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    So we have a thread of ugly album covers, but we don't have a thread showcasing the many rather beautiful and wonderful classical album covers out there.

    A few examples:






    And generally the rest of Naïve's Vivaldi Edition.


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    and the 6 other Glossa cds in their handel italian series.

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    Here's a selection of the best ones I have. Click on them to see full size.

    Sandor Balassa (Hungarian composer):

    BALASSA.jpg

    Venetian scene, Alfredo Casella:

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    Some Villa-Lobos covers on the BIS label:

    VILLA-LOBOS2.jpg

    VILLA-LOBOS3.jpg

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    Personally I hate those Naive Vivaldi covers. They convey absolutely nothing about what you are buying. It's baroque music not some ghastly haute couture and the artist is Vivaldi not Karl Lagerfeld or Issey Miyake. On the other hand... I quite like the Beethoven Missa Solemnis... but then again, I'm a huge William Blake fan. I also agree that those Glossa Handel discs are quite elegant... as are most of their covers.

    A few I quite like:







    And then there's this classic cover that was so bad its good. With that neon purple radioactive glow it looks like it should be promoting a B-horror flick: The Mad Brain Devours Mozart!


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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Personally I hate those Naive Vivaldi covers. They convey absolutely nothing about what you are buying. It's baroque music not some ghastly haute couture and the artist is Vivaldi not Karl Lagerfeld or Issey Miyake.
    I agree that the images aren't that related, but I do think that they are rather beautiful nevertheless.


    I don't like the look Dennis is giving me.

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    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Where are the classics?




    The most beautiful Richter CD there is, probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Personally I hate those Naive Vivaldi covers. They convey absolutely nothing about what you are buying.
    I have to agree with you on those covers...No offense to Aksel and I do see why some might like them, as the women are very stylish and beautiful, however - are we selling hair products here, or music?

    This is a recording I ended up buying because I liked the title of the work and the cover. The music also turned out to be pretty decent.


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    (the actual cover doesn't have that sickly green glow, which is presumably an artifact of photography).

    I like this cover because of its simplicity. It's piano music, so here's a piano.


    Each disc of Neeme Järvi's Dvořák symphony cycle on Chandos follows this pattern, each in a different color and with a different picture. Because many of the couplings are tone poems, it is easy to find a subject to put on the cover, which was done for the Golden Spinning Wheel here. The artwork is probably not for everybody, but I enjoy it.

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    I don't like the look Dennis is giving me.

    Like I said, I think this cover is absolutely so bad that it's good.

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    I have to agree with you on those covers...No offense to Aksel and I do see why some might like them, as the women are very stylish and beautiful, however - are we selling hair products here, or music?

    We know what they're selling with this cover...



    ... although it makes sense in that Carmen was certainly dealing the same "product".

    The recording is actually quite good. Solti with 4 of the finest singers: Placido Domingo, Jose Van Dam, Shirley Verrett and Kiri Te Kanawa

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    I have to agree with you on those covers...No offense to Aksel and I do see why some might like them, as the women are very stylish and beautiful, however - are we selling hair products here, or music?

    We know what they're selling with this cover...



    ... although it makes sense in that Carmen was certainly dealing the same "product".

    The recording is actually quite good. Solti with 4 of the finest singers: Placido Domingo, Jose Van Dam, Shirley Verrett and Kiri Te Kanawa
    The Opera d'Oro covers are rather... interesting, though. Have you seen the urinating gazelle they have for Die Frau ohne Schatten?

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    Still one of my favorite covers. Love the blue glow and the "ice" look.
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    The Opera d'Oro covers are rather... interesting, though. Have you seen the urinating gazelle they have for Die Frau ohne Schatten?

    I can't say I've had the... the... "pleasure".

    I have seen a number of others. Recently their covers all seem by the same illustrator who has an obsession with Magritte and Surrealism... and naked women:











    The number of covers they have by this single artist leads me to believe that they must sell... and I must admit that the cover of Carmen grabbed my attention long enough that I gave a look at the singers and the conductor involved... and realized that in spite of being a less-well-known label, they had something worth having.

    Of course there are covers designed by other artists and in other styles on the label as well. I actually quite like the Viennese fin de siecle/art nouveau style of their Ring cycle (one of the finest recordings, by the way...):


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