10 Must-Have Albums from the Milken Archive of Jewish Music

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Genesis Suite (1945)

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.  

The Genesis Suite depicts the earliest Bible stories, including the Creation, Adam and Eve, the Flood and the Tower of Babel. It’s narrated by distinguished actors accompanied by full orchestra and chorus. Fully restored from recently discovered original manuscripts, the Genesis Suite is presented in its first modern recording. 


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The Gates of Justice — Dave Brubeck
Cycle of Life in Synagogue and Home — Volume 4: Digital Album 13
Songs of the Soul (symphony), Shir L'erev Shabbat (excerpts) The Final Ingredient (excerpts) — David Amram
Genesis Suite (1945)
Jewish Operas — Volume 1
Ladino Songs of Love and Suffering, Mikhoels the Wise (excerpt), Out of the Whirlwind — Bruce Adolphe
The Mirror, Passover Offering, Tants un Maysele — Yehudi Wyner
A Jewish Legacy — Leonard Bernstein
Great Songs of the Yiddish Theatre, Volume 1 — Abraham Ellstein
A Hanukka Celebration