(Un) Cover of the Week

(Un) Cover of the Week


norman lebrecht

May 10, 2022

In the bottom righthand corner, is that the trout?


  • Gustavo says:

    No, the bottom righthand corner indicates “Poules et coqs”.

  • Murray Citron says:

    My Ansermet recording of Le Sacre (London LP CM 9207) features a topless woman being lifted by a bearded guy on the cover.

  • John Borstlap says:


    • Gustavo says:

      I would basically agree.

      But this CD was published in a series called “Queer Musik”.

      In today’s climate, disliking this cover could mean that you are an intolerant homophobe.

      • John Borstlap says:

        ‘Queer Musik’ does not exist. It is very difficult to be intolerant towards something that only exists in other people’s minds.

  • Music Fan says:

    No doubt Tchaikovsky would have appreciated this cover – and possibly Saint-Saëns and Schubert as well.

    • Working class peasant says:

      Best comment ever!

    • John Borstlap says:

      Impossible that Saint-Saëns, the picture of 19C respectability, who even slept in a 3-part suit and deerleather boots, would have appreciated such reckless sun bathing on a public rendering of his Animal Carnival. Even on the occasion that he performed some pliés on top of a coffee table during a musician’s party, his tutu was decently and firmly closed to the chin.

  • Ed says:

    I don´t see Dalila…

  • Ya what says:

    If it is a trout, then it’s a very small one.

  • IP says:

    I can’t think of what else it could be.

  • Akutagawa says:

    Don’t go giving Currentzis ideas…

  • chet says:

    I remember this CD from the 1990s, and believe it or not, back in the late 20th century, whether Schubert, and his music, were gay, was a serious academic subject and cultural debate.

    From the very serious NYT

    “the “Unfinished” Symphony had been analyzed to show its possible homosexual character by the feminist musicologist Susan McClary… in attempting to interpret the “Unfinished” Symphony as homosexual program music … she spoke of “casual pleasures and encounters” in the music, “beautifully wrought cadential unions” and passages in which the theme “yields up its rigid sense of identity.” She found the music “purposeful, ingenious and liberatory” and compared its style to contemporary gay literature.”

    Betcha didn’t know that’s why you subconsciously so enjoyed Schubert’s 8th symphony, huh? ; )

    • John Borstlap says:

      Mrs McClary has created for herself a ridiculous name with her suggestive quasi-research.

  • Gustavo says:

    For those interested, the CD was published by a German company in 1997.

    Quick, rush!


    I could accept this cover for:

    Strauss “Heldenleben”,

    Tchaikovsky “Nutcracker”,

    Bliss “A Colour Symphony”,

    Mahler “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    It was the days befor Napster Youtube and Spotify when you have to buy to hear. There was a market for this kind of record not very prestigious concerning the marketing and i suppose not very expensive. Artisticly I dont know. I’am not english and I have to say that i never heard or read about this orchestra.

  • zeno north says:

    A lot of people here don’t know “Die Forelle” very well. It’s not the trout. It’s “die Rute”.