The Verdi Requiem

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
- 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]

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The 7 sections

The Verdi Requiem is made up of 7 sections as follows:

  • Introit and Kyrie
  • Dies Irae
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus
  • Agnus Dei
  • Lux Aeterna
  • Libera Me

Introit and Kyrie

Oxford Philomusica 17/6/10 - Sheldonian Theatre. London Symphony Chorus - Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos

Dies Irae

Claudio Vandelli, conductor and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra


Margaret Price - Jessye Norman - José Carreras - Ruggero Raimondi - Edinburgh Festival 1982

Sanctus and Agnus Dei

A young Karajan conducts the orchestra and choir of La Scala,
Milan in 1967

Lux Aeterna

This one with an older Karajan and Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, José Van Dam; Wiener Philharmoniker; Balgarska Chorova Kapela Svetoslav Obretenov

Libera Me

sung by Renee Fleming

A complete performance (1hour 26 minutes)

by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus


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