If music won’t sell records, let’s try animals

Three of the year’s weirder classical album covers. Feel free to add your own.

1 I am a zebra. I like Handel.


2 Not sure what bird I am, but I’m French and I don’t sing Messiaen


3 I am a sheep. A dead sheep. Just like you lot.


bach dead sheep

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  • Nothing strange about the Harnoncourt cover if you know what the St. Matthew Passion is about.

    The painting is by Francisco de Zurbarán and is called Agnus Dei. It hangs in the Prado.

    Isaiah 53:7 : “He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth.”

    • The Harnoncourt picture would have been far more appropriate for a performance if the St John Passion. Of the four gospels, only John refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God (1:29, 1:36). John also changes the day of the crucifixion to the day before Passover to drive home the theological point that Jesus was killed on the same day as the Passover animal sacrifices.

  • And the cover in Harnoncourt’s Bach, is perfectly appropriate, as it represents the Lamb of God and its sacrifice……… the interpretation of the music is another topic.

  • And the sheep or rather lamb is not dead. Just extremely exhausted after being anxious and desperate.

    Wish there had been a Carnival des Animaux album coming out this year meanwhile.

    • Oops; sorry, apparently the album is from 2012. Still, it would be hard to surpass that cover in hideousness in this, or perhaps in any other year!

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