Friday, September 26, 2008

The art of typography


1981 LP sleeve of Brahms Double Concerto with Zino Francescatti and Pierre Fournier accompanied by Bruno Walter and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. The striking cover is by Henrietta Condak who is listed as one of the notable women working in design 1900-1980. I don't believe the graphics ever transferred to the CD jewel box, and strangely the recording itself, which was made in 1960, doesn't seem to have fared too well in the CD catalogue. My copy of the CBS LP has beautifully silent Dutch pressings as opposed to the gritty surfaces of American CBS records of the period. More vinyl heaven here and more art of typography here.

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3 comments:

Kyle said...

I have that recording of the Double Concerto, but with a different coupling. Instead of the Tragic Overture there's Schumann's Piano Concerto with Eugene Istomin at the bench. Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Brahms-Double-Concerto-Violin-Schumann/dp/B00000DS6F/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1222460416&sr=8-4

I have it on cd and it sounds great. I don't listen to the piece often, probably because the melodies are infectious and then I'm humming it for many days. But that's not such a bad problem to have.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I have a Leon Fleischer/George Szell CD of one of the Beethoven piano concertos, and it uses that typographic design and layout.

Tari N-Z said...

I was in high school when my folks bought this for me at Christmas. Growing up in Montana (Western U.S.), home of cowboy culture and all things "frontier" kitsch, I was appalled at the typography.

All the tourist junk, posters, etc. from the cowboy culture I was hating at the time looked just like this!

"Desperadoes hanged at Noon", and all.

HOWEVER, Zino was a favorite, and despite my internal typography references and the gritty American pressing (yes, it's true!) I managed to enjoy the thing.

So interesting to "read" this cover again from another perspective - thanks!