More than any other, during the winter holiday season, we revisit classic melodies — hymns and songs from the past that are loved and enjoyed annually by millions. One of the most popular is the Christian Advent hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
The modern version is thought to derive from an 8th or 12th century Latin text, 15th century French processional music, and a 19th century translation. Whatever the origin, it has a stately and hypnotic character that encourages repeated listening, and it carries a message of remembrance and longing — in this case, for the return of the Messiah.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, music for the winter holiday season on a program called WAITING FOR EMMANUEL, with timely selections by pianists DANA CUNNINGHAM, JILL TRACY, DAVID NEVUE and MONICA ROBELOTTO; plus interpretations by guitarist JOHN McLAUGHLIN, ENYA, the CELTIC ANGELS, PETER BUFFETT and THE NEW WORLD ENSEMBLE, and original compositions by JEFF JOHNSON & PHIL KEAGGY, and harpist TRINE OPSAHL.