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Ecce Cor Meum Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000HC2NL0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. I Spiritus
2. II Gratia
3. Interlude (Lament)
4. III Musica
5. IV Ecce

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Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) is the fourth classical based work created by Paul McCartney for EMI Classics. This compelling new work is an Oratorio scored for choir, soprano and orchestra in four movements, each beginning with unaccompanied voices with text combining both English and Latin. The music is full of color and drama and, of course, a wealth of glorious melody for which Paul McCartney is so well known.

Paul McCartney's new "classical" oratorio is called Ecce Cor Meum, which translates as "Behold My Heart." The idealistic texts, also by McCartney, are meditations on goodness, spirituality, peace, and love, and are well served by the pretty, Romantic melodies; the long choral and orchestral sections flow one into the next. The Interlude (composed after the death of his wife, Linda), with its lovely oboe solo, is simple and moving. The music builds throughout to an emotional climax and the entrance of the organ later in the work--beautifully played and handsomely recorded--is quite remarkable. This is a far more advanced work than 1991's Liverpool Oratorio: better orchestrated, more through-composed. No, it's not the last word in compositional sophistication, but it has many beautiful moments, and McCartney's legions of fans will need to own it. --Robert Levine

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An epic of classical/choral music, flowing through your head with emotional ups and down takes you through battles between war and peace, love, sadness and hope...listen to it loud with headphones..close your eyes and you feel inside an epic in the middle of these emotions..every note is perfect, instruments perfect for the sound of the music, lyrics very true...only Paul can write such a masterpiece in modern times..cannot wait to go home and listen to it again...
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I wasn't sure what to expect, not having listened to McCartney's previous orchestral works. He is also my least favorite songwriter among the Beatle trio of Harrison, McCartney and Lennon. Despite that, I was blown away. This is a sweeping, melodious, lyrical and beautiful piece of work. Just a few minutes ago, my wife (not a big Beatles fan) walked by and asked "what is this, it's really lovely". Ignore the NY Times review. I believe this work will delight even the non-classical music listener. My opinion of McCartney has vaulted sky high!
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If you're a fan of McCartney or choral music, you will enjoy this work. As one might expect, McCartney's facility with melody is quite apparent here. The work is more a series of interconnected pieces rather than a continuous work on one theme. Nevertheless, the overall effect is both soothing and inspirational. No doubt Andrew Davis, who assisted McCartney in transcribing and arranging this work, deserves a lot of credit for the final product. If you enjoy chamber music, choral music with more than a hint of C of E, this CD is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Ecce" Misses the Mark June 11 2007
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My old harmony teacher once remarked, "You can't throw away the rules unless you know which rules you're throwing away. Not surprisingliy, this is the case with "Ecce Cor Meum." When tunesmithing, most writing is done intuitively. In other words, the "how" of it comes from exposure to countless examples of popular/rock music. It's done by osmosis and most (but by no means all) pop tunes are tweaked into existence.

In the case of "serious" music, though, it is like any work of art. It is done by understanding the medium and understanding the progress of the art itself.

McCartney's attempt at a serious work falls short in most every respect. It is dull and colorless with occasional tender moments. An extended passage involving the oboe was particularly poignant. Otherwise the repetitiveness of the work makes for rather difficult sustained listening.

In his program notes, the composer seemed to think that lack of formal training in music, even with notation, was an asset rather than a liability. We beg to differ. The understanding of the dynamics of harmony, rhythm and melody in the course of a large work is as important to the composer as color and its use is to a painter.

Having to write 40-45 minutes of orchestral and choral music is a whole lot different than 32 bars of, say, "Michelle" or "Will You Still Love Me When I'm 64?" (Which of course we always will, Paul!)

Even a master composer like George Gershwin was limited, albeit much more successful, in his attempts at larger works. That said, there is hope of McCartney. I'd like to see more from his pen.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Beauty Jan. 19 2007
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This may not be what many call a "standard" classical piece. It stands out, and is something all it's own.

The vocals are lovely, with the harmonies rising and falling, bringing you to various places in the somewhat "spiritual" journey of this work.

This music, in my opinion, needs to be felt. The lyrics are fairly simple, though full of imagery. What gives them the strength they have is the power behind them. This music lives and breathes. Not just notes on a page, it gets into your very core.

