A Musical Interlude...
April 24, 2020 2:18 PM   Subscribe

Gregorio Allegri's Miserere mei, Deus performed by the Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short and filmed at St Bartholomew the Great, London...
posted by jim in austin (12 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is lovely. Thank you so much.
posted by angiep at 2:31 PM on April 24 [2 favorites]


Absolutely gorgeous.

Is that dude all in black singing from the wings there for acoustic purposes or is Benedict Cumberbatch about to show up to solve the murder of a long lost relative of Mozart?
posted by gwint at 2:48 PM on April 24 [3 favorites]


The short solo that starts at like 1:36 is gorgeous <3
posted by Vibrissa at 3:02 PM on April 24 [2 favorites]


Wonderful. Though now I sorely miss singing with the choir.
posted by meinvt at 3:16 PM on April 24 [2 favorites]


A golden oldie. I have heard so many different performances of this one, all lovely, usually with boy sopranos.
posted by Peach at 6:49 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


This is such a beautiful piece of music, and the video is gorgeous. When that little soprano unhinges her jaw to produce that high note, I get the most incredible chill.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 7:02 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


usually with boy sopranos

Yes, all parts would have been done by males but we seem to be fresh out of castrati...
posted by jim in austin at 8:16 PM on April 24


Thank you so much!
posted by mumimor at 4:41 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]


just lovely!
posted by leslies at 6:17 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]


When that little soprano unhinges her jaw to produce that high note, I get the most incredible chill.

And she doesn't seem to know exactly what to do with her hands...
posted by jim in austin at 2:06 PM on April 25


There's a cool story behind the Miserere. At some point the piece was closely guarded and it became forbidden to transcribe the music, (quoting the wiki) "According to the popular story (backed by family letters), fourteen-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was visiting Rome when he first heard the piece during the Wednesday service. Later that day, he wrote it down entirely from memory, returning to the Chapel that Friday to make minor corrections. Less than three months after hearing the song and transcribing it, Mozart had gained fame for the work and was summoned to Rome by Pope Clement XIV, who showered praise on him for his feat of musical genius and awarded him the Chivalric Order of the Golden Spur on July 4, 1770"
posted by storybored at 8:22 AM on April 26 [2 favorites]


I love this performance and have heard it dozens of times. Thing is, I was convinced I had found it off MetaFilter to begin with...
posted by Harald74 at 9:35 AM on April 26 [1 favorite]


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