19:02 - BENEDICT XVI: CONCERT, GOD HAS A DIFFERENT STYLE
Antonio Vivaldis sacred music which holds a significant place in his production and is of great value, especially because it expresses his faith, is still very much unknown. Benedict XVI recalled this during the concert offered to him in the Paul VI Hall this evening by the president of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano to mark the 7th anniversary of his election to the Pontificate. The ‘Magnificat we listened to - the Pontiff said - is the song of praise of Mary and of all the humble of heart who recognise and celebrate with joy and gratitude the action of God in their lives and in history; of God who has a different ‘style from mans, because He takes the side of the poor to give them hope. The Holy Father remarked that in the two pieces of sacred music by Giuseppe Verdi (Et exultavit, Et misericordia), the register changes: we see the pain of Mary at the foot of the Cross: Stabat Mater dolorosa. And there, music becomes essential, it almost ‘clings to the words to express their content in the highest way possible, with a profusion of feelings.