In the competition for 2007 Classical BRIT Best Album, a record commemorating late wife has stolen classical fans endorsement. Paul McCartney's "Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)" won out of nominees like Sting, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel.
McCartney wrote the fourth classical album when his wife Linda McCartney was in the battle of breast cancer. The project came to a two-years halt for he decided to direct his attention to Linda. When she passed away in 1998, McCartney geared it up until its release in 2006.
"When she died, it stalled me. I just couldn't do anything, really. I was just grieving. I remember sitting at the keyboards, crying, more like weeping, actually. It was kind of therapeutic. I still find it a very sad piece of music, but in an uplifting way," he said in a 2006 interview.
Classical BRIT Awards' winners were announced on May 3 at Royal Albert Hall. The winners are based on the votes by classical fans and here are the complete list of the champions:
1) Album of the Year- Sir Paul McCartney
2) Young British Classical Performer- Ruth PalmerShostakovich
3) Singer of the Year-Anna Netrebko
4) Classical Recording of the Year - Sir Simon Rattle
5) Soundtrack Composer of the Year- George Fenton
6) Instrumentalist of the Year-Leif Ove Andsnes - Horizons
7) Lifetime Achievement Award -Dr Vernon Handley