This is a good week to refresh our standard of "timelessness." The church, composer, composition, and performance all have intrigues. But we needn't know any of that to be moved. The first Top-C arrives at about 1:45.
Miserere, also called "Miserere mei, Deus" by Gregorio Allegri performed by the Tallis Scholars in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
If words would do, we wouldn't need music, art, or architecture to reveal our highest notes.
You'll probably enjoy a few other versions of the work:
- Allegri: Miserere / Harry Christophers sung by a bigger ensemble with English subtitles.
- Miserere Mei Deus - Kings College Chapel Choir with a boy doing the Top-C
- You can follow the score if you read music. It's a little out of focus.