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    Default Who the hell designs Cecilia Bartoli's album covers?

    I have never bought a Bartoli album and never will if it means making room on my shelf for such grotesqueries as these.




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    It's like pain reliever ads. The point is that you notice them, not that you like them!


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    I was hoping that those pictures were a joke, and then I looked them up myself...

    Besides laughter, I can't offer anything constructive.
    Last edited by Novelette; Dec-20-2012 at 07:01.

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    The, um, "adults only" sites I hang around on have given me an endless tolerance for anything that doesn't actually make my eyes bleed.

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    They are rather freaky, but they do tie in rather nicely with the overall theme of the albums themselves.

    And the actual singing is lovely.
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    What the hell, do you buy Albums or CDs to display the covers or listen to the recorded sound on them?

    Shallow :-)

    P.s. I agree they are beyond tasteless....
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    I think Opera Proibita (c2005) was the first of her somewhat controversial covers, so seven years later with Mission, says it's working. Bartoli and Vienna New Years Day CDs put up amazing numbers.

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    I love the covers. They are making a point about the content - the first about the spy and diplomatic missions of the priest Augostino Steffani and the second about the terrible sacrifice imposed on castrati so that society could hear their ethereal singing.
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    I think the first one is very good, far better than most classical music CD covers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I think Opera Proibita (c2005) was the first of her somewhat controversial covers, so seven years later with Mission, says it's working. Bartoli and Vienna New Years Day CDs put up amazing numbers.

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    A paraphrase on Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita of course, being organized here: ekberg2_h.jpg

    a different angle from the film here:
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    Using film still photos and inspiration for CD/LP covers has a long tradition -
    the pianist Lewenthal, a specialist on the Romantic repertoire, posed as Dracula / Bela Lugosi for his LP of Liszt Totentanz etc.
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    Renee Flemming in Strauss´ Daphne of course alludes to the Ovidian metamorphosis of the ancient myth, the nymph becoming transformed into a tree at the end of the tale

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    The first Bartoli listed here I´d call surprisingly critical towards religious dogmatism, though.
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    Hmmm welll... I like her opera proibita cover, others have good concept, but they hide her beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietro View Post
    Hmmm welll... I like her opera proibita cover, others have good concept, but they hide her beauty!
    Well, beauty is often an elusive (sometimes untruthful) product with CD covers imagery. And other medium. That's the advertising game. Like the covers, or not, I think Bartoli is confident in playing with her beauty, to get the primary message across. That's real good in my mind.

    I've seen her in three concerts, albeit some time ago, so I have an idea what she looks like. Giving latitude for makeup, of course, not bad.
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    I adore Bartoli's passion for her album concepts, but I'm not always sure if I share her tastes (and I believe they are hers).

    For instance, in the book that came with the "Maria Malibran" album, there was a photo of Bartoli looking down in grief to the death mask of the singer; like a Pietà. Regarding a person that's been dead for over 150 years, that pose struck me as rather odd.

    But better try something and make an occasional misstep, instead of following the beaten path of pretty and nondescript.

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    i personally enjoy these rather different covers. they really stand out and make for a good laugh sometimes. the sacrificium cover had me on tears when i first saw it.

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    I only came across this singer a few months ago when Baroque Music posted this link on their Facebook page. It's brilliant, but when I saw the cover design for the Steffani cd, I was so put off, I didn't risk buying it. So that's one sale lost. But I suppose it may appeal to the edgier, cooler buyer.




    I still love the clip though. And Baroque Music was unable to tell me what they are quarrelling about. Can anyone on TC help? That would be fabulous!
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