Paul McCartney

Liverpool Oratorio
Live - Paul McCartney / EMI Classics / 07 Oct 1991
Disc 1
Disc 2
Album Notes

After three years of planning, preparation and writing, Paul's first full departure into the world of classical music was unveiled on the live recording of Liverpool Oratorio. On the night itself, Paul explained: "I remember coming here to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral when I was 11 to audition for the choir. I failed the audition. I always hoped that one day I would be able to get my own back.  Three years ago I was given the opportunity when Carl Davis approached me on behalf of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to write a piece for their 150th Anniversary Celebrations. Carl and I started working then on what was to become the Oratorio for Liverpool. Finally, after hundreds of hours of scoring and re-scoring we finished it." In three years the project travelled from a rough outline concept to an impressive eight-movements, a triumph that befits its two highly esteemed creators - Paul and his symphonic scribe and collaborator Carl Davis. Each of the movements has a theme; War, School, Crypt, Father, Wedding, Work, Crises and Peace, and is said to be loosely based on Paul's life. Each is special, different and entrancing in its own way. The album was a huge success on the classical charts upon release and even entered the mainstream US top 200, a feat almost unheard of for a classical piece of work.

Performed by:
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Soprano (Mary Dee)
Sally Burgess: Mezzo-sopraono (Miss Inkley / Chief Mourner / Nurse)
Jerry Hadley: Tenor (Shanty)
Willard White: Bass (Headmaster / Preacher / Mr Dingle)
Jeremy Budd: Boy Soloist
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral
Chorus Master & Master of the Choristers: Ian Tracey
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Leader: Malcolm Stewart
Conducted by Carl Davis
Malcolm Stewart: Solo Violin
Ian Balmain: Solo Trumpet
Timothy Walden: Solo Cello
Anna Cooper: Cor Anglais
All tracks composed by Paul McCartney
Executive Producer: Paul McCartney
Producer: John Fraser
Balance engineer: John Timperley
Additional Engeineers: Eddie Klein, Peter Mew, Martin Astle, Tom Leader
Editor: Peter Mew & Tom Leader
Assistant to Carl Davis: Nic Raine
Recorded live at Liverpool Cathedral, 18th & 29th June 1991
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd

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