Cape Cod Symphony Classics V Verdi Requiem
May 3 - May 4, 2014
Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor | Dana Schnitzer, Soprano | Krista River, Mezzo Soprano | Ethan Bremner, Tenor | Thomas Jones, Baritone |The Chatham Chorale | The Falmouth Chorale
Guiseppe Verdi, the master of the opera, was born 200 years ago. His family called him “a man of little faith.” Yet, he composed a requiem in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, a devout Catholic, poet, novelist, national hero… and very dear friend. To the grief-stricken composer, this Requiem was “a need of the heart.
In 1941, Nazis transported Czechoslovak composer, pianist and conductor Rafael Schächter to Terezin concentration camp. Hidden within his clothing was his treasured score of Verdi’s Requiem. That day, Schächter became serial number 128. He also became the camp’s conductor and temporary savior. Day of Wrath and Deliver Me took on a new meaning to the Jewish prisoners. It was their anthem of defiance.
In 1997, mourners heard the Requiem at Princess Diana’s funeral. In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many gathered to hear the Requiem in Liberty State park against Manhattan’s “maimed skyline.”
This requiem is the most dramatic of them all. It was written for one man, but finds a place in the heart and soul of every man. The music is about loss and sorrow. Forgiveness and mercy. Retribution and redemption. Eternal life and everlasting peace. It is not a mass for the dead. It is a mass for the living.
MESSA DA REQUIEM | GUISEPPE VERDI