Giuseppe Verdi


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Verdi's operatic Requiem is down 19 this year

Verdi's choral masterpiece and one of the most enduring of all Requiems. Composed in 1874, it is a huge, blockbuster of a work, often labelled an opera in all but name. A big hit from the outset, in performance it can be impressive simply to see the eight trumpets, often lined up round the stage. But when they play alongside a chorus marked ffff (that's four times as loud as 'loud') well, it's simply staggering.