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CCSO Classics Series: Verdi Requiem

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CCSO Classics Series: Verdi Requiem

Guiseppe Verdi 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 thegrief-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

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