Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 27 of 27

Thread: Opera CD Cover Images You Don't Like (and why)

  1. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Posts
    135
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    These examples which I think look very nice might be useful for comparison...

    These reissues enjoy a simple layout, the composer receives lots of attention, the cast members are treated more equally in terms of font size and spacing, they do not involve a lot of posing and staring into the middle distance

    Wagner Walkure - Nilsson Leinsdorf.JPG

    Verdi Luisa Miller- Caballe Maag.JPG

    Verdi Otello - Vickers Serafin.JPG

  2. Likes Bulldog, Marinera liked this post
  3. #17
    Senior Member WildThing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    794
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I never warmed to this series, ugly Betty material.
    I actually like the Andrea Chenier in this series, very vibrant. And it doesn't hurt that the recording is pretty awesome.


  4. Likes davidglasgow, Pugg liked this post
  5. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    38,640
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WildThing View Post
    I actually like the Andrea Chenier in this series, very vibrant. And it doesn't hurt that the recording is pretty awesome.

    Well we can all agree to disagree, I like the recording too, those covers s### however.
    Last edited by Pugg; Feb-03-2018 at 06:53.

  6. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    328
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    R-5872416-1405376184-2009.jpeg.jpg

    The ugliest cover in my collection is this 1972 stereophonized LP version of the (wonderful) Böhm 1955 Philips Figaro. I have never seen a more tasteless combination of fonts and the backside of the violet cover is orange.

  7. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    38,640
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by alanmichael1 View Post
    R-5872416-1405376184-2009.jpeg.jpg

    The ugliest cover in my collection is this 1972 stereophonized LP version of the (wonderful) Böhm 1955 Philips Figaro. I have never seen a more tasteless combination of fonts and the backside of the violet cover is orange.

    I do think this is even worse:


  8. Likes ldiat, SixFootScowl, alanmichael1 and 2 others liked this post
  9. #21
    Senior Member SixFootScowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Next to Detroit, Michigan
    Posts
    14,945
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Never liked this cover as I think it goes beyond what Bellini had in mind. Seems I recall from the libretto (been a couple years since I read it) that Rodolfo never touched her. And while she was in a nightgown, I don't think he was stripped down to his skivvies. But I guess we would have to ask Bellini.
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Feb-28-2018 at 05:20.
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
    --Malcolm X

  10. Likes davidglasgow liked this post
  11. #22
    Senior Member Itullian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    12,889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Any Jonas Kaufmann solo album.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

  12. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    328
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Never liked this cover as I think it goes beyond what Bellini had in mind. Seems I recall from the libretto (been a couple years since I read it) that Rodolfo never touched her. And while she was in a nightgown, I don't think he was stripped down to his skivvies. But I guess we would have to ask Bellini.
    TBH I always found the story of the sleepwalking girl who walks directly to the Count's sofa extremely ridiculous and I think the cover captures the subtext of the story well .

    Talking about ugly Figaro boxsets, this one is even more tasteless, especially for a 1990s release. But Julia Varady's Contessa is not to be missed!

    R-8653164-1465977292-9296.jpeg.jpg

  13. Likes Marinera, davidglasgow liked this post
  14. #24
    Senior Member elgars ghost's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Worcestershire, England
    Posts
    10,310
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Capriccio have reissued a series of operas at budget price where the covers have been 'babed' up - I for one prefer the plainer originals. Here are two examples:




    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

  15. Likes alanmichael1, Marinera, davidglasgow liked this post
  16. #25
    Senior Member elgars ghost's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Worcestershire, England
    Posts
    10,310
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Ok, here is another one. This cover image is not even of Maria Stuarda, but of a someone not even associated with this opera. They must have had a trainee do the cover for this one.

    That looks more like Queen Anne to me - and her reign didn't begin until 1702, 115 years after Mary's execution.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

  17. Likes SixFootScowl, davidglasgow liked this post
  18. #26
    Senior Member SixFootScowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Next to Detroit, Michigan
    Posts
    14,945
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    [/URL]
    Reminds me of the witch in the movie The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
    --Malcolm X

  19. Likes elgars ghost, davidglasgow liked this post
  20. #27
    Senior Member Barbebleu's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    (not so)Great Britain
    Posts
    5,200
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I think I would have preferred a picture of the wardrobe!
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

  21. Likes davidglasgow liked this post
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Greatest Cover Songs
    By Phil loves classical in forum Non-Classical Music
    Replies: 104
    Last Post: Aug-20-2021, 05:57
  2. Worst Cover Songs
    By Phil loves classical in forum Non-Classical Music
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jan-04-2018, 22:14
  3. Images in Groups
    By Balthazar in forum Site Feedback & Technical Support
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Dec-20-2017, 07:52
  4. Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere (Dramatic orchestral Cover Cover)
    By aronvs in forum The Movie Corner: Music for Cinema and TV
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Dec-04-2017, 12:29
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: Nov-13-2017, 19:58

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •