Friday, October 05, 2007


Sometimes I don't know why a record jacket sticks in my head. I've looked at this cover for weeks, but didn't buy it. I suppose my initial prejudice was because it was a classical recording. But I eventually broke down and bought it just for that cover. The record is The National Symphony Orchestra-Howard Mitchell, Conductor-Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 (RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2261, 1959). I believe that's supposed to be Dmitri Shostakovich there, as he would appear in a bad dream or after a night of heavy drinking. The artist turns out to be someone fairly well-known, Joseph Hirsch. I don't know him myself, but the things I don't know about art are many.


mel said...

Great pic of Shosty.

Wouldn't mind having the symphony also.

Mick Flaire said...

Hey there Ernie,

My girlfriend Jamie gave me this album last night, that she bought at a thrift store, not so much because of the cover but because she know I'm a big Shostakovich fan.

We talked about the album cover this morning as I was about to leave for work, noting that it reminded us of the bebop art of the late fifties.