Cover versions of The Juliet Letters

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Re: Art of Élan do The Juliet Letters, San Diego Oct '13

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Spectrum Ensemble - The Birds Will Still Be Singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhOWvmqMgB4
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Re: Jon Boden & Sacconi Quartet do The Juliet Letters, July

Postby Man out of Time » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:17 am

Some footage of Jon Boden and the Sacconi Quartet playing The Juliet Letters and .. er a singalong version of The Scarlet Tide

- The Birds will Still be Singing (4:57)
- The Scarlet Time (3:53)

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Boston Brass & Enso String Quartet - Notes from the Balcony

Postby Man out of Time » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:34 pm

http://www.gbpac.com/upcoming-events/e-332/notes-from-the-balcony.aspx

Notes from the Balcony: Boston Brass and Enso String Quartet
Friday, March 7, 2014
University of Northern Iowa

https://tickets.luther.edu/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=D88D4EF9-E969-47C6-870D-6A0B5846C767

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Two acclaimed ensembles join forces for this special project, allowing each to shrine even brighter. Performing inspired by Romeo and Juliet, including selections from the Nino Rota score, as well as pieces by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Elvis Costello, and Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Brass Quintet and Enso String Quartet make an unusual nine-piece ensemble that creates stirring, powerful music paying homage to Shakespeare's star-cross lovers.

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Re:Cuarteto Granada & Luis Regidor, November 2013

Postby Man out of Time » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:57 pm

Cuarteto Granada & Luis Regidor perform The Juliet Letters at Sala María Cristina in Málaga on 16 November 2013:


Running time 1 hour 24 minutes



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Re: Boston Brass + do The Juliet Letters, Iowa , March 2014

Postby SoulForHire » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:17 am

I was not sure where to post these. Not sure if there is a thread on this already or if they were posted already but there are some good videos from Fin de Gira 2014, whatever that is:

I Almost had a Weakness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNfiDUahRlk

Jackson Monk and Rowe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBMlxoW1 ... kU-XhHMrlA

For Other Eyes
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Re:Geir Anfinsen & Stockholm Phil - The Juliet Letters 2008

Postby Man out of Time » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:39 pm

One that we all missed at the time, on October 19th, 2008, Geir Anfinsen and a quartet from the Stockholm Philarmonic played The Juliet Letters in a concert in the Grünewaldsalen, at the Kungliga Filharmonikerna in Stockholm.
This was advertised here:

Konserthuset.se

The quartet comprised: Patrik Swedrup and Ulf Andrén, violin, Mikael Sjögren, viola and Gudmund Ingwall, cello.

The show was recorded for radio broadcast by Swedish radio, and seems to have been rebroadcast as recently as June 2010:

The Sverigesradio website describes it thus:

" Elvis Costello:The Juliet Letters

För 15 år sedan ledde ett samarbete mellan Elvis Costello och Brodskykvartetten till cd:n The Juliet Letters: en sorts sångcykel. Det kretsar kring brev till Shakespeares rollfigur Julia ur Romeo och Julia, inspirerat av en tidningsartikel om en person som faktiskt skrev svar på brev adresserade till Julia.

Kungliga Filharmonikernas trombonist Geir Anfinsen sjunger The Juliet Letters i Filharmoniker i närbild-konserten, tillsammans med en stråkkvartett ur orkestern.

Geir Anfinsen, sång, Patrik Swedrup och Ulf Andrén, violin, Mikael Sjögren, viola och Gudmund Ingwall, cello. Konsert 2008, Grünewaldsalen i Stockholms konserthus."

Or in "English" via Google Translate

"15 years ago, led a collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet to The Juliet Letters CD: a kind of song cycle. It revolves around the letter to Shakespeare's character Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, inspired by a newspaper article about a person who actually wrote the answers to letters addressed to Juliet.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic trombonist Geir Anfinsen sings The Juliet Letters in the Philharmonic in close concert, accompanied by a string quartet from the orchestra.

Geir Anfinsen, vocals, Patrik Swedrup and Ulf Andrén, violin, Michael Sjogren, viola and Gudmund Ingwall, cello. Concert 2008 Grünewaldsalen in the Stockholm Concert Hall."

