Though the work is Paul’s first ballet, he approached the project in the same way he writes all other music, driven by his heart rather than his head and inspired by feeling rather than specific technical knowledge. While this may have been another new turn for his staggeringly varied career to take, Paul knew it had to be influenced by his own personal experience and that he needed to create a story the audience would find equally compelling and moving. To summarize his latest project McCartney says, “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song. Trying to write something that expressed an emotion – so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging.” Don't just take his word for it. Listen to the Ocean's Kingdom trailer below.
Love what you hear? The premiere of the ballet Ocean’s Kingdom will take place at NYCB’s Fall Gala on Thursday 22nd September 2011 while the release of the orchestral score will follow on October 4th, available digitally, on CD and on vinyl. It was recorded in June in London. You can pre-order your own copy today. I also have one copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Please just follow the instruction below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at betweenthelines-kam at hotmail dot com.