Have you ever bought a CD or record entirely because of the cool cover art?
I did it just the other day when I found a painting I had to know more about and
the only way to discover its identity was to buy the CD.
The art in question turned out to be Garden of Death ("Place for the souls before they come to heaven") by Hugo Simberg
It’s a fresco he painted in the Tampere Cathedral in Finland in 1906.
The recording was of Max Reger’s three great chorale fantasies from op. 52 (Alle menschen mussen sterben, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, and Hallelujah! Gott
zu loben, bleibe meine Seelenfreud!) The hymn poems of the text trilogy can be said to descibe Christians in death and after death.
The recording was made in Tampere Cathedral.
Finally, here’s the painting, which is temporarily serving as my computer desktop.