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Best cover designs for classial music albums

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The thread title says "designs", not "design". I'll post more of my favourites when time allows!

 

The reason I like the cover I've already posted is that it's a very tasty combination of different textures and shades of red.

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Curious selection as a 'favourite', JP. I mean, lovely lady, I'm sure, but hardly spectacular cover artwork?

 

If this is limited to classical albums, why not something more 'artsy'? I love this one, from the Harmonia Mundi 50' set (which has great fine art on most of the albums). A bit "gay", perhaps, but mirrors the aspect of lute music pretty humourously:

 

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2 minutes ago, Thor said:

Curious selection as a 'favourite', JP. I mean, lovely lady, I'm sure, but hardly spectacular cover artwork?

 

When I made the thread I did not mean "covers with historic paintings", as that's kind of cheating. :)

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11 minutes ago, Thor said:

Curious selection as a 'favourite', JP. I mean, lovely lady, I'm sure, but hardly spectacular cover artwork?

 

If this is limited to classical albums, why not something more 'artsy'? I love this one, from the Harmonia Mundi 50' set (which has great fine art on most of the albums). A bit "gay", perhaps, but mirrors the aspect of lute music pretty humourously:

 

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A great box set! And really not so gay.

 

Btw, isn't that Joseph Fiennes from Shakespeare in Love?

 

9 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

Well there won't be any Naxos albums in this thread, that's for sure:P

 

Really... ;)

 

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Yes, the Harmonia Mundi set is fantastic!

 

I like the slip cover of the Solti/Strauss/Berliner Philharmoniker album -- very minimialistic; just a sunlit sky, no text. Couldn't find it online, however, only the actual cover, which is just the text embossed on a star sky. Also elegant and exclusive, but not very spectacular.

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I was thinking along the same lines.

 

Here's a dramatic favorite of mine. Look at those parallel lines amidst all the chaos. Beautiful.

 

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50 minutes ago, Thor said:

Yes, the Harmonia Mundi set is fantastic!

 

I like the slip cover of the Solti/Strauss/Berliner Philharmoniker album -- very minimialistic; just a sunlit sky, no text. Couldn't find it online, however, only the actual cover, which is just the text embossed on a star sky. Also elegant and exclusive, but not very spectacular.

 

It was literally the second hit when I googled it!

 

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For many years I have been wondering how is it that these classical musicians, whether soloists or orchestra players, have such a high percentage of attractive women among them. I looked for one of those feminist articles complaining about "lookism" during auditions, but found nothing that would confirm that this is the case, much less in such an ubiquitous way. High level musicians are more often than not not exactly 18s, and yet they still have this percentage way higher than a typical social gathering. Make-up and nice clothes are one thing, but I don't believe that this is the only factor. And it's not that I am actively looking for them either---if anything the instruments themselves are more interesting to me, so it's unlikely to be a visual sample bias.

 

Does sexism occur in childhood, determining that the "beautiful girls" will be pushed towards musical training and then on the next "selection stage" encouraged to go professional more frequently by teachers and parents? Are the correlations of good genes with music supposed to be that high? Most of the brilliant composers have been plain, or even ugly, save for a lucky few.

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2 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

It has a lot to do with how the promo pictures are taken. Often, what you see on the album covers doesn't really show how they look in real life.

Posters are one thing, but I noticed it more during concerts / while watching concert recordings. Of course it might be the cameraman or the editor who is skewed ;), but I can actually grasp the numbers of the orchestra anyway and I guess estimate fairly on my own.

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1 minute ago, Fabulin said:

Does sexism occurs in childhood, determining that the "beautiful girls" will be pushed towards musical training and encouraged more to go professional more frequently by teachers and parents? Are the correlations of good genes with music supposed to be that high? Most of the brilliant composers have been plain, or even ugly, save for a lucky few.

 

Not necessarily training, but perhaps recording contracts? After all, album covers and posters are the most noticeable forms of marketing for music. I'd wager you get a significantly higher amount of "plain looking" artists in concert halls than on CD.

 

Doesn't mean that you don't in fact sometimes get those who are both absolutely first class musicians and great looking - and first rate actresses, too:

 

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4 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

It has a lot to do with how the promo pictures are taken. Often, what you see on the album covers doesn't really show how they look in real life.

 

True, she has bigger hooters in real life.

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