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Gregorio Allegri: Miserere

After Sinatra and Strauss, now for something completely different. There is something ethereal and other-worldly about the polyphony of the late Renaissance. It has the ability to transport the listener and rejuvenate the spirit. In particular, this setting of the Miserere stops me in my tracks whenever I hear it, forcing my mind to slow down and simply absorb the music (usually with my eyes closed).

My love of sacred music developed while I was in college at the Juilliard School. Through searching for a church job during my second year, I was lucky enough to join the choir of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on West 46th & 8th. I started to enjoy the challenge of blending with other voices, singing with the purest tone possible, and discovering the vast repertory of sacred, ensemble-driven music that had previously been unknown to me.

Take twelve minutes out of your busy day, sit down with a cup of tea, and enjoy this glorious piece.

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