Yesterday I listened to the Karl Jenkins Requiem, with its contrasts of pounding beats and meditative Japanese songs.
I've sung the Verdi, Brahms, Mozart and Faure Requiems over the years. A long time ago I had the amazing opportunity to accompany the Australian soprano, Joan Carden, singing the Pie Jesu from the Faure Requiem in a little country church in Cheshire, at an international family gathering of Cardens from all over the world.
Last night I subdued the sound of the oxygen machine with the Durufle Requiem, which I had never heard before.
I've got the Mozart Requiem loaded ready on my mp3 player.
I'm just thankful, that, unlike the first disciples, we know how the story ends.
| picture taken from a blogpost by Fr Stephen Heard |