Giuseppe Verdi


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The second highest of Verdi's 5 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This slipped to its lowest ever position of number 130 in the most recent countdown.

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.