Paul McCartney

Album Notes

Ecce Cor Meum - an Oratorio in four movements and scored for choir and orchestra - was Paul McCartney's fourth classical album and was released in September 2006. The album was more than eight years in the making and its origins follow in the historic tradition of composers that have been commissioned to write music for the world-renowned Magdalen College, Oxford. Paul was specially invited by Anthony Smith (President of Magdalen College 1998 – 2005) to compose a piece to commemorate the opening of a new concert hall at the college. Following Linda's death in 1998, however, the performance was delayed, eventually premiering in 2001, with a studio recording taking place in 2006. Each of its four movements begins with unaccompanied voices, and the text combines both English and to a lesser degree, Latin. As Paul explained, "Something I found out later, being a complete innocent in the field, was that most people find a text and set it to music, which it would have been very convenient to know that, but I didn't. So I started writing the music and then putting my own text to it, which is probably completely the wrong way around to do it. It didn't matter. I suppose, you know, in that respect, it meant that it was a bit less conventional."

Kate Royal: Soprano
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Conducted by Gavin Greenaway
London Voices
Chorus Master: Ben Parry
Boys of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford
Boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge
Colm Carey: Organ
Mark Law: Piccolo Trumpet
Executive Producer: Paul McCartney
Producer: John Fraser
Engineer: Arne Akselberg
Assistant Engineers: Sam Okell, Robert Houston, Andrew Dudman
Technical Co-ordination Assistant: Keith Smith
Mastered & edited by Simon Kiln at Abbey Road Studios, London
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd.

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