The Paul McCartney Project

Standing Stone

Timeline See what happened in September 1997
UK release date:
Sep 29, 1997
US release date:
Sep 25, 1997
Publisher:
EMI Classics

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

I.After Heavy Light Years


1.

Fire/Rain (Allegro energico)

4:30 • Classical version


2.

Cell Growth (Semplice)

8:31 • Classical version


3.

'Human' Theme (Maestoso)

3:36 • Classical version


2.

II.He Awoke Startled


1.

Meditation (Contemplativo)

3:58 • Classical version


2.

Crystal Ship (Con moto scherzando)

2:03 • Classical version


3.

Sea Voyage (Pulsating, with cool jazz feel)

3:40 • Classical version


4.

Lost At Sea (Sognando)

4:38 • Classical version


5.

Release (Allegro con spirito)

1:54 • Classical version


3.

III.Subtle Colours Merged Soft Contours


1.

Safe Haven/Standing Stone (Pastorale co

4:12 • Classical version


2.

Peaceful Moment (Andante tranquillo)

2:09 • Classical version


3.

Messenger (Energico)

3:36 • Classical version


4.

Lament (Lamentoso)

2:26 • Classical version


5.

Trance (Misterioso)

5:32 • Classical version


6.

Eclipse (Eroico)

4:57 • Classical version


4.

IV.Strings Pluck, Horns Blow, Drums Beat


1.

Glory Tales (Trionfale)

2:40 • Classical version


2.

Fugal Celebration (L'istesso tempo. Fr

4:25 • Classical version


3.

Rustic Dance (Rustico)

2:01 • Classical version


4.

Love Duet (Andante intimo)

3:43 • Classical version


5.

Celebration (Andante)

Written by Paul McCartney

6:16 • Classical version

About

From Wikipedia:

Standing Stone is Paul McCartney’s second full-length release of original classical music (coming after 1991’s Liverpool Oratorio) and was issued shortly after Flaming Pie‘s release in 1997. The world premiere performance was held at The Royal Albert Hall on 14 October 1997.

Following up on 1991’s Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, the Standing Stone project was composed out of a long poem McCartney authored and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Lawrence Foster at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios. Unlike Liverpool Oratorio, this new project is not an operatic performance of a story, but an instrumental one, though it employs the use of a choir.

The cover for the album is actually one of the many photos taken by Linda McCartney during late 1969/early 1970 that would initially be seen on the inside gatefold cover of Paul’s first album McCartney. Incidentally, this project was her husband’s last release before Linda died of breast cancer on 17 April 1998, having been diagnosed almost three years earlier.

Released on 25 September 1997 in the US, and 29th in the UK, Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone topped the classical music charts, and managed a one-week stand at number 194 on the US pop album listings.

All pieces by Paul McCartney.


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