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Re: Boston Brass + do The Juliet Letters, Iowa , March 2014

Postby sweetest punch » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:48 am

Jacksons, Monk and Rowe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2JI8FO0Zs0

Tema de la obra The Juliet Letters. Música original de Elvis Costello y Brodsky Quartet. Intérpretes: voz: Ángel Ruiz. Violín 1º: Inma Almendros. Violín 2º: Verónica Jorge. Viola: Alicia Calabuig. Cello: Ainhoa Uribelarrea.
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Re: Sioen & Matangi Quartet play The Juliet Letters, Sep 2015

Postby Man out of Time » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:01 am

Belgian singer/songwriter Sioen & Matangi Quartet brought 'The Juliet Letters' to the Gent Festival of Flanders in September 2015:

Read more (in Dutch) here: Focus.knack.be

According to the article in "English" via Google Translate:

Sioen & Matangi Quartet bring 'The Juliet Letters' Costello at Ghent Festival of Flanders


Sioen Ghent and the Dutch Matangi Quartet of strings put on the Ghent Festival of Flanders The Juliet Letters, the fourteenth album of Elvis Costello. It reports the organization. The festival takes place from 12 to September 26


"For his album "The Juliet Letters" Costello wrote in the nineties, together with the Brodsky String Quartet, a number of letters to Juliet Capulet, Shakespeare's greatest love heroine. "It was a cycle of songs about love, life and death and their inclusion has become a cult album," says artistic coordinator Veerle Simoens (Ghent Festival of Flanders). "It's hard to be on a label sticking, because work is no rock, no opera, no rock opera. It embodies one of the many styles of Costello."

Eye for classic

The Ghent Festival of Flanders gave Sioen and the Dutch Matangi Quartet commissioned to carry out the single sheet. "The score is in their hands, they got artistic freedom and going to surprise us," says Simoens. "Matangi Quartet has a very specific profile, for example, they were the first who released a single in classical music. Sioen could be the Flemish Costello, he's Ghent and it's nice to put that link. With his project 1-2 -3-piano he had last year also focuses on classical music. "

The concert will take place on September 19 in the NT Gent, tickets are available from mid-May through http://www.gentfestival.be.

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Lyric Opera play The Juliet Letters, Kansas City , January 2017

Postby Man out of Time » Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:33 pm

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will perform " Elvis Costello’s “The Juliet Letters”" at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2017. The venue will be the Lyric Opera’s Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building. Tickets cost $30-$35. According to Kansas City.com:

"In January, it’s “The Juliet Letters” by the very eclectic rock musician Elvis Costello, known as a “pop encyclopedia” for his wide-ranging stylistic influences. Costello’s “The Juliet Letters” for voice and string quartet shows the composer embracing classical art song.

“The combination of voice and string quartet is somewhat unexpected,” Deborah Sandler, general director and CEO of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City said. “We’re not just going to do a concert, but we’re going to create an environment, so there will some scenery and there will be some movement. It will be semi-staged. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to do neat things.”"

Read more here:http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article91105622.html#storylink=cpy

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Re: The Duke's Delight and Mark Weigel perform “The Juliet Letters”, March 2012

Postby Man out of Time » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:33 am

On 20 March 2012 "The Duke's delight" a German String Quartet joined singer Mark Weigel to perform "The Juliet Letters" in Essen in Germany.

This was reported in Der Westen.

"Das Quartett „The duke’s delight“ und Sänger Mark Weigel bringen das legendäre Costello-Programm „Juliet Letters“ am Dienstag in Essen auf die Bühne.

Wer schreibt heutzutage schon an Julia Capulet? Ja, die aus Shakespeares wohl bekanntester Tragödie. Doch, in den späten 80er Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts gab es dieses Phänomen. Und die Briefe wurden sogar beantwortet. Der mitleidige Mensch verhielt sich so ähnlich, wie Beantworter der Post ans Christkind in Engelskirchen im Bergischen. Irgendwann flog die Sache auf - schuld war natürlich ein Journalist - und der Brief-Kontakt nach Verona, wo bis heute jener berühmte Balkon existiert, brach ab.

Diese „Juliet Letters“ an Romeos Julia nahmen dann Elvis Costello und das „Brodsky-Quartet“ (ein bis dahin rein klassisch tätiges Streicherensemble) zum Anlass für das gleichnamige Programm: eher eine Wanderung zwischen den Musikwelten, Klassik, Jazz, Rock oder Pop.

Der Mann für die Stimme.

Und hier setzt die Essener Geschichte der „Juliet Letters“ der „Briefe an Julia“ mit Angelo Bard und Mark Weigel ein, die am Dienstag im Café Central im Grillo-Theater zum zweiten Mal zu hören sind. „Die ,echte’ Premiere war eigentlich eher ein Testlauf, im Rüttenscheider Kultlokal Chat noir“, sagt Bard.

Mit zwei Kollegen an Geige und Bratsche und der Cellistin Miriam Klaeger studierten die Philharmoniker nun als Combo „The duke’s delight“ dieses beinahe schon legendäre Costello-Programm ein. Der Mann für die Stimme war mit Mark Weigel ebenfalls schnell gefunden. Der Schauspieler (und Folkwang-Absolvent) war damals im ebenfalls fast legendären Renner „Comedian Harmonists“ im Grillo zu hören. Da sahen ihn auch die Philharmoniker, die sich später zu „The duke’s delight“ formierten.

