Mutter as mermaid? DG covers just got weirder

She’s certainly no trout…. so they made her a mermaid for Schubert’s quintet?

No wonder the guys look uncomfortable.


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    • Indeed. They make look like a piano duo. They take an old problem to the next level. That bothers me far more than the mermaid pose.

    • What bothers me is, that they do it on both elements, text and picture.
      It would have been better style to emphasize the stars only in one of the two elements, if the sales department says it has to be. But both ways, visual and text, hammering out who is the star here, that’s just too much of bad taste and ‘used car salesman’ attitude.

  • Dreadful cover art. I will skip this release despite the participation of Trifonov. If the artists involved demand a cover redesign I will surely reconsider. FWIW.

    • I wonder if anyone would feel the need to comment on an artist’s age, if he – a man – was 54. Still a long way to go I guess…

        • Seriously, because the shoulders are not covered, you find it too much skin and it calls for comments?
          What year are we living in? Is it 1817?
          Dresses like this are in fashion for over 100 years for elegant evening attire, according to my style compass. At least in the western world.
          But agreed, if DG is targeting Saudi Arabia as a market, they should make her cover her shoulders. I have to admit that.

          • The arguments you wrote have nothing to do with mine.

            Personally I think that strapless dresses are by no means inappropriate. But they aren’t necessarily a smart choice for people who want to look their best in their 50s and beyond.

            Men usually dress more or less the same way, regardless of age. On the other hand, Nigel Kennedy’s sometimes unusual dressing choices have repeatedly provoked criticism.

          • Not necessarily, but in her case they are perfectly fine, she looks great in them, in my humble opinion.
            Still, I smell sexism and agism. Even if a mid-50 woman showed some cellulites (oh my God, the end is nigh), why should she not still wear what she likes and looks actually good in?
            Is our instinctive search for eternal youth so deeply ingrained in us, that we have to put even beautifully aging women behind curtains?

          • If a lawyer of any age wore a very colorful tie in court, it would attract attention.

            Maybe I don’t express myself clearly. What you are reading between my lines is not what I have in mind. My main point: onstage dressing choices don’t have to be distracting.

            ASM dresses appropriately and looks good and classy, OK? But, like it or not, her onstage dressing choices attract attention and invite commentary, just as Nigel Kennedy’s do, for different reasons, and they did when he was much younger. And let’s not get started about Yuja Wang, who is young but sometimes dresses like a slut.

      • “I wonder if anyone would feel the need to comment on an artist’s age, if he – a man – was 54.”

        When people mention Mutter’s age in the context of DG’s marketing, they may well be drawing attention to DG’s insistence on continuing to pitch Mutter as a sex symbol even though she is well past the age that kind of marketing would make any sense sense. Mutter is an artist, not just looks, and DG has treated her badly for basically her whole career; now that she is in her 50s, can she finally get the respect she deserves? And yes, people do make the same observations about men who are handled the same way by record labels (Bryn Terfel, for instance).

    • So at what age should women cover themselves from chin to ankle? Just wanting to know when my expiration date is, thanks.

  • This is perfect for all the armchair experts.
    Shouldn’t we wait and hear the music first?
    I mean, “a cover is just a cover.” Just saying…

  • This is not the cover, but a promotional announcement as stated by DG Facebook moderators.

    That said, the photo is GOD AWFUL!

  • It’s an outrage. I cannot believe ASM and DT actually agreed to this. I hope understand their celebrity, but isn’t the music most important? Chamber music is about equality,

  • “Famous people in the front, please. Feel free to strike a pose. Non-famous people please form a line across the back. Thank you.”

    It would have been nice IMHO to have everybody dressed more or less the same, positioned more or less as equals. Of course nobody would have been deceived about who’s a big star and who’s not, but it wouldn’t look quite so much like “we hired these 3 people to accompany us on our Trout Quintet.”

  • DG is turning into EMI–Every Mistake Imaginable.

    And neither Mutter nor Trifonov is a particularly intimate and sensitive player, so I can’t imagine the point of this release was anything other than star power.

  • She is a Queen!
    She can be highlight with a dress, with what ever she wants.
    Plus she is an adult and AAll the rest in the picture is.
    So… a gossip for a dress?
    It is because she is a women?

  • DG continues its demise. They are lost! They want to be something for everyone and in the end, they are completely irrelevant. This cover is just poor design, bad taste and an indicator of what the label has become. Sad, but not surprising. I stopped even noticing or caring what they release long ago. As I said earlier, they are irrelevant!

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter is the only one who is decently dressed in that photo, but she is awfully placed in the group. And Mr Trifonov needs a shave.

    • Totally agree; that cover is appalling!! But is art music going to be exempt from a general debasing of society right across the board? We are living in times of dumbed down outcomes and expectations to an industrial-strength degree.

  • Maybe somebody ought to actually LISTEN to the album instead of bickering about it?

    Or does this crowd buy albums for their covers and throw away the CDs?

    Real deep discussion here,

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