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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00GNNF36O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. They Being Dead Yet Speaketh
2. An Injury to One Is the Concern of All
3. Freedom from Want and Fear
4. There Is No Safe Side But the Side of Truth
5. Industrial and Provident, We Unite to Assist Each Other
6. The Cause of Labour Is the Hope of the World

Product Description

A stunning collaboration between Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson and renowned avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) for a 16-piece brass ensemble, church organ and electronics, recorded live at Durham Cathedral. Reissued on Johann's own NTOV label in collaboration with Cobraside.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pensato on 26 Jun. 2011
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Contrary to much comment I felt that 'Fordlandia' was the weakest of Johan Johannsson's pieces to date and revealed some of his limitations - repetition without development can sometimes sound just ... repetitious. However, he has had a return to form with last year's 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees' and now with 'The Miner's Hymns'.

At times dark and brooding it finally reaches an epiphany of affirmation and hope amongst despair. I have yet to see how it works with the video images but it works eminently well as a stand alone piece.
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By Marius Gabriel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2014
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After a couple of dense and rather difficult albums (Fordlandia, And In The Endless Pause) Johann Johannsson has emerged with a spectacularly passionate collection of tracks which form a kind of requiem to working-class lives. Replete with spirituality, these songs are also filled with hope, where Fordlandia was a description of failure and obliteration.

A great success, in my opinion, even though these tracks appear to be the leftovers from the show. I am a Johansson fan, and very excited to hear what he does next.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Moss on 26 May 2012
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"Francis, William, 14 Apr 1853, aged 13, Driver, he had left his work to do the duty of another boy who was employed as a putter, and being unacquainted with the place, his head became jammed between the tub and the timber supporting the roof, he died instantly."

I remember living in Durham, a beautiful, haunted place, and seeing a single old photograph of mineworkers walking up a cobbled street, Durham cathedral in the background, and wondering what ages the cathedral walls have seen. I remember by father pointing to a small wall in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, another now-dead centre for coal mining, saying that as a child he had seen smoke rising from behind it, looked over, and seen a row of miners sitting behind it waiting for the bus, hunkered down, out of their element in the freedom of the open sky.

"Bolton, James, 29 Apr 1857, (accident: 18 Apr 1857), Onsetter, he was cleaning out the cage hole when the brakesman lowered the cage on him. Signals were made to get the cage taken up, but, in his confusion, the brakesman lowered it a second time onto Bolton, who suffered severe crush injuries and died on 29 April."

This music is a kind of a war requiem. War requiems are written after the war is over. What was just life for the people who have been made the subject of the music and film is a horror to us now, or so it is suggested. Horror is the inability to give order to, and see justice in, a recognisable reality, to wit: men have died for us. Men have suffered stunted, curtailed, servile lives; have suffered innumerable little deaths, for us.

"Taylor, John Thomas, 24 Nov 1902, aged 16, Driver, when driving, his pony crossed out and the limber end caught and displaced a prop which let down a stone upon him and killed him.
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I bought this because it was used in a documentary on William Golding. As it turned out the best pieces were commissioned for the show itself by George Fenton and appear to be unavailable. I am as sick as a parrot.
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By Mark on 30 Nov. 2014
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Love it !
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