Except in humor, I’m ever so leery of pronouncing this or that the most something or other.
This, however, just might be “The Most Beautiful ‘Ave Maria‘ I’ve ever heard.”
Mind you, I’ve heard a lot of renditions of the Schubert and Bach-Gounod versions, and a lot of really good ones at that. The one linked above is just delightful, with two perfect, spine-tingling moments — at 1:35 and at 2:50.
The composer is one Michał Loren, a Polish composer whose name I hadn’t heard before finding this beautiful composition. I’ll be doing some research on this guy, you can be sure of that.
I’ll be searching also for other interpretations of Ave Maria by Loren. I’ll let you know what I come up with.
If you have the chance, go to the link above, turn the lights down, and turn the volume up to a level where the lady singing it might be singing in the same room as you.
Then, loop it several times. Maybe five. Or more.
No need to watch the affecting video, because that might diminish the contemplative mood that this will surely inspire. However, the video’s quite nice too. Some good actors portraying quite well (IMHO) what must have been the overwhelming majesty of the moment being depicted.
Side note: I wonder — how does an actor or actress coming off a performance like the one linked above, not come out of it as a devoted Christian craving other such parts, or other ways to get that vastly expanded consciousness feeling again? There’s only one way: accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and turn your life over to Him. If you’ve done that, then you know what the actors are only depicting really well.