Liverpool Oratorio

Classical - Paul McCartney / EMI Classics

Album Release Date: 07.Oct.1991


Movement I - War - Andante (Orchestra)
Movement I - War - Non Nobis Solum (Boy Solo)
Movement I - War - The Air Raid Siren Slices Through A Night In 1942 (Shanty)
Movement I - War - Oh Will It All End Here?
Movement I - War - Mother And Father Holding Their Child
Movement II - School - 'We're Here In School Today to Get a Perfect Education' (Boys)
Movement II - School - 'Walk In Single File Out of the Classroom' (Headmaster)
Movement II - School - 'Settle Down'
Movement II - School - 'Kept In Confusion' (Shanty)
Movement II - School - 'I'll Always Be Here' (Mary Dee)
Movement II - School - 'Boys, This Is Your Teacher' (Headmaster)
Movement II - School - Tres Conejos (Miss Inkley, Headmaster, Shanty)
Movement II - School - 'Not For Ourselves' (Headmaster, Miss Inkley, Shanty)
Movement III - Crypt - 'And So It Was That I Had Grown' (Shanty)
Movement III - Crypt - Dance (Orchestra)
Movement III - Crypt - 'I Used To Come Here When This Place Was A Crypt' (Shanty, Preacher)
Movement III - Crypt - 'Here Now' (Shanty)
Movement III - Crypt - 'I'll Always Be Here' (Mary Dee, Shanty)
Movement III - Crypt - 'Now's The Time To Tell Him' (Mary Dee, Shanty)
Movement IV - Father - Andante Lamentoso (Orchestra)
Movement IV - Father - 'O Father You Have Given Time To Your Children' (Chief Mourner)
Movement IV - Father - 'Ah, O Father You Have Given' (Full Chorus)
Movement IV - Father - 'Hey Wait A Minute, You Didn't Tell Me' (Shanty)
Movement IV - Father - 'Father, Father, Father'
Movement V - Wedding - Andante Amorso (Orchestra)
Movement V - Wedding - 'Father, Hear Our Humble Voices' (Preacher)
Movement V - Wedding - 'Hosanna, Hosanna'
Movement VI - Work - Allegro Energico (Orchestra)
Movement VI - Work - 'Working Women At The Top'
Movement VI - Work - Violin Solo
Movement VI - Work - 'Did I Sign The Letter That You Typed Up Yesterday?'
Movement VI - Work - Tempo I (Orchestra)
Movement VI - Work - 'When You Ask A Working Man, Does He Ever Stop?'
Movement VI - Work - 'Let's Find Ourselves A Little Hostelry'
Movement VII - Crises - Allegro Molto
Movement VII - Crises - 'The World You're Coming Into' (Mary Dee)
Movement VII - Crises - Tempo I
Movement VII - Crises - 'Where's My Dinner?' (Mary Dee, Shanty)
Movement VII - Crises - 'Let's Not Argue' (Shanty, Mary Dee)
Movement VII - Crises - 'I'm Not A Slave, I Work For A Living' (Mary Dee)
Movement VII - Crises - 'Right! That's it! I'm Off!' (Mary Dee)
Movement VII - Crises - 'Stop. Wait. Hold On'
Movement VII - Crises - 'Do You Know Who You Are As You Lie There Sleeping?'
Movement VII - Crises - 'Ghosts Of The Past Left Behind' (Boys)
Movement VII - Crises - 'Do We Live In A World With An Uncertain Future' (Mary Dee)
Movement VIII - Peace - 'And So It Was That You Were Born Into This World' (Shanty)
Movement VIII - Peace - 'God Is Good And He Will Be Our Saviour'
Movement VIII - Peace - 'What People Want Is A Family Life' (Preacher)
Movement VIII - Peace - 'Dad's In The Garden, He Won't Speak To Mum'
Movement VIII - Peace - 'So On And On The Story Goes' (Shanty)

album notes

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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