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Paul McCartney to Release 'Ocean's Kingdom,' an Orchestral Score for Dance, on October 4

Paul McCartney will release a new orchestral album, Ocean's Kingdom, on October 4 via Hear Music/Telarc. It represents the first time McCartney has written an original orchestral score -- or any kind of music -- specifically for dance.

The project is the result of a collaboration between McCartney and Peter Martins, New York City Ballet's Master in Chief. The pair worked together to present the world premiere of the new ballet for the company's 2011/2012 season in September. It is conducted by John Wilson, produced by John Fraser and performed by The London Classical Orchestra.

The ballet -- an hour-long score featuring four movements ("Ocean's Kingdom," "Hall of Dance," "Imprisonment" and "Moonrise") -- tells a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by Earthlings.

"What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song," McCartney said. "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."

The premiere of the ballet "Ocean's Kingdom" will take place at NYCB's Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22, while the release of the orchestral score will follow on October 4, available digitally, on CD and on vinyl. It was recorded in June in London.


1. Movement 1 Ocean's Kingdom (14:07) 2. Movement 2 Hall of Dance (16:19) 3. Movement 3 Imprisonment (13:36) 4. Movement 4 Moonrise (12:29)