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Paul McCartney's Standing Stone

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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This DVD presents the 1997 world premiere of Paul McCartney's Standing Stone, a 75-minute concert work performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, coupled with a 50-minute documentary based around the writing and studio recording of the piece. The music was composed as a follow-up to McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, and is inspired by McCartney's own poem. For this Celtic creation myth, the documentary explains how McCartney worked with computers to develop the score, and also features contributions from John Harle and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Revealing a lot of McCartney's personality, the epic-musical fantasia Standing Stone is dynamically filmed in the Royal Albert Hall and shows just how far Sir Paul has come from simple three-chord love songs. There are elements of landscape music from the classic English tradition, passages of high musical drama by way of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, jazz sensibilities, and sentimental melodies straight out of Hollywood. If the sum is less than the impressive parts, Standing Stone is still a considerable achievement and the LSO performs with fire and eloquence. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk

Additional Features

The DVD's 4:3 image is as sharp as a non-anamorphic picture can be, and the Dolby Digital live sound is clear, dynamic, and detailed. The main bonus feature is the 50-minute documentary, but this well-rounded package also offers Fiona Shaw reading McCartney's "Standing Stone" poem, brief text biographies, artwork, and notes on standing stones. The booklet is well designed and contains art, photographs, the text of the original poem, and detailed program notes. Ironic that it takes a rock star to show how well orchestral music can be presented on DVD. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk

Special Features

  • Contains both the concert (81 min.) and a Making-Of Documentary (52 min.)
  • A wealth of additional video footage and photographic materials illustrating the concept behind the composition
  • Visualization of the "Standing Stone" poem by Paul McCartney with optional voice-over
  • On-screen text giving background information about the inspiration behind the work, its premiere in London and subsequent international performances
  • Optional subtitles for "Celebration"

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul McCartney
  • Directors: Christopher Swann
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305614369
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paul McCartney's Standing Stone" on IMDb

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I missed the telecast of this performance on A&E in 1997 when it came out, and it finally came out on DVD! Seems like Paul has a documentary film on everything he does, but this one was the best I've seen. One section shows how he wrote the piece on a computer, without reading music. Mostly though, it shows Standing Stone as a work in progress through subsequent rehearsals, etc, and variations made "on the fly" to the piece. A great documentary fitting to a great, under-appreciated musician who, since Flowers In The Dirt, is undoubtedly a better songwriter and more varied musician then he ever was as a Beatle. Some may disagree, but Flaming Pie gets more listens than Abbey Road around my place. The video of the concert is captivating, and the camera work is fairly active so you dont fall asleep staring at one musician! All else said, this is a great DVD which is packed with alot of good material and is well worth the (price).
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I've waited two years for this DVD...and it was well worth it.. an incredible experience of sight and sound. Not only do you get the Albert Hall concert but a documentary on the flip side...and i swear it looks like Steve Miller hanging out beside Paul during the recording session!
BUY IT!
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I found this performance to be better than McCartney's CD. That said, the sound on the DVD could have been better; that is not to say that the quality is bad, it could have been better. The 5.1 mix is a waste, as most sound in the rear speakers is applause. I still recommend this, Paul's second outing of Classical compositions it is performed with passion that you can feel while viewing.
I am a lifetime fan of Paul's music, but also have been listening to and enjoying Classical music for about 30 years.
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In some cases, enjoyment and appreciation of a work is enhanced by increased knowledge of the work. That is certainly the case with this video. For twenty-some dollars, you get a really insightful documentary of how Standing Stone came to be, rehearsals for the big Albert Hall concert, and the concert itself.
Revelatory - that is the only word.
Plus it's kind of cool to actually have so much material on a DVD that I have to flip it over. I get that retro feeling through my bones!
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I have had the DVD for many years and always quite liked it but I have just played it again after a long time and it just completely awe struck me how brilliant and beautiful the music actually is. I probably put this down to my maturing musical tastes. Always a fan of Paul's pop and rock but this is completely beyond anything Paul has done before including Liverpool Oratorio. I must give Ecce Cor Meum another listen to see it's effect on me. I hope Paul has plenty more of this symphonic type music to come.
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