Paul McCartney’s new orchestral album has its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Friday (November 3).
The album “Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)” – a work for chorus and orchestra in four movements – is not the first time the ex-Beatle has scored classical music.
McCartney collaborated with Carl Davis for his first foray into classical music in 1991, to compose the quasi-autobiographical “Liverpool Oratorio”.
“The Liverpool Oratorio” had its US premiere in Carnegie Hall in New York in November 1991.
His second classical piece , “Standing Stone”, was completed in 1997 and in 1999 he released his third ” Working Classical.”
” Ecce Cor Meum” has been described by McCartney as a “modern classic” and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with musicians from the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, and the boys of King’s College Choir and Magdalen College, Oxford.
The album is available now through EMI Classics.