Liverpool Oratorio

Classical - Paul McCartney / EMI Classics

Album Release Date: 07.Oct.1991

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Paul’s first full-scale departure into classical music was unveiled with 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.” From a rough outline concept the project developed into an eight movements, a triumph that befits its two esteemed creators, Paul and his symphonic collaborator Carl Davis. Each of the movements has a theme – War, School, Crypt, Father, Wedding, Work, Crises and Peace, each of them loosely based on Paul's life, 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, 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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