Paul McCartney's Standing Stone
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Now, the form of Standing Stone is a symphonic, or orchestral poem. That means that the music is meant to tell a story, and to me it does. I had been listening to the music in fascination and admiration for at least six months before I read the poem the composer provides to tell the story in another form. The Standing Stone Poem is great fun--you can feel the author relishing the musical qualities of the language as he plays it like an instrument to tell his tale. The tale is about the dawn of everything, including human beings, it is about adventure, peril, triumph, and the joy and serenity that follow bloodless but real victory. The various sections of Standing Stone are chapters in a story told in orchestral and wordless vocal sound until the last section, Celebration, which includes a song with words.
So, I sugggest that formal training in music has nothing to do with the quality of a piece of music. Some musicians got together one day and invented rock 'n roll, and they did not have to present diplomas from Juilliard to do it. The symphonic form or lack thereof has nothing to do with the quality of a piece.Read more ›
The pieces is not 'typical' McCartney; there is no overbearing theme as you might expect in a typical symphony or rock piece. Instead, this album is pure creativity. It's described as a tone poem - a classification I agree with. It starts with a chaotic string performance, not unlike many modern compositions. I urge listeners to not turn away upon hearing this, however - the later movements move into much broader themes and tones, and at the risk of offending some fans of modern music, I'll say straight-out that after the first track the piece becomes infinitely more musical.
McCartney and the LSO put an amazing amount of life into this piece. It attempts to tackle a huge scope - creation, exploration, peril, victory, love - and, for the most part, I would say it succeeds. There is such a wide variety of emotion and subtle points in this piece that it's impossible to take it all in in one listen. That same diverse array, however, makes it a thrilling piece to listen to repeatedly. I highly recommend this album.
Childish in places, also guilty..
I don't know if McCartney meant the work in part as a musical autobiography of his growth into the classical field. The first time through, I thought he was letting us take his journey with him has he experimented with the different sounds of the orchestra, gradually finding his way and finally merging them into a wonderful finale. It wasn't until after two weeks of ridding around listening to the CD that I was able to read the liner. McCartney says he was showing the evolution of man. The parallel is stunning.
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Paul McC. is talented and wanted to be able to listen to this at my leisure and as often as I liked.Published on February 11, 2014 by JAF
How can one not expect a musician of his magnitude not to produce such classical piece? one, two, three, fah!Published on February 10, 2014 by Carlos Rodriguez
I thought the entire piece really gave the feeling of a time before the Romans came to Britian.You can picture that island full of mysteries of the past.Give this a try.Published on August 9, 2013 by MusicLover
of all of the McCartney classical pieces this is the best. the music is tight and flows from movement to movement. This reveals much of the genius behind Sir Paul.Published on May 7, 2013 by vulture12
Can't recommend it. It goes nowhere. The march song is a total flop. Man I wish 'ol JL was here.Published on March 1, 2013 by James Czubak
Paul McCartney is my all time favorite musician for oh so many reasons. I love this CD as much as anything else he's done. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by W. Clay
We all know that Macca went through a stage when he preferred one legged objects, and this clearly illustrates that weakness. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Marcus Aurelius
I'm glad to hear Mac extending the range of his eclectic brilliance and I DO find this a worthwhile listening experience, one I've not had for the last time. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Jeff Walker