Recordings of classical music from the 78-rpm era (mostly)
Monday, March 7, 2011
A Gallery of Steinweiss Covers, Part 2
For my next installment of Columbia Masterworks album covers by Steinweiss, I present six covers from late 1945-early 1946. Here are the first two, MM-589 and MM-591:
This cover for the Ormandy Beethoven Ninth (MM-591) is one of two unique Steinweiss designs for the same set. The other, which I possessed many years ago but no longer do, showed four hands - one white, one black, one red and one yellow - coming from each side of the cover at right angles to touch a globe in the center, all on a light blue background. This graphic illustration of "alle Menschen werden Brüder" must have been controversial at the time, and may have been replaced by the above, more innocuous cover; however, I have no way of knowing which design actually came first. To continue with two more covers (MM-596 and MM-604):
MM-604, incidentally, was Issac Stern's debut recording. To continue, with MM-608 and MM-570:
Though the Ormandy "New World" with its album number of MM-570 would appear to be out of sequence here, it actually was issued after the Franck Symphony, whose individual record numbers are 12312-D through 12317-D, while the Dvorak's are 12328-D through 12332-D.