I admit that whenever I listen to Die schöne Müllerin, I have great trouble imagining what the green-loving lady looks like. Berlin Classics to the rescue!
Hyperion and Graham Johnson have done great services to lieder. This cover photo encapsulates the mini-drama of a good lied, with more people than usual:
Mark Padmore: I’m either running a deeply crazy campaign to represent the fine state of Kentucky in the United States Senate or am about to break into Schumann’s WoO 121, you decide.
Christopher Maltman: I might be in the back, but check these dramatic shadows, ladies.
Jonathan Lemalu: Who said the dress code was blue shirts?
Mark Padmore: Washington has no business deciding whether these songs should be known as WoO121 or Opus Posth. 121. Or whether wearing the wrong color shirt would result in you being left in a bluish shadow.
Christopher Maltman: No such questions about my Opus 24. Or my snazzy striped shirt.
Jonathan Lemalu: I don’t know what I’m supposed to be looking at over there anyways.
Elsewhere, Hyperion shows a charming literalism that demands their recordings be taken seriously:
I have uncovered evidence that the Met is doing looks-based casting:
when hiring for Wozzeck.
Many things can make one melancholy:
Oooo, look, a Szymanowski CD!
In the next installment we will consider the higher budgets and bigger egos of the aria CD.
Note: This has been done several times before, with some spectacularly tacky examples on Too Many Tristans and hilarious captions on Proper Discord. I’ve tried not to reproduce any of their finds.
Cover connoisseurs are advised to also check out The Book Cover Archive and Awful Library Books.