2011-05-06 08:46:31

Songs that nurture the faith

The strains of Vivaldi and Rossini filled the Paul the VI hall on Thursday evening in a concert given by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano marking the 6th Anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict to the See of Peter.
The music loving Pope was treated to a rendition of Vivaldi’s Creed in E minor and Rossini’s Stabat Mater which were both performed by the Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome.
At the end of this musical evening Pope Benedict expressed his great appreciation to the Italian president and those who had made the event possible.
His speech to those in the Paul the VI Hall also demonstrated the Holy Father’s knowledge of music.
The Pope described both Vivaldi and Rossini as two great Italian musicians and he remarked that it was fitting that their works should be chosen in the year that Italy celebrates its 150 year of Unification.
Recalling Vivaldi’s Creed in E minor, Pope Benedict said this work of sacred music dominated by choral singing, brings to the fore the expression of faith.
Speaking of Rossini’s masterpiece Stabat Mater, the Holy Father described it as a great
meditation on the mystery of Jesus' death and the deep sorrow of Mary.
In bringing to a close this musical celebration the Pope said, “I hope the songs tonight have nurtured our faith.” Listen to Lydia O'Kane's report here RealAudioMP3

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