Paul McCartney

Album Notes

Marking his first foray into the word of dance, Paul announced the general release of ‘Ocean's Kingdom', commissioned by the New York City Ballet. Released in October 2011, conducted by John Wilson, produced by John Fraser and performed by The London Classical Orchestra, ‘Ocean's Kingdom' is the first time Paul has written an original orchestral score or any kind of music for dance and is the result of a collaboration between Paul and 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. Keen to tell a story through his music, Paul decided to focus on the purity of the ocean, creating a world featuring distinctive characters and a vibrant underworld kingdom. Paul spent weeks working alongside Peter Martins refining the work, before Peter created the choreography with the NYCB dancers. 'Ocean's Kingdom' has topped the Classical Charts and reached the number one spot in the US and number two in the UK.

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