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By Nicholas Luciano
For the Salisbury Post
A review for Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” (1874) could easily get bogged down with synonyms for monumental, so I’ve decided to get them out of the way from the start.
The work is colossal, transcendental, massive and awe-inspiring. The Salisbury Symphony’s April 9 performance of the work undoubtedly lived up to the billing.
The performance’s circumstances were no less impressive. During the initial movement, the “Introit” or “introduction,” there is a moment when the choir sings a hymn without orchestral accompaniment. I was reminded that even the members of the largest of the concert’s seven contributing choirs had never performed with over half of the group. The entire choir, primarily students and community singers, should be commended for deftly navigating a difficult piece with people they had just met.