Verdi’s Requiem

Manfred Honeck conducts the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and soloists in a performance of Guiseppe Verdi‘s operatic Requiem.  Composed in memory of poet Alessandro Manzoni, the Requiem was first performed in 1874 in Milan.  Verdi wrote this music much as he wrote his operas – with high drama, emotions, and sweeping melodies – but he was roundly criticized for it being too operatic for the religious setting.  Join the MCP and PSO for three performances of “probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart’s Requiem.”

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