1. (00:12:00) Paul McCartney - Spiritus
2. (00:10:50) Paul McCartney - Gratia
3. (00:03:57) Paul McCartney - Interlude (Lament)
4. (00:15:14) Paul McCartney - Musica
5. (00:14:50) Paul McCartney - Ecce Cor Meum
Playing Time.........: 00:56:52
Total Size...........: 87.54 MB
NFO generated on.....: 7/23/2008 7:31:13 AM
cce Cor Meum (Latin for Behold My Heart) is the fourth classical album by Paul
McCartney. The album was released on September 25, 2006 by EMI Classics.
An oratorio in four movements, it is produced and orchestrated by John
Fraser, written in Latin and English, and scored for orchestra and Boys and
The title was inspired by the inscription McCartney noticed above a statue of
Christ in St. Ignatius Church, New York City. The reference in the church
context is to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, although McCartney freely adapted
the text for use in his composition.
Originally, it was presented in 2001 with the full Choir of Magdalen College,
Oxford, conducted by Bill Ives in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. It was
performed by soprano Kate Royal, the boys of Magdalen College Choir,
Oxford, the boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge, and the Academy of St
Martin in the Fields conducted by Gavin Greenaway.
Its American première was November 14, 2006 at a sold-out Carnegie Hall in
New York City. Scored for choir and orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's
under Gavin Greenaway joined the Concert Chorale of New York and the
American Boychoir, with soprano Kate Royal and Andrew Staples as soloists.
The concert was simulcast over WNYC-FM, New York Public Radio and
webcast over wnyc.org
The Canadian première took place on October 27, 2007 at Metropolitan
United Church in London, Ontario. Conducted by Toronto conductor Robert
Cooper, it was performed by the combined forces of the Orpheus Choir of
Toronto, Chorus Niagara, London Pro Musica, the Amabile Treble Choir and
On May 3, 2007, at the Royal Albert Hall Paul McCartney was presented with
the Best Album Award at the Classical Brits for his fourth classical album Ecce
Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), an album partly inspired by his late wife Linda.
The award was voted for by readers of Classic FM magazine and listeners of
Classic FM. Paul’s album had tough competition alongside favourites such as
Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe and Sting.
Ecce Cor Meum had been more than eight years in the making and its origins
follow in the historic tradition of composers commissioned to write music for
the world-renowned Magdalen College in Oxford. Paul was invited by
Anthony Smith (President of Magdalen College 1998 – 2005) to compose
something to set the seal on a new concert hall for the college. The album
was a big hit in the classical world, reaching #2 in the Top Classical Albums
charts from the U.S.