Paul McCartney Ocean's Kingdom 180g 2LP
180g Audiophile Double Vinyl Edition! Haunting and Beautiful Score Written For the New York City Ballet By Sir Paul McCartney!
Ocean's Kingdom is the legendary Sir Paul McCartney's highly anticipated
original orchestral score recorded early in 2011 with the London Classical
Orchestra. The haunting and beautiful score was written for the New York City
Ballet and is his first-ever orchestral piece written specifically for the world
of dance. Ocean's Kingdom is a collaboration between McCartney and the New York
City Ballet's Master in Chief Peter Martins.
Though the work is Paul's first ballet, he approached the project in the same
way he writes all other music, driven by his heart rather than his head and
inspired by feeling rather than specific technical knowledge. While this
may have been another new turn for his staggeringly varied career to take, Paul
knew it had to be influenced by his own personal experience and that he needed
to create a story the audience would find equally compelling and moving.
Paul's first step was to visit the Royal Opera House to see Adolphe Adam's
'Giselle', danced by the Royal Ballet. Afterwards, Paul met the dancers
and discussed the work with them, realizing as he did so that he was still
without a central theme to his work. Keen to tell a story through his
music, Paul decided to focus on the purity of the ocean and within just two
months, the first draft had been completed. He then went through the music
again thinking specifically of the ballet itself, thereby creating a world
featuring distinctive characters and a vibrant underworld kingdom.
Finally, Paul spent many more weeks working alongside Peter Martins to refine
the work, before Peter created the choreography.
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements - Ocean's Kingdom, Hall of
Dance, Imprisonment and Moonrise the ballet tells of a love story within the
story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth.
A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Paul's most
challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: What was
interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just
writing a song. Trying to write something that expressed an emotion so you
have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and
Although this is his first orchestral score for dance, Paul is already quite at
home in the world of classical music. His back catalogue already carries four
classical albums including the Classical BRIT Award winning Ecce Cor Meum
(Behold My Heart) from 2006.
180g Audiophile Double Vinyl Edition
Includes Digital Download including a Bonus Live Recording of The New York Gala Premiere
London Classial Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor
LP1 - Side 1:
1. Movement 1: Ocean's Kingdom
LP1 - Side 2:
1. Movement 2: Hall of Dance
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Movement 3: Imprisonment
LP2 - Side 4:
1. Movement 4: Moonrise