Personalities | (Sir) Paul McCartney | Contemporary | Classical
English composer and singer
Most famous for his contribution to The Beatles, McCartney broke away from the group in 1970 with the album McCartney. He then formed his own group, Wings, with whom he created a number of successful albums, notably Band on the Run (1973). McCartney pays much attention to detail in his songwriting. He is acutely aware of the nuances of his lyrics and forms clear structures to articulate them. His two ventures into classical genres (Liverpool Oratorio, 1991, written with Carl Davis; Standing Stone, 1997, written with Richard Rodney Bennett and others) have gained much public attention. He has since produced the four-movement oratorio Ecce cor meum (2006) and a dance score, Ocean’s Kingdom (2011), for the New York City Ballet.
Standing Stone, LSO (cond) Lawrence Foster (EMI/Warner)
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