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the whole or parts of this work, we have available a complete
transcription of the album, plus a new orchestral score produced
by Dominic Nunns, one of the UK's leading young orchestrators
and conductors. Please contact
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Songs For The
Betrayed World by The Life and Death Orchestra is a universally
acclaimed album of Holocaust songs. "It is a masterpiece" (Metro)
- click here to buy a copy of the album.
It is based on the words of Holocaust poets and
writers such as Tadeusz Borowski, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Paul Celan,
Wiesel, Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz, Nina Cassian, Reiner Kunze,
Micheline Maurel, Adam Zych, Yehuda Amichai, Kevin Carey and Adrian
The work covers
the genocide of Jews in the concentration camps of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbruck, Buchenwald and Dachau amongst
many others; murder perpetrated by the Nazis led by Hitler, Himmler,
Goebbels and Eichmann.
It links the horrors of the Holocaust to ethnic cleansing perpetrated
elsewhere such as My Lai, Kampuchea, Bosnia, Kosovo and also Chile
where the story of Victor Jara is told.
and main performers of The Life and Death Orchestra are
Bill Smith, Bim Sinclair, Angi Mariani and Herbie Flowers. Herbie
is best known as the "world's greatest bass player". Like
or Life is Beautiful, this is a controversial work. The most moving
This Way For The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, adapted from the short
story by Tadeusz Borowski, depicts an ordinary but horrific
day in the gas
chambers detailing the zyklon B, the cruelty of the SS, the transports,
summary executions, and the slaughter.
The guilt of
the survivors is shown. As Tadeusz Borowski said, the world is
ruled by neither justice nor morality; the world is ruled by power.
accompanying booklet, the works of main Holocaust writers and artists
are shown, including the works of Arnold Daghani, Ralph Freeman,
Woodman, Gerda Weissman Klein, Primo Levi, Gary Sea, Ursula Goetze,
Eva Fogelman. The Poetry of Survival edited by Daniel Weissbort
is also a
Based on the
words of Holocaust survivors and poets, The Life & Death
Orchestra performs Songs For The Betrayed World, composed by Bill
Smith and Bim Sinclair.
"One of the
most incredible, moving and important pieces of work I've ever come
across in my entire life" Big George, BBC Radio
"It is a masterpiece"
"The songs are rich and intense, musically reminiscent of Bob Dylan's
best work. It lives long in the memory, one of the most moving and
enriching shows..." The Scotsman
5 stars Unmissable
"The songs are hauntingly beautiful and will linger in the mind
long after the performance is over. It must be one of the most tragic
and moving shows in the Festival" - Edinburgh Guide
and Powerful" - The Jewish Telegraph
"It's quite an album, very different & unlike anything I've heard
Tim Jeffery, Skint Records
- Herbie Flowers
"Very moving - a powerful piece" - Anthony Stiles, Cameron Mackintosh
as a piece of music and performed live, equally moving as a piece
of theatre." - Jewish Chronicle
a highly charged score, reminiscent of works by John Barry, Kurt
Weill, and even Nick Cave. With song titles such as 'This Way For
the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen', it certainly pulls no punches" -
New Insight Magazine
"Powerful, moving and challenging" - Greater Manchester Black and
"A musical interracial marriage of people's opera, and Eastern folk,
with classy tinges of Jacques Brel, "Songs.." is an album which
looks back at the Holocaust in anger...a beautiful if disturbing
result" - George Berger, Rock n Reel Magazine
"Shocking, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting, Songs For The Betrayed
Word is indisputably outstanding" - Oz Dhammi, Sussex Jewish News
"An intense journey through post-Holocaust literature...impressive
and excellent" - The Latest
totally unique performance.
icons and artwork at the top are based on the work by great UK artist,
Ralph Freeman from the work, Rosina & Carlos IV (1940) - 1997 mixed
media on canvas.
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