The Verdi Requiem is a choral setting of a Catholic Mass for the Dead which was composed in memory of the great Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873).
It was first performed, conducted by Verdi, in 1874 in the church of San Marco in Milan followed by a concert performance three days later at La Scala.
It is usually performed as a concert work rather than during a Mass due to its requirements. It lasts 90 minutes and is written for an orchestra, double choir and four soloists.
2011 Grammy Awards
The Requiem won not one but TWO prestigious Grammy Awards for - Best Classical Album and - Best Choral Performance Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master(Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)[CSO Resound]