Israeli army performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Israeli army performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2014

The instrumentation is interesting and the atmosphere cool, but the song is stripped of its low-down-and-dirty intimacy and the translation into Hebrew is downright awkward.

The great singer-songwriter, 80 next month, has  never wavered in his devotion to Israel.

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  • Mark Mortimer says:

    One of the greatest songs of all time. I’ve arranged it for choir. Would be interesting to hear in Hebrew. The Pentatonic nature of the melody sounds quite Yiddish anyway- so might work well.

  • Michael Schaffer says:

    Well, if you just click on the link NL provided (where it says “Click here”), you can actually hear it in Hebrew.