Piano star Richard Clayderman offers duet with ‘great composer’ Ed Sheeran

French pianist Richard Clayderman hailed Ed Sheeran as a “great composer” and offered a duet after seeing the singer-songwriter in concert.

The 68-year-old classical musician watched Sheeran perform at the Stade de France, near Paris, before the pandemic hit and covered one of his songs for his latest album.

His version of Perfect Symphony sits alongside a cover of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and standards such as Waltz Of The Flowers and Radetzky March on his new album, Forever Love.

Ed Sheeran (AP)

Clayderman, best known for his 1977 play Ballade Pour Adeline and his work with composer Paul de Senneville, expressed his desire to work with Sheeran.

He told the PA news agency: “I would love to. It was a pleasure for me to duet with him.

“He’s a great composer, he’s a great singer, he does a very good concert.

“I saw him in France two years, before the Covid, in a big stadium in Paris – at the Stade de France.

“It was great because he was all alone on stage with his guitar and his loop pedal.”

Clayderman suggested his piano and Sheeran’s vocals would work well together, adding, “Maybe one day.”

He said he chose Perfect Symphony, a lyrical version of the chart-topping 2017 single Perfect originally featuring Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, for its melody.

He said: “First of all, it’s a very beautiful melody, very beautiful, and I thought it was perfect for my piano.

“It was very nice for me to listen to the melody and try to bring all the emotion of Ed Sheeran with my way of playing the piano.

“I think it was a good combination – those melodies, the piano, the way I play the piano. It was great for me to play that track.

Clayderman said he chose to cover Coldplay after using the classically influenced track Viva La Vida, which includes strings and percussion, to open his concerts.

Talking about recording pop music, he adds: “For the arrangements, I try to have my style of arranging with strings, with a nice rhythm section.

“Of course it’s not easy sometimes but it depends on the title. It depends on the melody.

“I think it’s great to have this beautiful melody, to have my strings with me for the arrangement.”

Forever Love: Three Little Words by Richard Clayderman is out now.

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