I've given choral music a thread of its own on other forums and it's high time I did the same here. It helps to take the weight off the classical thread and I know there are those who appreciate choral music but don't necessarily want to plough through a general classical topic to find it.
Let's kick off with a thrilling slab of Handel, his Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest:
This one went missing in the "Stravinsky" topic after I did a runner first time round. Allegri's Miserere has a fantastic history--real truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stuff. Wikipedia (to whom I profusely apologize for not donating but you see I've sworn off internet donations with a single exception) can tell the story best (see below). This for me is the definitive version from 1963 with a young Roy Goodman taking the soaring treble solo--surely one of the seminal moments in all recorded choral music:
I love Fauré's Requiem, particularly René Leibowitz's luminous rendition, but the closing section, "In Paradisum", was quite a difficult listen this morning on UK radio. (I'm not sure the image here is helping things either.) Rest in peace, my friend.