One of the best-known melodies worldwide, it has been called the “song of world peace”. The song “Silent night, holy night“ was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 in Oberndorf on the River Salzach, and has become legendary.
This CD celebrates the anniversary in 2018, illustrating in music the story surrounding what is perhaps the loveliest – and certainly most famous – Christmas carol. The recordings were made in the places where Gruber and Mohr worked, where the carol originated, and from where it set out into the wide world. The CD includes not only the original version, but also further pieces composed by Gruber for the Christmas period, seasonal texts by Joseph Mohr, and sacred songs and cantatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Michael Haydn.