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.


4 comments:

Bbear said...

I recommend this version, by Mannheim Steamroller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq2my9m0xmM)

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 http://www.jouluradio.fi--click 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 http://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?ProgramId=3036. (If that link doesn't work, go to http://www.listenlive.eu/christmas.html 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!