The pop/classical debate that’s raged in the comments here, I mean. That’s what’s over.
As much as any figure in contemporary classical music, Sir Simon, 56 years old, has stood for an expansion of the concert repertory, and a conversation about music may reference anyone from the Beatles and jazz singer Betty Carter to Björk–“everybody is listening to everything,” he says, of the current state of music, classical, popular and otherwise.
Which really is a motto for our musical time. Everybody is listening to everything. So the people who insist with such passion, in the comments here, that pop music just isn’t good — they’re such a minority that the debate is almost pointless. Or would be if there weren’t lingering remains of the old beliefs, still planted in various corners of the classical music world.
And the lesson we might draw from this is: that classical music has to coexist with pop, and with every other kind of music. And that the classical music world has to show everyone that it understands this, by promoting public pop/classical dialogue, and collaboration.