Classical Song of the Week: Miserere Mei, Deus
Remains my favorite classical choral piece to date. There are many versions of Miserere, some sung by contemporary groups and others by traditional cathedral choirs. I do think that the gravity of this piece is best conveyed through traditional church choirs that still employ boy sopranos. I am not a treble purist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do prefer the timbre of a young boy’s voice as the Soprano I soars to an unbelievably clear C6.
This particular performance is by the King’s College Chapel Choir, certainly one group that I follow closely. A very tight performance, as usual. The theme of this piece is forgiveness and seeking of redemption. Although I am not religious myself, I find that the song adopts an entirely novel level of enjoyment when one frames it as a lament – a plea for forgiveness to the Judeo-Christian god. Very nice.