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McCartney adopts Latin for album
Sir Paul McCartney
An inscription on a statue in a New York church inspired the album title
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has recorded a classical music album which is sung partially in Latin, a language he studied at high school in Liverpool.

Ecce Cor Meum - or Behold My Heart - was first performed in 2001 and will be released on 26 September.

The oratorio in four movements marks Sir Paul's fourth classical release.

The 64-year-old said he hopes the choral work "could be sung by young people the world over in the same way that Handel's Messiah is".

Written for choir and orchestra, the text combines both English and Latin.

Sir Paul said he felt it would be "appropriate" to employ Latin at times during the oratorio as it was "known and sung by choirs all over the world".

College commission

The work was commissioned by Magdalen College in Oxford in honour of its concert hall more than eight years ago.

The boys' choir from the college features on the album, which was made at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles recorded much of their music in the 1960s.

Other featured singers include soprano Kate Royal, boys from King's College Choir in Cambridge and members of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Sir Paul's three previous classical albums were Liverpool Oratorio (released in 1991), Standing Stone (1997) and Working Classical (1999).

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