This video has it all – as far as a consideration of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in Iceland goes.1 Included are bits of an interview, an Icelandic cover of “Hallelujah,” and, most importantly, a version of “Hallelujah” sung by Cohen (with backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen) that is not only distinct from every other rendition of that song I’ve heard before but perhaps the most moving performance of “Hallelujah” by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Consider it a gift fit for the holidays.
Leonard Cohen – “Halleluja” – Iceland
Video from RockofAges1
- Although it’s not documented on YouTube, this appears to be from the June 24, 1988 concert in Reykjavik, Iceland, which was used in a program broadcast on Icelandic TV. [↩]