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Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Miners' Hymns album download
Title: The Miners' Hymns
Country: Europe
Style:Soundtrack, Modern Classical, Brass Band, Ambient
Released: 2011
MP3 album szie: 1614 mb
FLAC album size: 1666 mb

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.

Complete your Jóhann Jóhannsson collection.

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

Companies, etc.

  • 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


Comes 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

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
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
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Reviews: (2)
Beautiful. "Industrial and provident, we unite to assist each other" is something you play on your father's funeral.
This one's just not holding my interest, even though I've seen him live and was utterly enthralled. I've been debating how to approach this new album and it basically is best viewed as unfinished. This new film score sounds unfinished. Over the years, Johannsson has consistently delivered thoroughly uncompromising work so it's not so surprising that he misfires somewhat on 'The Miners' Hymns'. It isn't even dull or lacking in creativity, Johann simply didn't spend enough time on his latest. I know I heard some of these tracks when he played live last year, they sounded very different to what is on this compact disc. Ah well, I always have his vast back catalog to fall back on, his previous film score 'And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees' fascinated my senses. Don't expect to see many reviews of this new one as it crept out very slyly, with the only notice of it's existence being delivered via his website. There are some arrangements which could have been riveting and who knows, he may come back and finish what has been begun on 'The Miners' Hymns' but until that happens it is what it is.There is an oft-used phrase which sums up this release perfectly: great art is never finished, only abandoned. In much the same way you can look anywhere in the US and find skeletal steel remains of industrial expansion which fueled the ill-fated housing boom , so Johann's newest is left to hang uneasily in the swaying winds of opinionated personal tastes. Oh what this could have been, it's similar to the disillusionment I felt when I learned of Frank Tovey's death while he was recording a new Fad Gadget album. The potential lost, the chance for further exploration smothered. I will continue to listen to this collection of hymns and it may expand with further exposure but as it stands, this is a claustrophobic exercise in borderline tinnitus.