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Saturday, January 18, 2014

2Cellos 2Cellos (Smallz & Raskind)

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.

Playlist


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
2Cellos
Sony 910112
 
Moody, Ben: My Immortal
The Vitamin String Quartet
Digital Download
 
Martin, Chris: Viva La Vida
2Cellos
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

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Comments [13]

concetta nardone from Nassau

RE: Michael Bolton's My Secret Passion, my son purchased this cd for me out of curiosity. Bolton actually made an honest effort singing these arias. I was all set to scoff, but did not because it was evident that hard work was involved. For Bolton, this was probably a labor of love and love should not be scoffed at.

Jan. 19 2014 11:02 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

RE: Michael Bolton's My Secret Passion, my son purchased this cd for me out of curiosity. Bolton actually made an honest effort singing these arias. I was all set to scoff, but did not because it was evident that hard work was involved. For Bolton, this was probably a labor of love and love should not be scoffed at.

Jan. 19 2014 11:02 AM
Simone from brooklyn

My husband and I usually listen to this ststion at night and I was getting ready to turn in when I heard the music. I was like wait that's Evanescence. So I started singing. As a fan of Rock music and classical, I think this is a nice mix. I enjoyed the other tunes that followed as well. Keep it up.

Jan. 19 2014 07:37 AM

I've always been a big fan of The King's Singers, including their 'popular' music ventures. Their "Short People" is a delight.

DD~~

Jan. 19 2014 01:51 AM
Douglas Berry from Asbury Park NJ

Great Show Lauren Rico!! Crossover is an excellent idea - Rene Fleming was my favorite trak, tho Sting was good too - Was It Good?? Duke Ellington said "If it Sounds Good it Is Good!!

Jan. 19 2014 12:25 AM
Nick Pal from New Jersey

I have wqxr playing when I am home, heard the U2 song, loved it, had to go online to find out who performed it. Certain songs just lend themselves to good 'classical' interpretations. I think teachers should use this to get teens exposed to older music such as Debussy. The Pink Floyd stuff is great.

Jan. 18 2014 11:47 PM
Silversalty from Deep Space Nine

Going with the crossover theme, whenever I hear the voice of Lauren Rico this is what I see:

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/8400000/Ezri-Dax-star-trek-deep-space-nine-8476381-436-599.jpg

Exact same voice.

Jan. 18 2014 11:12 PM
Jonathan Baker from NYC

Your announcer asked for reactions - and my reaction is delight. I always enjoy hearing pop musicians give their take on 'classical' music, as well as formally trained classical musicians interpretations of contemporary pop music. I have always admired the creative imagination of Billy Joel, Lennon-McCartney, among others.

Conversely, pianist Earl Wild made marvelous etudes out of Gershwin tunes, just as various classical artists on tonight's program have brought new insights to the contemporary music performed. And lastly, on a personal note, may I say as a professional musician how tired I am of having to constantly refer to the polarizing words "classical" and "popular", as if Bach were unpopular, or every contemporary musician were universally popular. We need to be more imaginative with our references.

Thumbs up on this evenings program! Thank you.

Jan. 18 2014 11:11 PM
Joseph Flynn from Alfred, N.Y.

What a wonderful program. For more than forty years I used popular music in my literature classes to bridge to contemporary and classical poetry. It nearly always worked beyond my wildest imaginings. Genuine love for music, song, poetry and the arts brings boundless, bounding and joyous connections. Thank you for a splendid program.

Jan. 18 2014 11:07 PM
Paul Forster

great show, Fleming fantastic

Jan. 18 2014 10:58 PM
Silversalty from A few blocks from Rue Marie-Anne

As a Montreal boy of course I'm partial to Leonard Cohen. I don't remember anything like this sound from Ms. Fleming on a recent CD of hers, though maybe I missed it.

Superb.

Re: Michael Bolton. He made the mistake of appearing on a Letterman show with Pavarotti. Let's say one of them needed an amp while the other had the audience holding on to their seats a la that old audio ad ("Blown Away Guy").

Jan. 18 2014 10:42 PM
Peter Feldman from New york City

You must be ashamed to broadcast such repulsive rendition of Puccini's Che gelida manina by Michael Bolton.

Jan. 18 2014 10:41 PM
James Mulcare from Westbury, NY

Renee Fleming just took my breath away....

Jan. 18 2014 10:35 PM

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