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3(II+III=picc).3(III=ca).3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4.3(I=ptpt).3.1 - timp - perc(3): xyl/mar/vib/glsp/t.bells/tam-t/sleigh bells/bell tree/tgl/cyms/susp.cym/tamb/SD/TD/2 BD/timbale - organ - harp - strings

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Paul McCartney Liverpool Oratorio Paul McCartney is the most successful popular composer of his generation. His Liverpool Oratorio is, however, his first venture into the classical idiom and was written in collaboration with composer Carl Davis, best known for his masterly television and film scores. Cast in the traditional oratorio form, the work has eight movements and lasts some 95 minutes. The text is Paul McCartney’s own. Its story draws on the events of his early life in Liverpool, the large port in the north of England which, with the emergence of The Beatles in the 1960’s, attracted world-wide attention as a centre of pop culture. McCartney’s birth in the city during wartime, his schooldays at the Liverpool Institute and youthful aspirations – these are the starting points for a work that poignantly and vividly articulates the hopes and joys and crises of life in the modern world. Liverpool Oratorio was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Pauluskirche (Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany)

Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie, KMD Tobias Börngen

Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

No Venue (Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

Kunst am kai Orchester, Gabriele Pott

Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

No Venue (Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

Kunst am kai Orchester, Gabriele Pott

Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle (Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany)

Kristin Ebner, Marie Henriette Reinhold, Patrick Grahl, Clemens Heidrich, Staatskapelle Halle, Jens Lorenz

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Christuskirche (Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany)

Städtische Orchester Delmenhorst, Eva Schad