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Classical Notes: July 20, 2011 Archive

Alex Steinweiss covers Minneapolis

Posted at 8:28 AM on July 20, 2011 by John Birge

Alex Steinweiss died Sunday, age 94.
You many not know his name, but you've probably seen his work.
He was a graphic designer, and he invented the album cover, first for 78-rpm records in 1939. In the 1950s he invented the first packaging for LP records.
Click here for a gallery of his stunning imagery, most from his classical music album covers of the 1940's. Among those are thes designs for the Minneapolis Symphony:

steinweiss dukas.jpg

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Strauss Four Last Songs at 10:00

Posted at 9:18 AM on July 20, 2011 by Alison Young


If you listen to only one thing today, listen at 10:00. It's some of the most sublime music ever written. Four songs for soprano and orchestra. Lush, tender, soaring and I guarantee you'll have constant goosebumps.

Strauss "Four Last Songs" in probably the greatest recording ever made with Elisabeth Scwarzkopf.