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Ocean's Kingdom

Paul McCartney , John Wilson , The London Classical Orchestra Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: The London Classical Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Composer: Paul McCartney
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music / MPL / Telarc
  • ASIN: B005H1IQ6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 release from the former Beatle, an orchestral piece commissioned by the New York City Ballet. The recording was conducted by John Wilson, produced by John Fraser and performed by The London Classical Orchestra. Ocean's Kingdom 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 Peter Martins, the Ballet Master in Chief of the New York City Ballet, who have worked together to present the world premiere of a new ballet for the company's 2011/2012 season.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise -- a tuneful and well done ballet October 4, 2011
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I am a big Beatles fan, and have seen Paul McCartney in concert a few times -- one of which was the best rock concert I have seen in my life. I also love classical music and have enjoyed reimmersing myself pretty heavily in it over the last few years. But this is the first time I have ventured into Sir Paul's classical music.

I am really pleasantly surprised by this album. No one should be expecting huge classical scope here. But for what it is -- tuneful, engaging orchestral music designed to drive a storyline in a ballet context -- I found this to be pretty darn good.

McCartney uses the tricks of the trade well. It starts out with a sufficiently watery-sounding opening that vaguely recalls the atmosphere of the underwater opening of Wagner's "Rheingold". Dramatic sequences use the percussion section well -- tympanis and xylophones beat out rhythmically driving, somehow corporate-sounding themes representing the bad guys in the storyline of the ballet.

The ballet itself has an environmental theme about a happy underwater kingdom being invaded by an army of aggressive landlubbers. This represents, of course, mankind's pollution of the seas, as McCartney said in a recent interview I read when the ballet premiered a few days ago.

I came to the album with some skepticism, half expecting it to be clumsy and amateurish. But it's really well done. McCartney brings his outstanding talent for writing tunes to a complex, satisfying work that seems like it would serve its storyline well in the ballet hall. Of course he's not Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky -- the two composers who were held out to him as examples of melody and rhythm when he accepted the commission to write the ballet. But he's Paul McCartney and he found his own way.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Plays Ballet October 4, 2011
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For those of you hard core Beatles fans out there, like me, who also enjoy good classical music, also like me; this album will likely be right up your alley. While there is little here that screams Beatles, there is much here to truly enjoy. McCartney wrote this music to accompany a ballet with an underwater theme. While I understand that the ballet opened to less than stellar reviews for the choreography and costumes, the music itself was highly regarded. Personally, I truly enjoyed the album. Perhaps this music is best enjoyed through headphones, rather than accompanying a ballet (hasn't that been the case for so much music written for dance over the years?). There is enough variation in the tempo and organization of music to keep you going, and truly enjoying the score, for the nearly 60 minutes of play. I am really impressed that McCartney has ventured as far down the path of classical music composition as he has. While many rock musicians play service and homage to the classical forefathers, McCartney has taken this to entirely new dimension. For that, I give him a lot of credit. I hope he keeps going forward in this endeavor. Recommended!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can this man not do? October 5, 2011
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I am 23, I am a musician on the side (no longer in any band, sadly, and a massive Beatles, Lennon, Harrison, and McCartney fan. I love instrumental music (classical is a very misleading term) so this is right up my alley. I apologize if my review isn't laid out perfectly or if I repeat myself. I'm writing this around 6AM.

To start, I'd like to say that I disagree with the reviewer who seems to think that simplicity in music is, by nature, always a fault. I can assure you that it is not. (Also, simplicity needs to be defined before we can argue its merits and disadvantages) Paul has written hundreds of songs for guitar, bass, and piano/keyboard. They are not technically the hardest, most finger-tying, mind-bending parts but do we all still love and adore them? Oh, yes. Paul isn't a good piano player by most standards but his music as a whole makes his supposed lack of technicality irrelevant. Tell me that you don't go around humming "Eleanor Rigby", that you don't enjoy "Too Much Rain", that you don't exalt gems like "Jet" and "Band on the Run" (or my personal favorite from The Firemen, "Sing the Changes." The same goes for this piece, it may not use the full orchestra most of the time, but you don't necessarily need to. It's beautiful anyway.

