Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Re-covering cover discs

Having bitched about Gramophone cover discs not so long ago, I suppose it's only fair that I should commend the magazine for its latest effort. No track under 2 minutes (for the first time since August 2008 - I checked!), and 4 of the Editor's Choice selections even make it past 4 minutes. Granted, 3 minutes of Mahler's 9th isn't much, but it was the ending, and it segues well into "Der Leiermann" from Schubert's Winterreise. (Wait a second, weren't we just talking about that song?). Certainly things were helped by not cluttering the disc with extraneous material. They're edging a bit closer to the idea of the cover disc being impressive in its own right, and not just as a collection of samples.

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