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The Friday OT on a Saturday: Verdi’s Dies Irae

From his Requiem mass, Verdi rocks the house:

Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic do the honours and get it done in under two and a half minutes, which is how it should be. The loudest, scariest thing Joe Green ever wrote, done with the specific intention of worrying the hell out of people. Literally. YouTube here.

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    Absolutely. This very untypical piece is performed best by orchestras from the Germanic world (though I note that the conductor was Italian). The music fits the words perfectly. Who can fail to tremble in hearing this?

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