Video: Leonard Cohen’s Stunning Rendition Of Hallelujah – Sydney 2010

Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Comment From Original 2010 Posting:

No one has the timbre, emotional layering, and depth that Leonard does in singing his own song. Several moments after he finishes, it’s as though he begins to slowly re-emerge back into our world, having been fully present and involved where the song resides. Thank you so much for posting this on your site, Allan.

Lizzy

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Sydney Nov 8, 2010
Video by mgwfall

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I can do two notes at a time” Leonard Cohen’s Tower Of Song With Fancy Keyboard Solo – NYC 2012

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen Channels Jerry Lee Lewis At Madison Square Garden: “That’s Nothing”

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Madison Square Garden: Dec 18, 2012
Video: James Finch

Note: Originally posted Dec 20, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Lip-synching Lennettes Perform Take This Waltz – Norwegian TV, Feb 13, 1988

This is another iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with backup singers, usually anonymous stand-ins, lip-synching his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Other videos of thee promotions can be viewed at

Thanks to Maria Cohen Viana, who alerted me to this video

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Lip-synching Lennettes Are Back To The Future – Spanish TV 1993

This appears to be the 1993 iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with backup singers, usually anonymous stand-ins, lip-synching his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Those 1988 versions can be viewed

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Spanish TV: 1993

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Bird On A Wire – Lisbon 2010

The September 10, 2010 Lisbon concert proved to be an extraordinarily impressive demonstration of musical skills and showmanship, a phenomenon asdeguia, a correspondent who was in attendance at that show, convincingly attributes to the intense complicity between the band and the audience.

As evidence of the quality of the performances, Cohencentric offers the video of “Bird On A Wire,” perhaps the song from the Leonard Cohen World Tour repertoire most sensitive to musicological nuances (for example, timing, tone, phrasing, …) and least forgiving of flaws. The presentation of “Bird On A Wire” at Lisbon is a lapidary masterpiece.

Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire
Lisbon: Sept 10, 2010
Video from Actresspt

Note: Originally posted Jan 5, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: You Want It Darker Featuring Gideon Zelermyer & Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – Montréal Symphonique Aug 19, 2017

 

Mimi Lela shot this video of the Leonard Cohen tribute at the Montréal Symphonique, a concert by Montreal’s three major orchestras (The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitai) and some of the Canada’s biggest pop artists on Mount Royal. According to Montréal Symphonique rouses crowd of thousands on Mount Royal (CBC News: Aug 19, 2017), the show was viewed by “a crowd of 80,000  and thousands more in parks across the city, where it was projected.”

Also see Video Clip: Rufus Wainwright Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Montréal – Aug 19, 2017