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Remember that old candy commercial with the colliding snackers?

You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!"
"You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!"

Just goes to show how some of the sweetest things in life are created when disparate elements come together. And music is no exception! 

This week on All Ears, hear what happens when pop and classical flavors collide. Will it be a delicious new flavor…or a gooey, sticky mess? You decide. Guest host Lauren Rico delves into the musical alter egos of Sting, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel, Renée Fleming and Giles Tomkins, among others.


Joel, Billy: Air (Dublinesque)
Richard Joo, piano
Sony 85397
Joel, Billy: And So it Goes
Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone
Opening Day 9338

Joel, Billy: She’s Always A Woman
The King’s Singers
Signum UK 121

Dowland, John: Fantasy
Sting, vocals
Edin Karamazov, lute
DG 8448
Dowland, John: Come Again
Sting, vocals
Edin Karamazov, lute
DG 8448
Sting: Message In A Bottle
Sting, vocals
Edin Karamazov, lute
DG 8448
Cohen, Leonard: Hallelujah
Renée Fleming, soprano
Mercury 2739699
Puccini, Giacomo: Che Gelida Manina (from La Boheme)
Michael Bolton, tenor
Steven Mercurio, The Philharmonia Orchestra
Sony 63077
Faure, Gabriel: Pavane
Bobby McFerrin, vocals
Bobby McFerrin, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sony 64600
Simon, Carly: Let the River Run
Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare
Harmonia Mundi 907534
McCartney, Paul: Interlude (from Ecce Cor Meum)
Gavin Greenway, London Voices, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
EMI Classics 70424
McCartney. Paul: Eleanor Rigby
Joshua Bell, violin
Frankie Moreno, vocal
Sony 752716
McCartney, Paul: Ticket to Ride
The Swingle Singers
A Cappella 3355c  
Bach, JS: Sheep May Safely Graze from BWV 208
Bach, JS: Badinerie from Suite No.2 BWV 1067
Bach,JS: Air (from Orchestra Suite No.3) BWV 1068
Mozart, WA: Rondo (from Horn Concerto No.4 K.495
The Swingle Singers
A Cappella 2070c  
Evans, David “The Edge”: With or Without You
Sony 910112
Moody, Ben: My Immortal
The Vitamin String Quartet
Digital Download
Martin, Chris: Viva La Vida
Sony 910112
Waters, Roger: Selections from “The Wall” (arr. Aysedeniz Gokcin)
Aysedeniz Gokcin, piano
CD Baby 700261905297
Elias, Jonathan: The Prayer Cycle (selections)
Alanis Morissette, Salif Keita, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt,  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Richard Bona, Yungchen Lhamo, Perry Farrell, vocals
The American Boychoir
The English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Lawrence Schwartz, conductor
Sony Classical  60569