Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sacred Treasures II: Choral Masterworks from the Sistine Chapel (1999)

I'm listening to music at the bookstore (yes, they still exist, even if it's only the box store variety) and the track "It's Too Late" from bvdub's Return To Tonglu comes in.

I'm always excited to see a track of his pop up as I've not been able to listen to everything he has put due to the sheer volume of his releases.  All part of the journey...

Within seconds I recognize Allegri's "Miserere" and am thrilled as this holds a special place in my heart due to it's arrival during a period of serious soul searching.  Moments like these weave together all of those disparate elements of musical variety and highlights how it is all connected.

So, to highlight that moment, here is Volume II of the Sacred Treasures series from the Hearts of Space label which contains a reworking of Allegri's Miserere

Some folks complain about the addition of horns and the "new age" feel to it but it was my first experience with the piece and is quite special.

If you're really into it there are many versions of it out there.  The Tallis Scholars' version seems to get high marks.

Very serene and soothing.



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