Verdi's Requiem with it's terrifying descending figure in the Dies irae (day of wrath), or Mozart's setting of the Tuba mirum with solo Trombone (not terrifying, but epic). These are just two examples of the Dramatic nature of many Requiem settings.
But Fauré searches for the beauty both musically and in selection of text. His choice of ending with the In Paradisum from the burial service, and not historically from the Mass of the Dead, points the audience toward a sense of hope. LCA's portions of the concert will end with this movement as well. We are blessed to have an opportunity to perform this work. I hope to add some more commentary to this discussion in the coming weeks.