"Silent Night is almost an impossibility. That Dana could find new life in this repertoire and even manages to make us feel we’re hearing these pieces for the first time is nothing shy of miraculous." –– Will Ackerman, Grammy Winner and founder of Windham Hill Records
“This is Christmas music that you could actually listen to all year round.” – Allison Myers, Center for Digital Story Telling
Two years after her critically acclaimed debut album, Dancing at the Gate, Dana Cunningham released this recording with original arrangements of traditional Christmas carols that leads the listener through nearly an hour of serene, yet evocative, music. Featuring cellist Max Dyer of the Houston Symphony, this album has become a perennial favorite.
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"Each listening is a fresh opening." – Rob Richardson, M.D., poet
"These are the carols I have loved to sing through the years. Melodies — heard perhaps a thousand times — that are still somehow fresh and new. I offer them as an invitation, as an ancient door, to the deep, universal place of Love and Peace that is Christmas. May we truly abide in this place in ways that heal the world." — Dana Cunningham
"Within every human being are doors that lead into the inner sanctuary . . . these are ancient doors like the doors of the temple, and what we are encouraged to do is to be 'door keepers.' We open the ancient doors not just for ourselves but for one another and the world." — from J. Philip Newell's Echoes of the Soul
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. O Come, All Ye Faithful
3. Angels We Have Heard on High
4. Once in Royal David's City
5. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
6. The First Noel
7. In the Bleak Midwinter
8. Carol of the Bells
9. Joy to the World
10. Away in a Manger
11. Silent Night
Total time: 48:37
All compositions © 2004 Dana Cunningham
All piano arrangements composed by Dana Cunningham
Dana Cunningham: Piano, Vocal Harmonies
Max Dyer: Cello
Recorded, mixed and mastered by
Gerry Putnam, CedarHouse Sound, North Sutton, NH
Produced by Dana Cunningham
Art Direction and Design: Bruce Kennett
Cover: 'Winter Eve'
The Little White Church in Eaton, NH
painted by Marjorie Kendrick
CD manufactured by Optical Disc Solutions.
I give thanks for all those who expressed their love in so many ways and who now shine from within this music.
My deepest gratitude to Peg, June and Peter, Ann, Margee, Jay and Marcee, Janey, and Sue.
Thanks to Scott, Bruce, Wiley, Theresa, Carol, Elizabeth, Tejan and Ella and to Gerry and Max for their amazing contributions.