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:
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.