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O come, O come, Emmanuel – Veni Emmanuel

First line:
O come, O come, Emmanuel
fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional, National Library, Paris
author of text
1710; Cologne
translator of text

O come, O come, Emmanuel is an Advent carol, a fervent plea to the Saviour to come and redeem mankind in accordance with the Old Testament prophecies, with, at the close of each verse, a brief refrain rejoicing in the message those prophecies convey. The words, written in Cologne in 1710 and translated by T A Lacey (1853–1931), are based on ancient Advent antiphons. The melody is from a fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional kept in the National Library in Paris, adapted by Thomas Helmore (1811–1890) and freely arranged by James O’Donnell. The spirit is one of quiet assurance and timeless devotion.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993


Adeste fideles
Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas with the King's Singers
SIGCD502Download only
Hymns from King's
Studio Master: KGS0014Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master: SIGCD346Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 3 on CDA66668 [3'25]
Track 1 on CDA68299 [3'29]
Track 17 on KGS0014 [4'17] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD346 [3'30] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD387 [3'19] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD502 [3'05] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66668 track 3

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 3
    Release date: October 1993
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