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Paul McCartney: Liverpool Oratorio
Kiri Te Kanawa, Sally Burgess, Jerry Hadley, Willard White, Jeremy Budd
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Carl Davis
Liverpool Oratorio, Echoes and Ghosts of the Past (new documentaries)
Commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to commemorate its 150th anniversary, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio is now available not only for the first time on DVD, but also in glorious 5.1 Dolby and DTS Surround.
McCartney says in the introduction, “My own special slant on this whole affair was to have tried to learn musical notation at particular intervals
in my life but never to have lasted the course. At some point the marks on the page failed to match up to what I was hearing, so eventually I made the music and someone else wrote it down. …I am excited to have been asked by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Carl Davis, to write something for their celebrations. It’s a perfect excuse for me to expand my previous flirtatious excursions into the orchestral and choral worlds into a full-blown work.”
The first disc in this 2 DVD set includes the world premiere performance of the Liverpool Oratorio. The second contains two special McCartney documentaries- “Ghosts of the Past” and “Echoes”, which have never been available to the public before. The “Echoes” documentary features a unreleased acoustic McCartney track titled “In Liverpool”.
English (with English captions) PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1; Documentaries in PCM Stereo only.
Works on This Recording
Liverpool Oratorio by Paul McCartney
Jeremy Budd (Boy Soprano),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano),
Jerry Hadley (Tenor),
Willard White (Bass)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir,
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991; England
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