This discography of notable CDs will help you find just the right recording. A broad range of performance genres is available, from folk to classical. They make wonderful Christmas gifts. Personal comments on each recording are offered by Daniel Kantor.
If you know of any other notable professional CD recordings of “Night of Silence” that are not listed here, please send an email.
Night of SilenceMarty Haugen
Marty was the first of many who would eventually record this piece. I especially love how he opens with a simple guitar, very humble, and true to my original intent. This recording captures the intimacy and quietude that is Advent. Thank you, Marty.
Dawn of Redeeming GraceThe St. Olaf Christmas Festival, directed by Anton Armstrong
This is a recording of the wonderful John Ferguson arrangement. Ferguson, professor of music at St. Olaf College, and renowned composer, arranged “Night of Silence” for the College’s famed annual Christmas Festival. The video version of this same orchestra/choir recording was also broadcast on PBS nationwide. You’ll hear a full orchestra and several hundred voices produce a magical, imagistic Austrian sound.
Christmas ClassicsThe Cathedral Singers, directed by Richard Proulx
This is the first recording I know of that uses Marilyn Biery’s SATB/organ arrangement, performed by a world-class choir, orchestra and director. It has a clean, precise British sound, unlike any other recordings available. If you like the Cambridge Singers, you’ll love this recording.
A Christmas GiftYvonne Kenny
Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny has received international acclaim for her operatic roles in some of the world’s most elite opera houses. She appears regularly in concert throughout Europe and North America and has appeared at the Edinburgh, Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, at Carnegie Hall and is a regular guest at the BBC Promenade concerts. In this recording, you’ll hear her interpretation of “Night of Silence”, a lush, formal, glistening performance.
Star ChildDavid Haas
On this CD collection, you’ll hear a verse of “Night of Silence” sung in Spanish. I appreciate David’s efforts to acknowledge the Spanish-speaking world and their growing influence on popular culture and rituals. Sung beautifully by David Haas and Lori True.