Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Greatest Classical CD Covers EVER, Part 12

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PROKOFIEV - PETER AND THE WOLF
Lenny Henry?! Was Mrs. Slocombe busy? Not everyone who's famous in a country somewhere needs to have their own Peter And The Wolf. I eagerly await the new version in Klingon narrated by Brent Spiner.


MATT HAIMOVITZ - BACH CELLO SUITES
Okay, bringing the cello to the bush party sounded like a good idea. But man, if you're gonna wade through waist-deep winter run-off, man, BRING A CASE. Besides, once the goons start chugging beers, the girls aren't gonna care about your overgrown fiddle.


BRYN TERFEL - BAD BOYS
Looks like Bryn spent a little too long with the cheese platter and is suffering the consequences. The follow up album will feature him holding up a glass of prune juice with a profoundly relieved look on his face.


VOICES FROM HEAVEN
Apparently Deutsche Grammophon's definition of paradise is a little different than mine.


THE ELGAR EXPERIENCE
What nationality was Elgar again? I forget.

England's greatest composer? A dubious claim, but I'm not gonna argue with the giant woman about to smash that village to rubble. Between Elgar's ghost featured on previous covers and this giant madwoman, England has become a paranormal warzone.


STRAUSS - DER ROSENKAVALIER (KLEIBER)
If someone showed me this as a kind of Rorschach test I'd blurt out "My grade one teacher holding a Mini-Me version of Leopold Mozart! Naked! Naked nude! Peacock feathers! Bad boy! Nude naked!" Then I'd have to be sedated.


LETTER TO THE LATE SERGEI (SAKIMOTO/MINO)
When I feel the need to express bittersweet remembrances of someone who's passed, the first thing I reach for is my harmonica. The harmonica works if Roy Rogers needs to express worry that he may not get the cattle back from those pesky rustlers or if Gabby Hayes fell in the outhouse again. Anything more than that and you need to break out the serious weapons in the mourning arsenal: a banjo or a slide whistle.

Thanks to Doug Halfen for the cover suggestion.

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