Paul McCartney’s “Ecce Cor Meum” Reviewed

Written by | June 28, 2018 17:40 pm | No Comments

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Solo album #40 was Paul McCartney’s fourth classical album and as always it begs the question: why did he never learn to read music. When McCartney does a classical album it is as though he has to dictate a novel because he doesn’t know how to write. Actually, it is even more difficult than that because he has to arrange for different instruments and put them together and he can’t do it. Okay, he can do it but only with a lot of help and I am sure it effects his skills.

Ecce Cor Meum (Latin for Behold My Heart) is an oratorio in four movements, it is produced by John Fraser, written in Latin and English, and scored for orchestra and boys and adult choir. According to Wikipedia: “Ecce Cor Meum had been more than eight years in the making and its origins follow in the tradition of composers commissioned to write music for Magdalen College, Oxford. Sir 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.”. Londa died in the middle and Paul added a requiem for Linda in the middle.

“The Interlude (Lament” is the best part of the oration, it is a genuinely moving piece of work helped enormously by Mark Law on piccolo trumpet, he gives the music a haunted quality. The rest of it sounds… well, even to my ill informed ears it sounds like self-evident classical. Do you want more info? Read this . Otherwise, this is really a disappointment and the worst of his classical efforts.

 

Grade: C

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