Jóhann Jóhannsson's The Miners' Hymns is the instrumental soundtrack to Bill Morrison's dolefully spare documentary about the history of coal mining in northern England. As such, it will not make a stellar accompaniment to your next barbecue. Composed for brass ensemble, organ, and a light scrim of electronics, the album takes you places that are woefully ill-suited to early summer; it feels perfect for a grim, drizzly late autumn, when wet leaves are choking gutters and the air carries the threat of pneumonia. Jóhannsson builds the album's six pieces out of a series of low tones echoing faintly across a distance, like ships through fog. Extended periods of charged silence separate each burst. The structure is firmly a meek cluster of sound, an evaporation of echoes, a blank band of dead space.
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Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ; 19 September 1969 – 9 February 2018) was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements. Jóhann released solo albums from 2002 onward. In 2016, he signed with Deutsche Grammophon, through which he released his last solo album, Orphée.
The Miners' Hymns is the score for Morrison's film of the same name, a collection of richly evocative imagery treating the plight of coalminers in Northeast England. The Miners' Hymns is performed by a 16-piece brass ensemble led by noted Icelandic conductor Gudni Franzson and features the Durham Cathedral organ and organist Robert Houssart. Exclusive discount for Prime members.
Jóhann's 'The Miners' Hymns' was recently rereleased by Deutsche Grammophon. Throughout the day, artists have intermittently performed tributes to the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson who tragically died in 2018.
Arranger, Composer, Electronics, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer.
By Jóhann Jóhannsson. 1. They Being Dead Yet Speaketh - P. - From „The Miners’ Hymns Soundtrack. 2. 3. 4. An Injury To One Is The Concern Of All - P. 5.
|I||They Being Dead Yet Speaketh||10:30|
|II||An Injury To One Is The Concern Of All||14:23|
|III||Freedom From Want And Fear||11:07|
|IV||There Is No Safe Side But The Side Of Truth||3:54|
|V||Industrial And Provident, We Unite To Assist Each Other||3:27|
|VI||The Cause Of Labour Is The Hope Of The World||7:39|
- Copyright (c) – FatCat Records
- Licensed To – FatCat Records
- Published By – Mute Song
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Jóhann Jóhannsson
- Composed By, Arranged By, Producer, Mixed By, Electronics – Jóhann Jóhannsson
- Conductor – Guðni Franzson
- Coordinator – Caroline Smith
- Cornet – Niall Thompson, Tony Thompson
- Crew [Technical Director] – Kamal Ackerie*
- Design, Layout – DLT
- Engineer – Sveinn Kjartansson
- Engineer [Live Sound] – Audun Strype
- French Horn – Alan Tokeley, Callum Mackay, David Tollington, Graham Tedd
- Liner Notes – David Metcalfe
- Organ – Robert Houssart
- Percussion – Beth Steele , Ian Wynd
- Technician [Technical Manager] – Rachel Shipp
- Trombone – Alex Trotter, Brian Gibson , John Bell , Steve Baxter
- Trumpet – Alex Maynard, Ellie Lovegrove, Russell Jackson , Thomas Glendinning
- Tuba – Eric Leckenby, Jeff Winter , Owen Wallage
NotesComes in gatefold cardboard sleeve.
An original commission for BRASS, Durham International Festival 2010.
Recorded in Durham Cathedral, September 2010.
Mixed at NTOV, Copenhagen.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 6-00116-13132-4
|LP13-13||Jóhann Jóhannsson||The Miners' Hymns (2xLP, Album)||130701||LP13-13||Europe||2011|
|NTOV8CD||Jóhann Jóhannsson||The Miners' Hymns (CD, Album)||NoTV-Records||NTOV8CD||UK||2011|
|CD13-13P||Jóhann Jóhannsson||The Miners' Hymns (CD, Album, Promo)||130701||CD13-13P||UK||2011|
|CD13-13||Jóhann Jóhannsson||The Miners' Hymns (CD, Album)||130701||CD13-13||US||2011|
|12T057||Jóhann Jóhannsson||The Miners' Hymns (CD, Album)||12 Tónar||12T057||Iceland||2011|