5 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Composer Julia Wolfe teams with Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street to create a multi-discipline retelling of Pennsylvania coal miners’ plight at the turn of the 20th century. Based on personal interviews, historical documents, and local mining lore, this 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner uses elements of classical, rock, and folk to create a mesmerizing work brimming with passion and athleticism while connecting labor history to the current day.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Composer Julia Wolfe teams with Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street to create a multi-discipline retelling of Pennsylvania coal miners’ plight at the turn of the 20th century. Based on personal interviews, historical documents, and local mining lore, this 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner uses elements of classical, rock, and folk to create a mesmerizing work brimming with passion and athleticism while connecting labor history to the current day.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

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5 Ratings

Black Ark ,

Another stunning hybrid

Julia Wolfe is able to channel her influences -- especially Appalachian folk and vocal styles -- in beautiful, crafty and chilling ways that elude most modern composers. This is a great companion to her John Henry folktale tribute Steel Hammer (with Trio Mediaeval), and really raises the bar in terms of what an agile ensemble like the All-Stars can produce when given a bristling new composition that says simply, "Go for it."

Lost A Sock ,

the update that oratorio

this is hybrid operatic instrumental classical with all the colors of Americana, and a harrowing message that reminds us of the blood and dirt our society was built upon. much deserving of a pulitzer and one of the top albums of the year.

Robbery B ,

Unlike anything else

Anthracite Fields is a vibrant mix of colors, styles, and emotions that only Bang on a Can could achieve. With swelling film score moments, hysterical broadway-esque passages, and unexpected rhythmic and timbral shifts, this theatric album brings to life the tragedy and distress of an overlooked window of American history. Between the uniquely thoughtful composition and the performers' brilliant abilities, it makes absolute sense to me why this won the Pulitzer prize.

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