The Synagogues Are on Fire Allegro moderato; Andante
In the Beginning of the End Lento e rubato; Lento
Introduction Marcia (moderato assai)
The Uprising Lento e rubato (recitativo); Marcia
Prayer Lento espressivo
Rise Up, My People! Lento (quasi marcia funebre); Lento
Canto XV.15: It's All Over
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!
Zlata Razdolina's Official Web Site: Zlata Razdolina's Web page provides biographical information, an overview of the Requiem and a review by Michael Eisenstudt from The Jerusalem Post of the orchestral work. Zlata's official site also provides detailed descriptions of each of her other musical masterpieces. In addition, Zlata Razdolina's Web site provides many images and biographical information. (Note: Although Zlata's official Web site is in English, it has a section in Russian that includes multimedia content in WMV format.)
Zlata Razdolina — Interview with Seva Novgorodchev (in Russian): On 18 October 2003, Zlata Razdolina performed at a concert in Birmingham, England, and was interviewed by the famous BBC Russian program host, Seva Novgorodchev. At Seva.Ru, you may read the BBC interview and listen to the program (in Russian) — in RealPlayer or MP3 format. The interview provides interesting details about Zlata's personal and professional musical life/career. For example, she began learning to play the piano at age four, influenced by the fact that her brother and sister were already studying music — and her passion for music, even at such a young age. (In response to Zlata's revelation, Seva Novgorodchev makes a comparison between Razdolina and Mozart as child prodigies; Zlata, however, is very modest about her musical genius during the interview.) The interview covers Zlata's career chronologically, from her compositions based upon Russian poets (while living in Russia) — such as the great Anna Akhmatova — to her interest in writing compositions based upon Israeli poets after her immigration to Israel. (For information on Zlata's entire life and career, up to the present, please visit her official Web site.)
Zlata Razdolina — ArtBoomer.com: This Web page presents a brief biography and overview of the career of Zlata Razdolina, along with information on how to contact Zlata.
Zlata Razdolina (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Zlata Razdolina — Classical Composers Database: The Classical Composers Database provides a brief profile of Zlata, along with relevant links. "Zlata Razdolina (Rozenfeld), composer, author and performer of her own music, was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). She began her career in 1978 performing her works in the artists' organization 'Lenconcert' in Leningrad. She is a Laureate of many national and international music competitions. Among her awards is her laureate at the all-Russian competition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism (1985-Leningrad). The summit of her career in Russia were her Laureate awards for her musical setting of Anna Akhmatova's poem 'Requiem' in the national competitions in 1988 — Moscow and 1989 — Leningrad. Zlata was chosen to perform her composition 'Requiem' during the Anna Akhmatova centennial in 1989 at the Kremlin, Moscow. The 'Requiem', written for symphony orchestra, choir and soloists, was later performed in Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, USA and Israel."
Zlata Razdolina: "I Can Still See Hilly Pavlovsk" (MP3): This 3-MB MP3 file is a recording of Zlata Razdolina performing her composition, "I Can Still See Hilly Pavlovsk," based upon the poem of, and with lyrics by, the great Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova. Zlata plays the piano and sings the vocals in Russian. (Warning: Please note the large size of this MP3 file.)
Ghetto Fighters' House — Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum(Beit Lohamei Haghetaot): The Ghetto Fighters' House was "founded in 1949 by Holocaust survivors, ghetto fighters and partisans, who settled in the Western Galilee and set up Kibbutz Lochme Hagetaot on the main road from Acre to Naharia." At first, the Ghetto Fighters' House was primarily a documentation center; now, it is a museum, research institute, and education center. (Individuals in the United States may be interested in visiting the Web site of The American Friends of The Ghetto Fighters' House, which is the American office of The Ghetto Fighters' House. Copies of Rosenbloom's English translation of Katzenelson's The Song of the Murdered Jewish People can be ordered from The American Friends of The Ghetto Fighters' House.)
"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."