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for dance to be released on 3rd/4th October 2011.
Marking his first foray into the word of dance, Paul has
announced the general release of âOceanâs Kingdomâ,
commissioned by the New York City Ballet. The recording will be
released by Decca Records on October 3rd (UK) and Hear Music/Telarc on
October 4th (US) and is conducted by John Wilson, produced by John
Fraser and performed by The London Classical Orchestra.
âOceanâs Kingdomâ 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 Balletâs
Master in Chief Peter Martins, who have worked together to present the
world premiere of a new ballet for the companyâs 2011/2012 season
Though the work is Paulâs 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.
Paulâs first step was to visit the Royal Opera House to see
Adolphe Adamâs âGiselleâ, danced by the Royal Ballet.
Afterwards, Paul met the dancers and discussed the work with them,
realising 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 with the NYCB dancers.
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements â
Oceanâs Kingdom, Hall of Dance, Imprisonment and Moonrise â 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 Paulâs most
challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: âWhat was
interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather
than just writing a song.Trying to write something that expressed an
emotion â so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I
found that exciting and challenging.â
The premiere of the ballet âOceanâs Kingdomâ will take
place at NYCBâs Fall Gala on Thursday 22nd September 2011 while the
release of the orchestral score will follow a month later, available
digitally, on CD and on vinyl. It was recorded in June in London.
The artwork that accompanies the release is equally striking
and inventive. Though it seems to suggest a city skyline, it is
actually a digital readout of the notes from the ballet score.
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, the most recent of
which was the Classical BRIT Award winning âEcce Cor Meum (Behold My
Heart)â; a work for chorus and orchestra in four movements that was
released in 2006.