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Five requiems to nearly rival Verdi's

August 12, 2013|By Marcia Adair

Many think Verdi's "Requiem" is the best setting. It's the one that Gustavo Dudamel will conduct this week at the Hollywood Bowl.

But with about 2,000 requiems in existence, it's a bit of a task to say definitively that Verdi's is tops. To get you started on the journey, here are five that run, at the very least, close behind.

Mozart

"Requiem in D minor," K. 626, 1793

Immortalized in the film "Amadeus," this piece wasn't finished before Mozart died, leaving musicologists over the years the delicious task of finishing it. Several versions exist.

Listen to this track: "Recordare"

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