Paul McCartney's full-length work of classical music, Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), is Sir Paul's fourth classical album and contains passages inspired by the memory of Linda.
Ecce Cor Meum, more than eight years in the making, follows in the historic tradition of composers commissioned to write music for the world-renowned Magdalen College Oxford.
Paul was specially invited by Magdalen president Anthony Smith to compose something to set the seal on a new concert hall for the college. His hope was for "a choral piece, which could be sung by young people the world over in the same way that Handel's 'Messiah' is."
Ecce Cor Meum is scored for choir and orchestra.
Paul McCartney on Ecce Cor Meum
"The idealistic texts 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," writes critic Robert Levine.
"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."