Silliest album shot of the century

Silliest album shot of the century


norman lebrecht

April 17, 2018

Does anyone still read CD booklets?

I made the mistake of opening the small print that comes with Andris Nelsons’s DG Bruckner 7th from Leipzig and found this:

OK, so the conductor’s having a cuddle with the composer in the mortuary.

The picture is from a photoshoot by Marco Borggreve, not a passing paparazzo.

Whose idea was it?

And can anyone supply a printable caption?


  • Scott MacClelland says:

    How about, “I dream of Tony.”

  • Jim says:

    Anton is not amused

  • Anon says:

    You are writing about it, so it worked.

  • Brucknerliebhaber says:

    Poor Anton……..He might indeed have dreamed of the opening theme of the Seventh Symphony but not this!

  • Herr Doktor says:

    They don’t make an attractive couple, I’m afraid.

  • Caravaggio says:

    In poor taste alright

  • Anon says:

    “Sleeping with Anton Bruckner”. Are Nelson’s tempi THAT slow?

  • Wally Francis says:

    In answer to the original question, yes I do read and find the booklets supplied with
    CD’s very beneficial. Long may they continue to be provided.

    In the matter of one photograph, what is all the fuss about?

    Andris Nelsons is a fabulous Bruckner conductor and is currently providing us with a wonderful survey of his symphonies coupled with Wagner overtures and other excepts.

    He adores Bruckner so what is all the fuss about? Get out more and listen to music I say!

    • Brucknerliebhaber says:

      I’ll say this much: if he’s willing to pose for this lullaby of a photograph with Anton’s bust , his love for and affinity with Bruckner’s music is entirely non-egotistical and sincere. Bruckner is a Dream….and I agree wholeheartedly!:)

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    • Tommy says:

      +1 – I’m with you on every note. Sorry NL – but this is a silly original posting.

      Really strong Bruckner performances by the LGO and Nelsons so far. I also like the sound quality DG provides with the high-res download formats.

      I really hope Nelsons avoids the 4th movement addition(s) to the 9th, whenever that one will occur.

  • Simon Scott says:

    Bloody silly

  • The View from America says:

    How about this caption: “He saw … he came … that’s it.”

  • psq says:

    Don’t touch me, you pervert! I am a Catholic.

  • Steve says:

    Just an honest depiction of what most people feel about Bruckner, or classical music in general, anyway…