Leonard Cohen's classic 1984 song "Hallelujah" is, without a doubt, one of the most-loved and covered songs. From ethereal versions performed on crystal glasses filled with water, to a surprise cover performed by an Irish priest at a wedding, Cohen's anthem exploring faith, doubt, temptation, and the pains of love is embedded with themes that anyone — even those unfamiliar with some of the territory explored in Biblical allegory — can relate to, in a harmonic progression that soars as high as it sinks.
One of the best known covers of the song was performed by Rufus Wainwright for the Shrek soundtrack album (it was, however, Velvet Underground alum John Cale's much moodier version that actually appeared in the film).
Wainwright recently performed "Hallelujah" again on June 11, but this time he was joined by a choir of 1,500 singers gathered for the Luminato Festival held at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto, Canada.
The result is unforgettably stirring: a truly beautiful expression of the power and majesty found in voices combined in joy, hope, and unity.