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Verdi: Messa da Requiem - I. Introit and Kyrie
by Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
"Requiem" (also called "Requiem Mass" and, in Italian, "Messa da requiem per l’anniversario della morte di Manzoni 22 maggio 1874") was intended by Giuseppe Verdi as a memorial to a departed hero - the poet, playwright and novelist Alessandro Manzoni. It premiered in Milan on May 22, 1874, and is Verdi's largest-scale non-operatic work. Here is the opening part:

INTROIT
(From 4 Esdras 2:34–35; Psalm 64:1-2)

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem:
exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

(Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Zion;
and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem:
hear my prayer;
all flesh shall come to Thee.
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.)

This is as the KYRIE in the Ordinary of the Mass:

Kyrie, eleison.
Christe, eleison.
Kyrie, eleison.

(Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Main choristers: Margaret Price, soprano; Vinson Cole, tenor; Linda Finnie, mezzo-soprano; Bonaldo Giaiotti, bass. Choral director: Margaret Hillis.
Posted: 15th May 2019
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