


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The Road of Promise represents a concert adaptation of Kurt Weill's 1937 opera-oratorio The Eternal Road. Performed by members of the New York City-based performing arts organization MasterVoices, under the baton of Ted Sperling, this pseudo-allegorical work was conceived by European Jewish emigrants in the US as an attempt to inform the American public about Adolf Hitler's persecution of German Jews. The storyline is set in a synagogue on a night of fearful waiting during the "timeless night of Israel's persecution." The Rabbi comforts his congregation by recounting for them iconic stories from Jewish scripture. These biblical scenes unfold through spoken dialogue, arias, ensemble pieces, and a chorus, and bounces between the Rabbi's "present day" conversations with his congregants and dramatizations of different Torahic stories. A particularly interesting aesthetic facet of The Road of Promise is the use of references to popular music in the dramatizations of Torahic stories. Latin-esque rhythms in At the Mountain, from Act 1 and Ruth the Moabite from Act III, demonstrate the seemingly motivated choice by Weill to draw clear parallels between the plight suffered by Jews in these stories and the situation in late-1930's Germany. The work represents one of the few positive and/or sympathetic portrayals of Jews in opera or oratorio, from the seventeenth century to the present.
Facts
Item number NV6059
Barcode 896931003599
Release date 11/11/2016
Category Opera
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir MasterVoices
Classical Artist Griffey, Anthony Dean
Delavan, Mark
Rifkin, Ron
Tokash, Eli
Glueckert, AJ
Michelle, Lauren
Conductor Sperling, Ted
Orchestra Orchestra of St. Luke's
Disc: 1
The Road of Promise01:56:00
1 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: The Covenant (Live) 00:08:59 Delavan, Mark Orchestra of St. Luke's Slattery, Michael Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron MasterVoices
2 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: Sacrifice of Isaac (Li 00:05:46 Delavan, Mark Orchestra of St. Luke's Slattery, Michael Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron MasterVoices
3 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: Jacob and Rachel (Live 00:08:10 Orchestra of St. Luke's Slattery, Michael Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ Michelle, Lauren MasterVoices
4 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: Joseph and His Brother 00:08:49 Cutlip, Philip Orchestra of St. Luke's Griffey, Anthony Dean Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ Fallen, Sean Pietri-Coimbre, Jose MasterVoices
5 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: Moses in Egypt (Live) 00:07:19 Delavan, Mark Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Marino, Megan MasterVoices
6 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: At the Mountain (Live) 00:06:41 Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ Tokash, Eli MasterVoices
7 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: In the Wilderness (Liv 00:05:04 Delavan, Mark Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron MasterVoices
8 The Road of Promise, Pt. 1: The Promised Land (Liv 00:11:13 Delavan, Mark Orchestra of St. Luke's Slattery, Michael Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Michelle, Lauren Fallen, Sean Pietri-Coimbre, Jose
Disc: 2
The Road of Promise01:56:00
1 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: Ruth the Moabite (Live 00:09:32 Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Marino, Megan Glueckert, AJ Michelle, Lauren MasterVoices
2 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: King David (Live) 00:08:17 Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ Hopkins, Justin MasterVoices
3 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: The Building of the Te 00:11:03 Cutlip, Philip Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Marino, Megan Glueckert, AJ MasterVoices
4 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: Two Prophets (Live) 00:09:05 Cutlip, Philip Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ MasterVoices
5 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: Zedekiah's Decision (L 00:10:44 Cutlip, Philip Orchestra of St. Luke's Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron Glueckert, AJ Michelle, Lauren MasterVoices
6 The Road of Promise, Pt. 2: A Vision (Live) 00:04:59 Orchestra of St. Luke's Slattery, Michael Sperling, Ted Rifkin, Ron MasterVoices
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