CD - 54 minutes
DVD - 46 minutes
Available in PAL or NTSC
Composed by Zlata Razdolina
The Moravska Filharmonie Olomouc (The Czech Republic)
Victor Feldbrill (Conductor / Canada)
Antonin Hradil (Violin)
Zlata Razdolina (Vocal and Synthesizer)
|The Opening Bars of the Requiem (118k µ-law)|
An orchestral version of Requiem composed after the poem by Holocaust poet Itzhak Katzenelson 'The Song of the Murdered Jewish People', describing the extermination of the Jewish life in Warsaw.
Zlata Razdolina Composer, Moravska Philharmonic Orchestra, Victor Feldbrill – Conductor.
The work which lasts nearly an hour, is comprised of scores for large orchestra, choir and soloist (cantor), to be sung with the Hebrew words of the poem written by the Holocaust poet Itzhak Katzenelson.
'The Song of the Murdered Jewish People', was written during the poet’s detention in a transportation camp, Vitel-France, before he was deported to Auschwitz. The poem was buried in Vitel’s soil where it was unearthed at the end of the war and was brought to a Museum on the Kibbutz “The Ghetto Fighters” which is called after him.
The poem – a story of the Warsaw Ghetto – was written originally in Yiddish and has now been translated into many languages, including English, German, Hebrew and Russian.
Due to funding shortage, the issued Holocaust Requiem/music CD is only the orchestral version, with vocalize.
Its New York Premiere took place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 9, 2002. The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Arkady Leytush performed with English narration by the Hollywood's actor Fritz Weaver and singing and synthesizer playing by Zlata Razdolina. The Interfaith committee of Remembrance a non-profit organization that conducts this Holocaust remembrance concert for the last 14 years produced this concert.
Woe is unto me, nobody is left. . . There was a people and it is no more.
There was a people and it is. . . Gone. . .
What a tale. It began in the Bible and lasted till now. . . A very sad tale.
A tale that began with Amalek and concluded with the far crueller Germans. . .
O distant sky, wide earth, vast seas, Do not crush and don't destroy the wicked.
Let them destroy themselves!
From The Song of the Murdered Jewish People
By Itzhak Katzenelson / Translated by Noah H. Rosenbloom
Israel: Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, 1980)
Copyright © 1980 by The Ghetto Fighter's House Ltd. (All Rights Reserved.)
Facsimile from Katzenlelson's Manuscript
The Jerusalem Post - April 22, 1998
Memorial in musicBy Michael Ejzenstadt
Local composers are continually influenced and inspired by the gravest period in Jewish history and continue to write music that in one way or another is related to the Holocaust and its never-ceasing impressions on our daily reality and collective memory.
Earlier today (2 p.m. on the Voice of Music), music lovers will be able to hear the premiere performance of the 55-minute requiem by young Russian-born composer Zlata Razdolina, based on The Song of the Murdered Jewish People by Itzhak Katzenelson.
The composer's most famous opus to date is her requiem based on a poem by great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, which was already been performed at the Kremlin in Moscow and later in Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, the US and Israel.
Razdolina's repertoire of over 600 songs and romances, most of which she performs herself, set to music poems by leading Soviet poets.
Since immigrating to Israel in 1990, she composed the music for Uri Barabash's television docudrama Kastner's Trial and began composing song cycles based on the works of well-known Israeli poets.
Razdolina's music is very communicative, lyrical and dramatic, even if at times, as a recording of this new work suggests, too emotional. She writes from the heart with the overall dramatic picture in front of her. And the music, which is also folk oriented and very Jewish in its consciousness, even if it does not always sound totally original, is very effective.
It seems as if Razdolina's aim in this new opus is to raise a breathing memorial to the tradition and culture which the Nazis tried to destroy and which has emerged even through the most horrible of times. The way this young composer - who grew up in land in which freedom was a dream and anti-Semitism a daily occurrence - deals with the Holocaust is intriguing.
Hopefully this work will find an orchestra willing to present it live so music lovers will be able to experience the magnitude of the composition in the concert hall and not just on the radio.
|"May this elegy and Requiem bear witness to the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis, and be an eternal warning to the generations born after the Holocaust."|
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