Simon Halsey on Verdi’s Messa da Requiem

In March 2022, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin performed Verdi’s Requiem under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Simon Halsey, who rehearsed the chorus for this performance, talks about the poignant funeral music, of which he says there has “never been a time in all of human history – sadly – when this work was not significant”.

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