It lets each instrument speak for itself. You have the trumpets singing and articulating their sound, the flutes at another time dancing around on top, at one point you have what I think is a bassoon or bass clarinet (I'm sorry, I've been out of music for a few years and my ears a bit rusty in this regard) which, every time I hear it, puts a grin on my face. There are some fast paced, running strings as a foundation in quite a few parts and as you'd expect, it gets your heart going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So-so October 29, 2011
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Listened to it in the car...don't really know what I expected, but it really didn't have much 'color.' I found it difficult to evoke any imagery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by an Instrumental Novice October 6, 2011
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I am a huge Paul McCartney fan. I have just about everything he's ever done, and I enjoy most of it. I even like the Frog chorus song. Weird, I know...So I may not be the best person to provide an objective view on his music. I also don't know a lot about instrumental music, but I do know what I enjoy. I've only listened to the first two movements so far (I bought the vinyl and listened to the first record), but I've really enjoyed what I have heard.

I especially liked the second movement. The beginning was a lot of fun, full of energy and life. I particularly enjoyed the woodwind solo (not sure what instrument it was, but it was nice). I bet that was the part where the drunken clown-thingies come in. It was really easy to follow the music and imagine what was happening. You could tell that the first movement was an introduction of characters. You could tell when the bad guys come in and when the lovers are together. It really was fun trying to imagine what was happening and when, and it was cool to actually be able to do so.

I think Paul did what he set out to up the world of ballet and orchestral music for ballet and orchestral novices. A lot of people may have never went to a ballet if not for Paul's name on it, and it is important to experience different forms art. That Paul can help provide that opportunity for people is wonderful.

The only complaint I have is that I preordered through McCartney's website because I was under the impression that that was the only way to acquire a live digital recording of the event. However, people buying on Amazon have been able to get them, as well. I could have saved a lot of money had I known this, especially in shipping and handling. Also, one would think that the booklet would come with the vinyl as well as the cd, but it doesn't. I got a digital copy, but it isn't the same as having a hard copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only McCartney can tap in another genre and pull it off
Published 2 days ago by John T. Szczybor
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul does it again
Very happy with this recording is this Paul's best no but it's nice to see him experimenting in different types of music
Good for him
Published 1 month ago by LEO1958
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly For Fans
Always been a big fan, but Sir Paul is way out of his league with his concert music. Delius deserves apologies for the comparison. This is a very modest effort. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William P. Harmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Another first for Paul McCartney
Just when you think Paul can't do anymore...there he goes composing for the New York City Ballet. I'm not much for this style of music, but if it's Paul, I've got to have it.
Published 9 months ago by Lea Kayson
4.0 out of 5 stars Like this very much
It sounds a bit like Delius or Kodaly. Unlike your typical classical composer who has to impress conductors with the rhythmic diversity and harmonic unpredictability of his music,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by bob turnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean's Kingdom
If you like symphony or classical music, this album is for you. There are only four songs, two to each side and Paul does an excellent job on this one.
Published 15 months ago by William D. Owens
3.0 out of 5 stars It is music for a ballet...
The critics did not like this very much, but I like music that was designed for ballet. This one is a little boring.
Published 17 months ago by BikerBehr
4.0 out of 5 stars Ocean's Kingdom
a nice change of pace for Sir Paul. even tho classical music is not my favorite type of music. its better than i thought. very relaxing and soothing.
Published 18 months ago by beatle5
4.0 out of 5 stars Floating!
Was so curious to hear what Paul had done with the ballet.
Enjoyed it very much.
Such a long journey from the 60's.
Published 20 months ago by gene plank
4.0 out of 5 stars Different Paul
If you want to listen to something by a Beatle, that does not sound like one, this is it. Paul expandds his unlimited base. He is truly dynamic in his sounds. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Cornelius J. Wenthen
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