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15 January 2021, 15:27 | Updated: 25 January 2021, 10:42
Annie Lennox takes on a Beethoven masterwork, and nails it like the music royalty she is…
For many of us, all this time at home has presented a silver-lining opportunity to sit down with a once beloved musical instrument and practise, practise, practise.
And it seems one pop legend has had the same idea.
“I’ve been practising a great deal because It doesn’t seem that I’ve ever managed to play it perfectly.
“But I’m going to try! So, just for the record, here we go…”
It’s a wonderful performance. Lennox even gains a tiny fly-on-the-wall audience member, as a little bird hears the beautiful Beethoven and does his best to join in – socially distanced, of course – from the other side of the window.
Lennox, who is perhaps best-known musically for her feel-good 90s hit ‘Walking on Broken Glass’, plays the first movement of the German Romantic’s enduring sonata with beautiful expression and sensitivity.
And her performance, which has been enjoyed by more than 400,000 people across Instagram and YouTube, is being praised by music lovers all over the world for its star’s humble approach to music practice.
After all, how often do you see a legendary pop star being completely open and vulnerable about their journey to perfecting a song or piece of music?
As LVB himself once said – and as one particularly astute YouTube user pointed out – “To play a wrong note is insignificant. But to play without passion is inexcusable…”.