I urge anyone to listen to this CD. Not only Paul fans. I think many will find it inspirational, beautiful, and enjoyable to listen to.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we listening to the same piece of music? Aug. 3 2008
By C. Cleveland - Published on
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How can I be listening to the same piece of music that another reviewer here finds "vapid" and "uneventful"? That is the question I ask myself, and the only answer I've been able to think of is, perhaps, that the other reviewer is looking for Hamlet set to music. Five acts of increasing tension released by a bloodbath in the fifth act. That would certainly be a fun and perhaps worthwhile musical project, but Hamlet's agony has little to do with what McCartney is trying to do in this oratorio. McCartney's trying to live, not die.

This work, as anyone who considers the lyrics, much less the music, will recognize, is a set of meditations on matters spiritual, material, personal, and musical. It is a highly confessional and personal look at the heart and mind that make Paul McCartney tick. The lyrics consider the questions of how to find light and spirit and love in your life. The answer is that you pray, and praying loudly and demandingly is okay with McCartney. There is spirit in the world, and you can connect with it. If your connection is sound, it will bring you all the treasures of life and love and successful communication of your heart. Ecce Cor Meum is full of climaxes, and excitement, and tempo and mood changes. There are contrapuntal passages liberally strewed throughout the work, and there are gorgeous instrumental colors, and lonely voices plaintively singing their way out of gloom and darkness and despair into light and joy and forward motion. It does not have architectural structure, but it is in constant spiritual and musical motion.

"Let the good that surrounds us help us to always care." "Take love away and we are ruined." Lead us "into the light of your sweet song." "There in the future we may be apart. Here in my music I show you my heart."

The piece is undoubtedly colored by the death of Linda McCartney in the middle of its composition, and what McCartney learned of finding the light again, and how to react to making mistakes while looking for the light. The personal credo expressed in this composition has been tested by the worst that could happen to this particular composer, and he uses his own dark night of the soul to strengthen his personal philosophy of love, light, music, and positive action.

What it is not is uneventful and vapid, unless you think that love doesn't exist, that there is no such thing as spirit, and that music is primarily for entertainment. Music can save your soul, McCartney sings, and his soloist and choirs sing convincingly. The music reaches, and surges, and batters down the gates of heaven on earth.

I can easily understand those who have reported that they listen to the piece over and over again. It's heartening, it's exciting, it's seriously melodic and wildly expressive. Ecce Cor Meum is just one man's testimony to what's important in life, but the man in question is one of the most talented and inventive musicians around.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WEARING HIS WALTON ON HIS SLEEVE Oct. 3 2006
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
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Among his classical efforts, Paul McCartney has turned in his most fully realized effort yet. He is light years away from the orchestrations that seemed so simplistic with A LEAF, or even long passages of LIVERPOOL ORATORIO, and this is definitively not Classical Lite. That's what the years, the travails will do for you in more serious music. It ain't the years , it's the mileage, and that's true in his pop/rock efforts as well. The McCartney of FLOWERS IN THE DIRT and all that has followed bears no resemblance to the lead guy of Wings or Red Rose Speedway. Thank God.

McCartney's is a pastoral England when it comes to the Classics. This choral work would stand well along side the works of William Walton, Arnold Bax, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and that's something to be especially proud of. McCartney has said of his famous pop career that what he was proudest of was that the works of The Beatles were always about Love, Peace, Understanding. That remians the core theme of this work. The lyrics are what you would expect from Paul: direct entreaties to the heart filled with compassion and a sentimentality that seems to have left the cynical world of soundbites and political liars. Like the Dalai Lhama or Tich Nhat Hanh, whse encomiums seem too simplistic to answer the world's pains, Mc Cartney directs his thoughts and prayers to what is essentailly human about us all, and he refuses to give up hope and faith.

There's something to be said for that. It's not a silly love song. This is the heart that he and in his view all of us would want each other to behold. He gets that across more convincingly than anyone this side of Arvo Part.

The choir and the orchestration are perfect through out. McCartney, a choirboy reject, seems to want to still prove to whomever canned him that he could do it. And does he ever! You'll find this a disc you will return to often, especially when your mind needs a rest. I'd like to hope that McCartney will now aim for more adventurous efforts, using perhaps either Taverner or Maxwell Davies as iconic beams. We shall see. In any case, be it in his rock mode or classical efforts, Paul McCartney is in the midst of a terrific golden age. His writing, performing and his vision have never been better, more to the point of what our souls need. Well done.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars McCartney a class act as usual Jan. 9 2007
By Carol W. Bachofner - Published on
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Paul McCartney has done it again. This choral piece, set in the liturgical scene of Greater London, is a smash. It combines all the thrill of the music itself with the haunting vocals of youth and desire. A real stunner! Brilliant to the core.