Now for something a little more contrived

'There seems no denying the widespread opinion that photos of an orchestra performing are visually very dull. In the days when LPs were a wonderful canvas for art directors, except for putting the conductor on the cover, a classical music album with an image of orchestra on the cover was much rarer than one with something else more contrived'
- is the opening of a well-researched piece on the use of photos of orchestras by newspapers.

The article appears on the personal blog of Nat Bocking whose day job is with the estimable Aldeburgh Music. Nat's well-researched piece agrees with Julian Bream that novelty and transient fashion are the preferred currency of today's media and he concludes that if you want the newspapers to cover your music story with a picture you need a visual stunt as bait, like the one above which is linked from his article.

Now take this path to another classic misunderstanding from the conductor of those visually contrived Planets.
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Pliable said…
Sir Adrian Boult's producer at EMI, Christopher Bishop, has just emailed me with this:

Another related Boult story, I once found a record of Mozart 40th and Eine Kleine, conducted by Boult, with a black lace bra on the cover. I showed it to him, and he said (delightfully missing the point) "Good heavens! What's that got to do with the 40th?"

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