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Shall We Gather - American Hymns & Spirituals / Appling


Release Date: 09/25/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 476   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousTraditionalHenry Thacker BurleighRobert Lowry,   ... 
Performer:  William ApplingCynthia Richards WallaceKaren KreugerJonathan Goodman,   ... 
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most of the hymns on this recording were written in the 19th century or before, when Americans in general thought more about God than they do today. Our minds nowadays are occupied with other subjects. And yet, surprisingly, our greater familiarity with doubt may help us to hear these hymns more clearly than people in former times could have done. To us a hymn may stand out more vividly against the immensity of the surrounding doubt-filled silence. Faith is not something you have, it's something you do; the same can be said of art. As an act of faith or a work of art, a hymn exists in that uncertain moment between giving up and going on. A hymn is an inspired decision to go on. The hymns and spirituals on this recording are among the great Read more discoveries faith has made about itself, through words and music that now belong to us all. For a period of about 250 years, from the arrival of the Puritans to nearly the end of the 19th century, the most pervasive musical form in America was the hymn. While Protestant hymns and Negro spirituals were certainly the predominant hymnody in America throughout this time, other denominational hymns were written and sung as well. The first hymnal for the Jewish congregation in Charleston, South Carolina was compiled in 1843 and the Shakers have given us some of the most beautiful and interesting religious songs that have been written in America. This recording was made at a live concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church in New York City. Beautifully sung by the William Appling Singers, this recording will satisfy both the Americana scholar, the music lover and those of faith.

REVIEWS:

"No frills, no fuss. Just honest plain-spun hymn singing... It's a lovely program." (American Record Guide)

"In 27 selections...William Appling and his eponymous chorus explore a well-chosen selection of American folk hymns and spirituals...The 13-voice chorus sings them tunefully and...with just the right amount of idiomatic flavor..." (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lord, in Thy presence by Anonymous
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
The Lord is My Shepherd by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This setting of "The Lord is My Shepherd is set to the tune "Pisgah" attributed to J.C. Lory. 
3.
Let us Cheer the Weary Traveler by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performer:  William Appling (Organ)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Thi setting of "Come, Thou Fount of every blessing" is set to the Anonymous tune "Nettleton." 
5.
Gospel Train by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Theodore F. Seward (1877) 
6.
Shall we gather at the river? by Robert Lowry
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Brooklyn, New York, 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Watchman by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Hold on by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: William Appling and William McClelland (1999) 
9.
We shall walk through the valley in peace by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: William Appling (1965) 
10.
O When Shall I See Jesus by Anonymous
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Benjamin Franklin White (1847)
This arrangement is titled "Morning Trumpet." 
11.
Rise, shine, for Thy Light is a-comin' by Traditional
Performer:  Cynthia Richards Wallace (Soprano), Karen Kreuger (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John W. Work (1940) 
12.
Welwyn by Alfred Scott-Gatty
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Poor Rosy by Traditional
Performer:  Jonathan Goodman (Tenor), Mark Wagstrom (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
I've just come from the fountain by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John W. Work (1940) 
15.
Wondrous love by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: James Christopher 
16.
Shining Shore by George Root
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
More love by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1876; New Hampshire, USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
In mercy, Lord, incline thine ear by Abraham Binder
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Some of these days by Traditional
Performer:  Emily Eyre (Mezzo Soprano), Cynthia Richards Wallace (Soprano), Thom Baker (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John W. Work (1940) 
20.
The Old Ship of Zion by Traditional
Performer:  Jonathan Goodman (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
St. Peter by Alexander R. Reinagle
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; England 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This tune is set to text by W. A. Dunkerly (John Oxenham) written in 1908 and titled "In Christ there is no East or West". 
22.
Missionary Chant by Charles Zeuner
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Boston, Massachusett 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Inching Along by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection presents two arrangements in succession, the first by John W. Work (1940), the second by J. Rosamund Johnson (1925). 
24.
Hurry on, my weary soul by Traditional
Performer:  Jane Gunter McCoy (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Albert Christ-Janer, Charles W. Hughes, and Carleton Sprague Smith (1980) 
25.
He's a mighty good leader by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John W. Work (1940) 
26.
Resignation by Traditional
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1835 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1999 
Venue:  Live  Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 

Featured Sound Samples

Gospel Train (Traditional)
Some of These Days (Traditional)
Hold On (Traditional)

Sound Samples

Lord, in thy presence
Rise, shine, for thy light is a-comin'
O Brother Man
The Lord is my shepherd
Poor Rosy
I've just come from the fountain
Let us cheer the weary traveler
Come, thou fount of every blessing
What wondrous love is this: ?
Gospel Train
My days are gliding swiftly by
More Love
In mercy, Lord, incline thine ear
Shall we gather at the river?
Some of These Days
The Old Ship of Zion
In Christ there is no east or west
Awake, our souls
What ship is this?
Inching Along
Watchman, tell us of the night
Hurry on, my weary soul
O when shall I see Jesus
He's a mighty good leader
Hold On
My shepherd will supply my need
We shall walk through the valley

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