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O come, O come, Emmanuel

composer
fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional, National Library, Paris
arranger
author of text
Advent Antiphons
translator of text

 
The setting of O come, O come, Emmanuel by Andrew Carter (b1939) is an effective arrangement of the well-known Advent hymn. The words are adaptions by J M Neale of the so-called ‘Great Advent Antiphons’, sometimes known as the ‘O’ Antiphons as each of the texts in Latin begins with the word O. These are sung as follows:

O sapientia: O wisdom—December 16
O Adonaï: O Adonaï—December 17
O radix Jesse: O root of Jesse—December 18
O clavis David: O key of David—December 19
O oriens: O dayspring—December 20
O Rex gentium: O King of the nations—December 21
O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel—December 22
O Virgo virtutem: O Virgin of virtues—December 23

The inclusion of this great Advent hymn is, therefore, a neat summary of the various elements of the Advent message.

from notes by William McVicker © 1997

Recordings

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1Super-budget price sampler — Download only

Details

Track 17 on CDH55463 [3'59]
Track 19 on NOEL1 [3'59] Super-budget price sampler — Download only

Track-specific metadata for NOEL1 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-99417
Duration
3'59
Recording date
26 June 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent at St Paul's (CDA66994)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: December 2011
    Superseded by CDH55463
  2. Advent at St Paul's (CDH55463)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 2012
  3. Christmas through the ages (NOEL1)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: October 2001
    Deletion date: November 2012
    Super-budget price sampler — Download only
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