Classical Crossover: What’s All the Fuss? – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com

Classical Crossover: What’s All the Fuss? - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com.

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.”

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4 comments for “Classical Crossover: What’s All the Fuss? – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com

  1. June 7, 2010 at

    The album could, possibly, be good (I haven't heard it).

    I can't imagine any classical music lovers going out and buying a Death Cab for Cutie album after listening to it, though, or Death Cab for Cutie fans running out to buy a Puccini opera recording afterwards.

    What's best about Death Cab for Cutie is what they can bring to their own music. Likewise, what's best about opera singers – is when they sing opera.

    • June 8, 2010 at

      That's a good way to put it. Sometimes I think classical tries too hard to be something it's not.

  2. Jan
    June 2, 2010 at

    Although it does introduce the "classical" artist to some of the "pop" crowd, there is little evidence to suggest that listeners move on to more traditional forms of classical music after being exposed to this classical crossover.. I was reading this article which is worth a read; The Music Void’s Chris McLellan introduces some of the issues facing the classical music sector
    http://bit.ly/aFXHK4

    • June 4, 2010 at

      Jan- I am not surprised. But I think there is still hope of “converting” more than a few to something a bit more classical, with the right recipes. I post a lot of news about fresh ideas for classical music, and there are quite a few fresh innovations out there.

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