Paul McCartney's Standing Stone

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Paul McCartney's second classical work, following six years after his first, the Liverpool Oratorio, is a 75-minute "symphonic poem" which, along with an actual poem printed in the CD booklet, tries "to describe the way Celtic man might have wondered about the origins of life and the mystery of existence," as an explanatory note puts it. This musical description is for the most part surprisingly somber and, not so surprisingly episodic. As a composer, even with the resources of the London Symphony Orchestra at his disposal, McCartney assembles his music as though he were constructing an album of pop songs, presenting a series of moods and melodies more notable for their contrasts and discrete effects than for any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Paul McCartney's second classical work, following six years after his first, the Liverpool Oratorio, is a 75-minute "symphonic poem" which, along with an actual poem printed in the CD booklet, tries "to describe the way Celtic man might have wondered about the origins of life and the mystery of existence," as an explanatory note puts it. This musical description is for the most part surprisingly somber and, not so surprisingly episodic. As a composer, even with the resources of the London Symphony Orchestra at his disposal, McCartney assembles his music as though he were constructing an album of pop songs, presenting a series of moods and melodies more notable for their contrasts and discrete effects than for any unity. The composer remains a facile melodist, which is an important quality in classical as well as pop music, and there are aural pleasures here and there. But the musical ideas are merely presented without being woven effectively together or developed. Ambitious as McCartney's organizing principle may have been, it's no wonder that in his note he puts the word "story" in quotation marks. ~ Bill Tilland
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355648426
  • Catalog Number: 56484

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Indexed Contributor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lawrence Foster Conductor
Stephen Westrop Choir Master
London Symphony Chorus Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Text
Linda McCartney Cover Photo
John Fraser Producer
Andrew Stewart Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This work is truly amazing!

    Paul Mccartney has taken his music to a new level. This is to listen again and again, a real treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Opinion

    Despite what the review above states, I feel that this is Paul's most expressive, powerful and beautiful work yet. The images and colours evoked in the piece are breathtaking. This is an intriguing, poignant and compelling album, if ever there was one.

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