Shall We Gather
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A beautiful collection of some of America's favorite hymn tunes.

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 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.
Contents:
Anonymous, composer
Liberty Hall (Lord, in Thy Presence)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. John W. Work, composer
Rise, Shine, for Thy Light Is A-Comin'
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Alfred Scott-Gatty, composer
Welwyn (O Brother Man)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

J.C. Lowry, composer
Pisgah (The Lord's My Shepherd)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
Poor Rosy
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. John W. Work, composer
I've Just Come from the Fountain
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. Harry T. Burleigh, composer
Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
Nettleton (Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. James Christopher, composer
Wondrous Love (What Wondrous Love Is This?)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. Theodore F. Seward, composer
Gospel Train
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

George F. Root, composer
Shining Shore (My Days are Gliding Swiftly By)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
More Love
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Abraham W. Binder, composer
In Mercy, Lord (In Mercy, Lord, Incline Thine Ear)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Robert Lowry, composer
Beautiful River (Shall We Gather at the River)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. John W. Work, composer
Some of These Days
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
The Old Ship of Zion
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Alexander Reinagle, composer
St. Peter (In Christ There Is No East or West)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Charles Zeuner, composer
Missionary Chant (Awake, Our Souls)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. Thomas W. Carter, composer
Old Ship of Zion (What Ship Is This?)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. John W. Work, composer
Inching Along
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Lowell Mason, composer
Watchman (Watchman, Tell Us of the Night)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
Hurry On, My Weary Soul
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. B.F. White, composer
Morning Trumpet (O When Shall I See Jesus)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. John W. Work, composer
He's a Mighty Good Leader
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. William Appling, composer
Hold On
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Anonymous, composer
Resignation (My Shepherd Will Supply My Need)
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

arr. William Appling, composer
We Shall Walk Through the Valley
William Appling Singers, William Appling, conductor

Review:
"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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