Philips Favourites Series by Paul Huf

When Margreet Korsman, art director of Philips Records in the 1950’s and the 1960’s, got the assignment to bring a new series of classical music albums to a wider audience in 1954, she had quit a revolutionary idea to use one specific model for all upcoming new albums for the Philips Favorites Series, which had a good reputation in the music world, but serious album sleeve design had not already landed in Holland in those days. Korsman knew Dutch photographer Paul Huf, who already had a big status in the Netherlands, and went to his home / studio in Amsterdam to talk about her ideas. Huf immediately was very enthusiastic. He recently went to the US and saw many great photographic ‘cheesecake’ album sleeves in the New York City shops. He knew a fine British model who fitted perfect for the project. Ann Pickford was young, handsome and had a graceful look and a disarming smile. She was just perfect! In 1956 the first twelve volumes were presented on the autumn dealers fair. Many retailers ordered them very steadily, but not everyone was happy with the girl on the classical sleeve. More serious musiclovers, not to say religious people, spoke about shame and scandal and saw it as a cheap promotional issue. But Philips went on with it and promoted the series all over Western Europe and some of the records became very popular. Collectors were also keen to pick up the new volumes. 54 volumes have been released, all with different and highly artistic photographs. Ann Pickford ‘photoshopped’ fifties-style in a violin, Ann between beautiful flowers, in one of the most famous images behind a fishbowl, in ballet clothes and some great ones where she’s sitting between assorted attributes. The sleeves are glamorous and sophisticated, perfectly clear printed with only a simple small sans serif corpse, pressed upon the picture with a white ink on the glossy photo-sleeve. Dutch writer Annie M.G. Scmidt wrote some nice lyrics for a song by Harry Bannink called ‘De Hoezenpoes’, the cover girl.

My picture is on every sleeve that leaves the factory, I hardly know anything (about music), not a single note, but on Brahms i’m partly nude and on every quartet in C-minor, you see my bossom in major… I’m the lady of the record sleeve, the cover girl..the cover girl…

In 1957 Sandy Warner became the cover girl for Liberty Records, almost parallel to the Philips series overseas, but Ann Pickford was the very first!

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S 04000-L Herman Krebbers & The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven Violinconcerto

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S 04001-L Cor De Groot – Liszt Piano Concertos 1 And 2

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S 04003-L Wiener Symphoniker – Johann Christian Bach Four Masterworks (Philips S 04003 L)

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S 04004-L Orchestra Arrigo Guarnieri – Tosca Highlights

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S 04005-L Cor De Groot – Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor

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S 04006-L The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms Symphony No.1

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S 04007-L Hans Henkemans – Debussy Piano Recital (Philips S 04007 L)

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S 04008-L Various – Mozart Haffner Symphony / Haydn Oxford Symphony

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S 04009-L Feike Asma – Organ Recital

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S 04010-L Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux – Massenet Scenes Pittoresques / Scenes Alsaciennes

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S 04011-L The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Franck Symphony In D Minor

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S 04012-L The Amsterdam Duo – Mozart Violin Sonatas

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S 04013-L Jean Fournet – Ballet Sylvia Coppelia / Faust

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S 04014-L Orchestra Ennio Gerelli – Pergolesi Lo Frate ‘Nnamorato

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S 04020-L Tibor De Machula & Wiener Symphoniker – Boccherini Cello Concerto In B Flat Major / Haydn Cello Concerto In D Major

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S 04021-L Berl Senofsky & Wiener Symphoniker – Brahms Violinconcerto

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S 04022-L Abbey Simon & The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Dohnanyi Variations On A Nursery Song / Rachmaninoff Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini

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S 04024-L Alexander Uninsky The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms Piano Concerto No.2

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S 04028-L Eduardo Del Pueyo & L’Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux – De Falla Noches En Los Jardines De Espana / El Amor Brujo

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S 04031-L Wiener Symphoniker & Wiener Staatsopernchor – Selections From Zeller’s Vogelhandler

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S 04033-L Various – Schumann Piano Concerto In A Minor / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto In E Minor

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S 04034-L Alexander Uninsky – Liszt Sonata In B Minor / Rhapsodie Espagnole / Sonetto 104 Del Petrarca / Three Paganini Studies

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S 04041-L Alexander Uninsky – A Chopin Bouquet

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S 04042-L The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Twilight Concerto No.3

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S 04600-L Eleanor Steber & Others – Great Scenes From Verdi’s Otello The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra

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S 04601-L The Symphony Orchestra – Twilight Concert

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S 04602-L The Cleveland Orchestra – Schumann Symphony No.1 Spring / Symphony No.4

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S 04603-L Sari Barabas & Kalman Lendvay’s Gipsy Orchestra – Sing Gipsies!

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S 04605-L The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York – Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

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S 04607-L Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – Haydn Symphony No.101 The Clock / Mozart Symphony No.40

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S 04611-L The Cleveland Orchestra – Beethoven Symphony No.5 / Schubert Symphony No.8 The Unfinished

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S 04614-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Bach Orchestral Works

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S 04612-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Ballet

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S 04616-L E. Power Biggs – Johann Sebastian Bach 17 Chorale Preludes From The Orgelbuchlein

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S 04617-L Glenn Gould – Bach Goldberg Variations

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S 04620-L Zino Francescatti & The Philadelphia Orchestra – Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 / Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3

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S 04621-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – Music Of Chopin

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S 04622-L The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York – Beethoven Symphony No.6 Pastorale

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S 04623-L The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Haydn Symphony No.94 Surprise / Symphony No.103 Drum Roll

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S 04624-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Vienna Vivacious

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S 04625-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Dvorak Symphony From The New World

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S 04627-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – Madame Butterfly

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S 04628-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade / Capriccio Espagnol

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S 04630-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – Virtuoso!

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S 04631-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – Bolero!

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S 04632-L Andre Kostelanetz & The Philmarmonic Orchestra Of New York – Bravo! Bravo!

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S 04633-L Oscar Levant – Plays Gershwin

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S 04634-L Isaac Stern – Tchaikovsky Violinconcerto / Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2

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S 04637-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 Pathetique

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S 04642-L The Philadelphia Orchestra – Tchaikovsky

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S 04643-L The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra – Twilight Concerto No.2

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S 04650-L Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra – The Romantic Music Of Rachmaninoff

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SBL 5226 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Mozart Paris & Prague Symphonies (Philips UK only)

Also with Ann Pickford:

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B 07255 Various – Christmas At Home

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DL 99800 Various – Uw Gids In Muziekland

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DL 99713 Various – Uw Toekomstmuziek (Belgium)

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DL 99713 Various – Votre Musique D’Avenir (France)

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Favourites Series without Ann Pickford:

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Other Ann Pickford photographs:

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Various Artists – Music Is The Moonlight (Philips B 07728 R)

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Percy Faith – Malaguena; Music Of Cuba (Philips 840 020 BY)

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