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O come, all ye faithful – Adeste fideles

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O come, all ye faithful
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O come, all ye faithful is a hymn on the Prose for Christmas Day and should properly be sung between the Gradual and the Gospel. The original words and melody are attributed to John Francis Wade (1711–1786) who was a member of the teaching staff of the Roman Catholic English College at Douai, a French town on the river Scarpe in the Nord department. The text was first printed in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church, the tune in Samuel Webbe’s An Essay on the Church Plain Chant, published in 1782. The present descant is by Philip Ledger.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993


Rutter: A Christmas Festival
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Adeste fideles
Adeste fideles
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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 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

Track-specific metadata for CDA66668 track 1

Recording date
15 June 1993
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Adeste fideles (CDA66668)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 1993
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