Monday, December 10, 2012

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Do I just like all the minor songs? Perhaps.

Anyway, this is technically an Advent hymn I think, rather than officially Christmas. Somehow I feel like this song sounds better sung by men only, I prefer the tenor and bass voices on this one. I couldn't find a high quality version that I really liked. So here's a personal video somebody recorded at St Peter's in Vatican (Latin).

I sure do love every time they come in with the "Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel" - very full and rich sound.

Actually. I like this Enya version pretty well too, even though it directly contradicts what I'd just said about male voices. Very otherworldly, as per her style.


Bbear said...

I recommend this version, by Mannheim Steamroller (

Newt said...

Oh I really like the Mannheim Steamroller version too! It does get interestingly synth-y later in the song, which I'm not sure if I love or not.

Sylvia said...

If you like carols in minor keys, you'll LOVE Finnish Christmas music--lots of it is haunting and amazing. There's a free online channel at the red "Kauneimmat Joululaulut" link. Not all the songs are classical/choral, which bugs me some (I'm a choral snob), but I think you'll find some stuff you like.

There's also a Swedish channel that's better than the Finnish one, IMHO, at (If that link doesn't work, go to and scroll down to "P2 Klassisk Jul").

Probably more info than you wanted, but I'm always ready and willing to preach the gospel of Scandinavian Christmas music, which, as I may have said before, is freaking AMAZING. I can give you specific song recommendations if you like.

Newt said...

Ah thanks for the suggestions Sylvia. Will check them out!