|Standing Stone - Front Cover||Standing Stone - Rear Cover|
|Catalogue No.||CDC 5 56484 2|
|Release date||29th September 1997|
|Total time||74:47 (Sleeve says 76:45)|
|U.K. Album Chart Detail :||Did NOT chart|
|Detail :||Paul's twenty-seventh "solo" album release, and second classical outing.
Composed by Paul.
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster.
Recorded 30th April - 2nd May 1997 at Abbey Road.
The world premiere is held at The Royal Albert Hall, 14th October 1997.
The "Standing Stone" concert is broadcast on Channel 5 on Christmas Day 1997.
The C.D. within a standard jewel box is housed within a boxed sleeve, which also contains a 48 page booklet.
Paul's Foreword in the C.D. booklet
I've spent much of the last four years composing what has now become my second large-scale classical work, the symphonic poem Standing Stone. Unlike the Liverpool Oratorio which features prominent roles for four solo singers, Standing Stone relies entirely on colours and effects drawn from orchestral and choral forces. With no soloists to propel the "story" and to help keep me on track throughout the writing of about 75 minutes of music, I wrote a poem (reprinted in full in the booklet !) in which I try to describe the way Celtic man might have wondered about the origins of life and the mystery of human existence. As with all successful "programme" music, I hope the music is strong enough to stand alone without help from the poem and that you, the listener, will enjoy what you hear.
|Movement I - After heavy light years (16:36)|
|1||Fire / Rain||Allegro energico||4:29|
|Movement II - He awoke startled (16:12)|
|5||Crystal Ship||Con moto scherzando||2:02|
|6||Sea Voyage||Pulsating, with cool jazz feel||3:40|
|7||Lost At Sea||Sognando||4:38|
|8||Release||Allegro con spirito||1:54|
|Movement III - Subtle colours merged soft contours (22:52)|
|9||Safe Haven / Standing Stone||Pastorale con moto||4:12|
|10||Peaceful moment||Andante tranquillo||2:09|
|Movement IV - Strings pluck, horns blow, drums beat (19:05)|
|16||Fugal Celebration||L'istesso tempo. Fresco||4:25|
|18||Love Duet||Andante intimo||3:43|
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