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Claudio Abbado RIP, Pope Benedict and Mozart's Requiem

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Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 - 20 January 2014)
Lacrimosa from Dies Irae, Mozart's Requiem

Lacrimosa dies illaQua resurget ex favillaJudicandus homo reus.Huic ergo parce, Deus:Pie Jesu Domine,Dona eis requiem. Amen.
Full of tears shall be that dayOn which from ashes shall ariseThe guilty man to be judged;Therefore, O God, have mercy on him.Gentle Lord Jesus,grant them eternal rest. Amen.
Agnus Dei, Mozart's Requiem, Lucerne Festival 2012
Pope Benedict on Mozart's Requiem
Pope Benedict attended a performance in his honour of Mozart's Requiem in Castel Gandolfo in September 2010. He gave a short address afterwards. Here are some quotations from that.
Everything is in perfect harmony in Mozart, every note, every musical phrase is as it is and could not be otherwise; even those opposed are reconciled; it is called 'mozart’sche Heiterkeit' (Mozart's serenity), which envelops everything, every moment. It is a gift of the Grace of God, but it is also the fruit of Mozart&…