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O come, all ye faithful – Adeste fideles

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O come, all ye faithful
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This renowned Christmas hymn—Adeste, fideles in its original Latin—first appeared in print in an English collection of 1751, Cantus diversi. The compiler, J. F. Wade, was a Catholic music copyist based in Douai, who may himself have composed the tune; the anonymous text is a poetic expansion of the phrase ‘Venite, adoremus Dominum’ which is proper to Christmas Day matins. During the nineteenth century the text was translated into English and the music underwent successive alterations, the hymn not assuming its familiar present form until it was included in The English Hymnal in 1906.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2008

Recordings

100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rutter: A Christmas Festival
COLCD133Download only
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas at St John's Cambridge
CDA67576
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas Star
CSCD503Download only
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Nativity
CDA67443
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on CDA66668 [3'50]
Track 17 on CDA67443 [5'13]
Track 21 on CDA67576 [3'54]
Track 1 on COLCD133 [4'09] Download only
Track 22 on CSCD503 [3'58] Download only
Track 8 on KGS0001 CD2 [4'27] Download only
Track 25 on KGS0007 [4'29] Download only
Track 15 on KGS0033-D CD1 [4'29] Download only
Track 5 on KGS0033-D CD2 [4'36] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD108 [3'59] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD386 [5'26] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD387 [4'01] Download only
Track 20 on SIGCD460 [2'39] Download only

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