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Royal Festival Hall

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
07:30 pm

Requiem - Verdi

Philharmonia Orchestra
Ivor Setterfield


Hear one of the great masterpieces of Western music and a core piece of the choral repertoire, whose power to move and shake remains undiminished.

Verdi’s Requiem – despite being initially described as an ‘opera in church clothing’ and dividing the critics, quickly established its place on the concert programme.

From the hushed opening to the terrifying cries of the ‘Dies irae’ to the final plea for deliverance, Verdi put a lifetime of artistic experience to the service of what he wanted to say. He had seen the formative events of the formation of modern Italy at first hand and his music had come to symbolise and inspire Italian nationalism.

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