Space Oddity

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One of the more unsettling sleeves I’ve seen in a while, taken from the Mercury label. This premier recording of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by John Corigliano (famous for his score for The Red Violin, which must have one of the most awkward sex scenes in cinema history), is paired with Richard Strauss’s Sinfonia Domestica. The disturbing art by Ernst Fuchs shows a half reptile, half intergalactic space woman as noticed in a funhouse mirror, with a touch of David Lynch and Edvard Munch thrown in. Somehow melancholic and scary at once, it’s a bizarrely apt depiction of Corigliano’s flustered atonal romanticism.

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