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On My Journey Now: Spirituals & Hymns / Lester Lynch, baritone; Victor Simonson & Brian Farrell, pianos; ART Singers; Oakland School of the Arts Ens.

Audio Samples

  1. On My Journey Now — Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Arr. M. Hogan) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. On My Journey Now — On My Journey Now (Arr. J.C. Britton) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. On My Journey Now — Give Me Jesus (Arr. M. Hayes) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. On My Journey Now — Kumbaya (Arr. B. Farrell & N. Faingold) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. On My Journey Now — Go Down Moses (Arr. H.T. Burleigh, N. Faingold & L. Lynch) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. On My Journey Now — Deep River (Arr. H.T. Burleigh) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. On My Journey Now — Amazing Grace (Arr. V. Simonson) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. On My Journey Now — Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho (Arr. L. Lynch & V. Simonson) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. On My Journey Now — Stand Still Jordan (Arr. H.T. Burleigh) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. On My Journey Now — Wade in the Water (Arr. L. Lynch, V. Simonson & B. Farrell) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. On My Journey Now — My Lord, What a Morning (Arr. H.T. Burleigh, V. Simonson, L. Lynch & N. Faingold) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. On My Journey Now — Were You There? (Arr. H.T. Burleigh) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. On My Journey Now — Every Time I Feel the Spirit (Arr. H.T. Burleigh & V. Simonson) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. On My Journey Now — Battle Hymn of the Republic (Arr. P.J. Wilhousky, N. Faingold & L. Lynch) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. On My Journey Now — Let Us Break Bread Together (Arr. M. Hogan) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. On My Journey Now — My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) [Arr. V. Simonson, L. Lynch & N. Faingold] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. On My Journey Now — Ride On, King Jesus! (Arr. F.H. Johnson) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. On My Journey Now — Dream Big Speak Loud (Arr. V. Simonson & N. Faingold) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
>Traditional Spiritual : Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
>Traditional Spiritual : On Mah Journey Now, Mount Zion
>Traditional Spiritual : Give Me Jesus, spiritual
>Traditional, African : Kumbaya, folk song
>Traditional Spiritual : Go Down Moses
>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Ain't-a That Good News, for voice & piano
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Traditional Spiritual : Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
>Traditional Spiritual : The Blind Man Stood on the Road and Cried, spiritual
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Stan' still, Jordan
>Traditional Spiritual : Wade in the Water
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : By an' by
>Traditional Spiritual : My Lord, What a Morning
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Were You There?
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Don't you weep when I'm gone
>Steffe, William : Battle Hymn of the Republic
>Hogan, Moses : Let Us Break Bread Together, for voice & piano
>Crouch, Andrae : My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)
>Traditional, American : He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
>Traditional Spiritual : Ride On, King Jesus
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Life affirming, defiant and uplifting, there is nothing quite like the extraordinary power and simplicity of American Spirituals to move and inspire, abundantly demonstrated here by the acclaimed American operatic baritone Lester Lynch in this new release from Pentatone of familiar and well-loved spirituals and hymns. Conceived under conditions of tremendous hardship, these emotionally charged songs speak of the indomitable human will to live and to triumph over despair against the odds. Defiant and jubilant, they communicate the unquenchable longing for freedom and salvation. "I have dreamed of recording this album from the inception of my career," writes Lester Lynch in the accompanying album notes. "To realize that dream at this particular moment in time, to record these songs of freedom...echoes the spiritual tradition and revolutionary act of those who raised their voices in song against brutality and inequality." Lester Lynch personally chose and arranged the songs in this release, each with a particular accompaniment - piano, organ, acoustic guitar, violin, trumpet, harmonica, drum and djembe. "Music speaks to and heals the human spirit," writes Lynch. "These songs have had a profound effect on American history. I sing them to honor those who struggled (and died) for freedom, and it is my hope that they will spark the light of freedom anew for every listener."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, San Rafael, CA (09/2015/10/2015).



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Works Details

>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • Performers: Phil Berkowitz (Harmonica); John Britton (Guitar); Lester Lynch (Baritone)
  • Ensemble: ART Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Written: by 1865

>Traditional Spiritual : Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Oakland School of the Arts Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
  • Performers: Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : On Mah Journey Now, Mount Zion
  • Performers: John Britton (Guitar); Lester Lynch (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.

>Traditional Spiritual : Give Me Jesus, spiritual
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Lester Lynch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, African : Kumbaya, folk song
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Craig Miller (Djembe)
  • Ensemble: North Caroilina School of the Arts Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 19th Century

>Traditional Spiritual : Go Down Moses
  • Performers: Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Written: by 1875

>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Ain't-a That Good News, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Don Lewis [Keys/Programming] (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performers: Phil Berkowitz (Harmonica); John Britton (Guitar); Lester Lynch (Baritone)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Traditional Spiritual : Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Traditional Spiritual : The Blind Man Stood on the Road and Cried, spiritual
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Stan' still, Jordan
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : Wade in the Water
  • Performers: Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : By an' by
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : My Lord, What a Morning
  • Performers: Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Igor Pikayzen (Violin); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Were You There?
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : Don't you weep when I'm gone
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Steffe, William : Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Performers: Chris Barnes [Trumpet/Flugelhorn] (Trumpet); Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1862

>Hogan, Moses : Let Us Break Bread Together, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Crouch, Andrae : My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)
  • Performers: Brian Farrell (Organ); Lester Lynch (Baritone); Igor Pikayzen (Violin); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, American : He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Ensemble: North Caroilina School of the Arts Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Written: by 1865

>Traditional Spiritual : Ride On, King Jesus
  • Performers: Lester Lynch (Baritone); Victor Simonson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865