One disappointment in the centenary celebrations for Kurt Weill's birth in 2000 was the lack of a recording for his long-lost Biblical pageant "The Eternal Road," particularly as the theatrical work w

One disappointment in the centenary celebrations for Kurt Weill's birth in 2000 was the lack of a recording for his long-lost Biblical pageant "The Eternal Road," particularly as the theatrical work was an amazing live experience. Finally, we have a recording of at least a sequence of highlights from the massive piece, and the well-annotated, richly recorded set stands as the most vital Weill document since RCA's centenary "Der Silbersee." On disc, "The Eternal Road" comes across like a dramatic oratorio, albeit with the distinctive harmonic/melodic/textural imprint familiar to fans of Weill's cabaret music. The direction by Gerard Schwarz is admirable, and the chorus and many vocal soloists discharge their roles with skill and spirit. The release comes as one of the first in a 50-CD American Jewish Music series from Naxos via the Milken Archive.—BB

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