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Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18th June 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute.

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  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway (Conductor)
  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000HC2NL0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. McCartney: Movement I: SpiritusAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Gavin Greenaway12:00Album Only
  2. McCartney: Movement II: GratiaAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Gavin Greenaway10:50Album Only
  3. McCartney: Interlude (Lament)Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus and Boys of Kings College Choir and Boys of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford and Gavin Greenaway and London Voices and Paul McCartney 3:56Album Only
  4. McCartney: Movement III: MusicaAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Gavin Greenaway15:14Album Only
  5. McCartney: Movement IV: Ecce Cor MeumAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Gavin Greenaway14:49Album Only

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braniascolta 30''1.spiritusascolta2.gratiaascolta3.interlude (lament)ascoltaascolta 30''4.musicaascolta5.ecce cor meu

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. HENNING on 26 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney never ceases to amaze. If a picture paints a thousand words then McCartney's latest work, Ecce Cor Meum, would easily fill a dictionary. Forget all the mawkishness of previous McCartney offerings as Ecce Cor Meum has a beauty and a melodic simplicity that transcends the twee and sentimental. For within its 56 minutes lies a genuine attempt to express the spirituality that all of us possess and that which obviously underpins Paul McCartney's life.

Worthy of special mention is Interlude (Lament) - composed with his former wife Linda in mind, and probably the most hauntingly beautiful piece on the CD. I challenge anyone not to be moved to tears by it.

All in all, Ecce Cor Meum is a worthwhile piece of music that will only get better with each successive listening. As he says in the final track, "Here in my music I show you my heart". I think he has.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Baldwin VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2006
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I'm both a McCartney fan and a classical music lover and I had high hopes for this, and the opening few minutes are promising. But it quickly descends into a rhythmic mish-mash with a core theme being nothing more than a descending scale sung at a quirky pace. It would work wonderfully in a song as a great hook, but I don't think Macca quite gets the developmental aspect of long works like this.

One of his failings in this, the Oratorio and Standing Stone is his use of his own words. They're simply not very good, and they distract. I suspect that if the Liverpool Oratorio were sung in a language I didn't understand, I'd love it. As it is, it's painful. The same with the end of the (otherwise wonderful) Standing Stone, and with this work.

Yet listen to Working Classical and you can see that McCartney's ear for a melody works wonderfully when engaged on shorter works such as 'Leaf'.

The best classical composers had good editors, people who would say 'this doesn't work'. I wonder if this piece went through an editor? It's promising, but it doesn't deliver. A real shame, but one for completists (like me) only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fleta on 28 Jun. 2013
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I bought this CD because, as a classical music lover, I wanted to try something different from the usual Beethoven, Brahms etc., and I have always admired Paul McCartney. Also, I was interested in the general concept of the album as an expression of McCartney's innermost feelings. There is something very beguiling about this music - it is classical music, yes, but it is suffused with pop elements, also. This may not appeal to the purists of this world, but it will appeal to anyone with an open mind - and that is how one should approach this music. In its time, Beethoven's music was revolutionary in form, as was, for instance, Sibelius's; is not music all about pushing the bounderies? And this is precisely what McCartney has done, and I laud him for it. You will find a touch of the magical mystery tour and even an echo of Poulenc in this work, but the main elements of the piece are McCartney's own. What is wonderful is the profound spirituality within it, and we are treated to gloriously lyrical melodies that are McCartney's trademark. Furthermore, there are interesting shifts of mood, from a passage that will almost reduce you to tears to an organ cadenza that will take your breath away. The more I listen to this music, the more I am drawn into it, and the only reason I have given it four stars and not five is that I have a feeling that McCartney still has more to give us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regsboy on 8 Jun. 2007
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What can I say other than it works for me, I don't usually venture too much into classical music , my taste are very varied ranging from 60's pop, indie, soul, blues, ect but I was intriqued with this one and like that famous advert says it touches parts that the others don't - it also makes me want to discover more classical music which cant be a bad thing.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Judith on 10 Oct. 2006
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Ecce Cor Meum translates as Behold my Heart and here is lovely music and words blended to perfection by highly skilled singers and musicians into a perfect picture of Sir Paul McCartneys heart. Emotionally raw and beautifully melodic there are parts of this oratorio where you just want to let tears flow. At other points such as when the Tower of London's mighty organ lets rip you want to shout Yippee! The more you listen the deeper the music infiltrates your brain. This wonderful new classical composition has to be experienced.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Catherine J. Young on 4 Nov. 2006
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I attended the premiere of Ecce cor Meum last night and was transported by the almost unbearable beauty of this piece. Paul McCartney has surpassed himself with this comositional arrangement, which is far more sophisticated and moving than anything he has atempted before. Almost transcendental in its soaring spirituality the choirs, orchestra and soloist combine indeed to move music onto another level. In this piece, the words almost say everything,but listen to Paul Mc Cartney,'s heart and you will hear all that is in his soul - music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Kay on 24 Mar. 2011
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Pleasant background listening, but lacking in any real musical depth.
Also, I think Paul McC wrote it as a memorial to his late first wife Linda, so respect.
I've been a big fan of Paul McCartney since childhood, but he is better at Rock and Pop.
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