I think this is a great idea, not only because it introduces "classical" artist to some of the "pop" crowd, but because it loosens the culturally rigid boundaries between classical and all other musics. Will I buy it? No.
Renée Fleming, darling of the opera world, has a new album titled “Dark Hope,” on which she covers indie rock acts including Death Cab for Cutie and Mars Volta. The classical world scratches its head at the impulse. The recording’s promoters — and Ms. Fleming herself — shy away from calling it a crossover album, calling it instead, “somewhat sheepishly” as The Times’s chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini writes in an essay in Arts & Leisure, a visit to a “parallel universe.”