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Fauré: A Requiem For A Healthy Young Man?

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Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor between 1887 and 1890"

Gabriel Fauré began composing his Requiem in D minor at an unusual time - in his 30s, and nowhere near the end of his life. This setting of the Mass for the Dead for orchestra, chorus, and two soloists is famous for its central soprano aria Pie Jesu - also known as the "lullaby" requiem.

As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the soprano Susanna Phillips says doing justice to this piece is a little like being in love. You'll hear Faure's Requiem, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday October 12 at 1 pm.

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Listen to more of Jim Cotter's interview with soprano, Susanna Phillips.