Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus
Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short
One of the greatest masterpieces ever written.
It was intended to be performed only once a year – during Holy Week – in the Sistine Chapel. The manuscript of the work was stored in the Chapel’s archive and, under threat of excommunication, it was not allowed to take it out, copy and distribute it.
The work itself is a sublime nine-voice setting of Psalm 51.
Teenager Mozart, once heard Allegri’s Miserere being performed in the Sistine Chapel wrote down the entire work from memory… /www.classicfm.com /