Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom (Studio and Live Audio) [2011] (Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz)

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Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom (Studio and Live Audio) [2011] (Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz)

Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom (2011) [Studio and Live Audio]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 84:04 minutes | 2,04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Paul McCartney was commissioned to compose this four-movement orchestral ballet score by the New York City Ballet. While he was not a newcomer to classical music, "Ocean's Kingdom" marks McCartney's first foray into the world of ballet music. This deluxe edition includes a second album of the entire ballet performed live by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Fayçal Karoui, recorded at the ballet's premiere in 2011.

McCartney’s debut into the world of ballet is a story of good and evil, love and war that takes place in the depths of the ocean. An hour long score featuring four stunning movements - "Ocean's Kingdom," "Hall of Dance," "Imprisonment" and "Moonrise" - 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 Paul's most challenging and emotionally complex yet.

Commissioned by New York City Ballet, the music draws on late Romanic composers while maintaining McCartney’s genius for simplicity and melody. The result is a breathtaking and imaginative orchestral work—one that proves yet another artistic facet of the legendary musician.

Ocean's Kingdom, Paul McCartney's fifth full-length classical album in 20 years, is his first ballet, its story concerning a star-crossed romance between an earthly prince and a water princess. McCartney's music is appropriately romantic, sometimes to the extent that the moments intended to convey creeping tension or sadness bounce with a joyous gait. Joy isn’t a bad characteristic for a piece of music, and if Ocean's Kingdom is decidedly less ambitious than Liverpool Oratorio or Standing Stone, whatever charm it has lies in its simplicity, McCartney's good cheer evident in the clean lines of his melodies and their counterpoints, the lack of melancholy in his ballads, and the triumphant brass that closes the proceedings. Perhaps it is pastiche – its reworking of themes and sounds befitting a narrative that’s essentially a respun Romeo and Juliet – but Macca’s sweet swagger sells a shopworn story, at least as far as a record goes.

Tracklist:

01 - Movement 1: Ocean's Kingdom (Studio Recording)
02 - Movement 2: Hall of Dance (Studio Recording)
03 - Movement 3: Imprisonment (Studio Recording)
04 - Movement 4: Moonrise (Studio Recording)
01 - Movement 1: Ocean's Kingdom (Live Gala Premiere Recording)
02 - Movement 2: Hall of Dance (Live Gala Premiere Recording)
03 - Movement 3: Imprisonment (Live Gala Premiere Recording)
04 - Movement 4: Moonrise (Live Gala Premiere Recording)

Composed by Paul McCartney. Music Arranged by John Wilson and Paul McCartney.
Orchestration by Andrew Cottee. Produced by John Fraser.
Disc 1: Studio Recording - The London Classical orchestra conducted by John Wilson recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London.
Disc 2: Bonus Live Gala Premiere Recording - New York City Ballet orchestra conducted by Fayçal Karoui

Analyzed: Paul McCartney / Ocean's Kingdom
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR14 -0.80 dB -20.83 dB 14:08 01-Movement 1: Ocean's Kingdom
DR15 -0.11 dB -20.67 dB 16:19 02-Movement 2: Hall of Dance
DR15 -0.25 dB -21.82 dB 13:37 03-Movement 3: Imprisonment
DR13 -0.14 dB -18.22 dB 12:31 04-Movement 4: Moonrise
DR12 -0.33 dB -17.48 dB 12:15 01-Movement 1: Ocean's Kingdom
DR12 -0.33 dB -18.04 dB 14:27 02-Movement 2: Hall of Dance
DR13 -0.33 dB -18.68 dB 10:14 03-Movement 3: Imprisonment
DR12 -0.33 dB -16.04 dB 10:31 04-Movement 4: Moonrise
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2760 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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