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In Reply to: RE: I can't get enough of Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4 posted by Jay Buridan on July 06, 2017 at 07:18:46
Chris answered with LP covers, am wondering if he ever plays LP's.
The Cliburn/Reiner I have on CD, from Cliburn box.
I own many Beethoven pc 4's, but my classics are Fleisher/Szell, not the Gilels/Szell set (which was also recorded near Szell's death), the great Arrau with Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw on mint vinyl box.
We also have a great Vladimir Ashkenazy performance with Cleveland, Backhaus with VPO, Kempff with BPO (stereo), and others.
Not anymore of course. ;-)
Nevertheless, when I'm getting the meta info to go with my digital files, I often prefer to include the LP cover art, rather than the CD cover art. I generally find the LP covers more aesthetically pleasing, and they often seem to have been produced with more artistry and craftsmanship (although occasionally the opposite is true). Of course, a lot depends on whether I can find a high-enough quality digital reproduction of a particular cover on the internet. Examples below (directly off other sites):
This one came out a little dark in the scan (I think it was on eBay) - I'd have to brighten it up with a photo editor. In fact, here it is, brightened up:
You can see on both the following cover and the one above that there's some artistry and aesthetic taste present (even in the choice of fonts) - at least IMHO! ;-)
Nice covers, amazing photo editing and good records. Capitol and Command.
Recently, wife bought me some LP wall mountings. Her idea, show the cover, stash the record. When folks come over, play the record. The ones displayed are all great recordings or compilations (Walter), purchased for a $1 and cleaned, good to better condition. We listened to 1812, Capriccio I, a couple of beautiful Rossini overtures. Sound on shaded dog is much nicer than the Merc. On to Mozart and Walter, but I have several copies of the Anda.
Can't seem to post the photos right, too tired.
Merc Living Stereo, 1812, Cap Italien, Dorati/Minn.
RCA shaded dog, Rossini Ov, Reiner/Chicago
DGG big tulips, revised cover Mozart PC 17/21, Elvira Madigan Anda/Salzburg
An Evening with Bruno Walter, mono NYPO etc.
I wanted to add too that I'm always on the look out for improved internet files of LP album covers of those pics I already have. For instance, just today, I found a better example of the Leinsdorf/LAPO Debussy/Ravel album cover, which I just downloaded and used to replace a previous incarnation of this file, which had some shrink-wrap reflections.
"New" replacement file - probably needs a bit of color correction
just experimenting, got some earthquake putty in back of the frames
rummaging around, only have 5 or 6 versions of Beethoven PC 4. I just always loved the old LP with Fleisher/Szell mated with the Mozart 25. A couple of good copies here. Both are gold label with strobe, one is quieter.
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