When you listen to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” it doesn’t exactly scream acoustic orchestra performance, so be prepared to be a little surprised by this one. Last week, experimental band Antony & the Johnsons took the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York, with Symphony Orchestra, and delivered a live performance of the hit, which they’ve covered in the past. Lead singer English singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty sang while a 60-piece orchestra played along with pianos, violins and even some saxophone. While this version doesn’t feature Jay-Z, or a rap interlude of any kind, it doesn’t seem to leave the live audience disappointed.
Between Hegarty’s “God-like” wardrobe and the symphony music, it becomes pretty easy to get distracted and forget the song was originally sung as hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ode to love. That being said, it is also what makes the cover so interesting. It’s hard to tear your eyes, and ears, away from Hegarty as he belts out the song with a somewhat jazzy twist. It comes off as well-done, romantic and almost magical in all of its well-timed notes and musical interludes. The video isn’t the best quality, but check it out below and prepare to be mesmerized.
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