„Eigentlich war das so etwas wie der Beginn meiner Karriere als Sänger“, sagt Weigel, der zurzeit in Gelsenkirchen in der für ihn dritten „Comedian Harmonists“-Produktion auf der Bühne steht. Für die vokale Seite dieses Crossover-Programms (Costello verabscheute diesen Begriff) war Mark Weigel offensichtlich die erste und beste Wahl.

„Wir suchten jemanden mit etwas ,Schmutz’ in der Stimme, mit Substanz, aber kein Opernorgan mit Vibrato und so weiter“, sagt Angelo Bard. Dass beide dann auch ihre gemeinsamen Pfälzer Wurzeln entdeckten („Angelos Vater leitete in Ludwigshafen den Chor, in dem mein Vater sang“), hat beinahe schon etwas Anekdotisches.

Fast auf dem Schoß der Zuschauer

Die Demo-Aufnahme, die vor genau einem Jahr im „Chat noir“ entstand, hat es offensichtlich in sich. „Jedenfalls fand Schauspiel-Dramaturgin Vera Ring die so gut, obwohl sie unter fast unmöglichen Bedingungen entstand, dass man uns jetzt ins Grillo einlud“, so Angelo Bard.

Ein größerer Raum, in dem man nicht fast auf dem Schoß der Zuschauer sitzt und in dem die Musik gleich anders klingt. „Aber nichts gegen das Chat noir“, wir sind Stammgäste, lacht der Geiger der Philharmoniker. Neben Miriam Klaeger ist auch Clemens Ratajczak mit von der Partie - und ein „Fremdgänger“: Sascha Senazhenski von den Bochumer Symphonikern an der Viola."

Or in "English" via Google Translate:

"The quartet "The duke's delight" and singer Mark Weigel will perform the legendary Costello program "Juliet Letters" on Tuesday in Essen.

Who is writing to Julia Capulet today? Yes, the Shakespeare's well-known tragedy. However, in the late 1980s, there was this phenomenon. And the letters were even answered. The compassionate person behaved in the same way, as the answer to the post of Christkind in Engelskirchen in Bergisch. Somehow the matter flew up - of course it was a journalist - and the letter contact to Verona, where the famous balcony still exists today, broke off.

These "Juliet Letters" to Romeos Julia then took Elvis Costello and the "Brodsky Quartet" (a strings ensemble which was purely classical in the meantime) as an occasion for the program of the same name: rather a hike between the worlds of music, classical, jazz, rock or pop.

The man for the voice

And here the Essen story of the "Juliet Letters" of the "Letters to Julia" begins with Angelo Bard and Mark Weigel, who will be heard for the second time on Tuesday in the Café Central in the Grillo-Theater. "The 'real' premiere was actually a test run, in the Rüttenscheider Kultlokal Chat noir", says Bard.

With two colleagues at violin and viola and the cellist Miriam Klaeger, the Philharmonic now studied this almost legendary Costello program as a combo "The duke's delight". The man for the voice was also found quickly with Mark Weigel. The actor (and Folkwang graduate) was then to be heard in the almost legendary "Comedian Harmonists" at the Grillo. The Philharmonic also saw him, who later formed "The duke's delight".

"Actually it was something like the beginning of my career as a singer," says Weigel, who is currently on stage at Gelsenkirchen in the third "Comedian Harmonists" production for him. For the vocal side of this crossover program (Costello loathed this term), Mark Weigel was obviously the first and best choice.

"We were looking for someone with something" dirt "in the voice, with substance, but not an operatic organ with vibrato and so on," says Angelo Bard. That both of them then discovered their common Palatinate roots ("Angelo's father conducted the choir in Ludwigshafen, in which my father sang") has almost anecdotal.

Almost on the lap of the spectators

The demo recording, which took place exactly one year ago in "Chat noir", obviously has it in itself. "In any case, acting dramaturge Vera Ring was so good, even though she was created under almost impossible circumstances that they were invited to Grillo," said Angelo Bard.

A larger room, where you do not sit almost on the lap of the audience and in which the music sounds the same way. "But nothing against the chat noir", we are regular guests, laughs the violinist of the Philharmoniker. Beside Miriam Klaeger, Clemens Ratajczak is also a part of the show - and a "foreigner": Sascha Senazhenski of the Bochum Symphonikern at the Viola.

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Re: The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will perform “The Juliet Letters”" , January 2017

Postby johnfoyle » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:25 am

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April Martin and Samantha Gossard were featured in the Lyric Opera’s presentation of “The Juliet Letters,” based on Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet’s 1992 song cycle of fictional letters sent to William Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Juliet. Courtesy of the Lyric Opera



http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment ... 42604.html



JANUARY 28, 2017


Lyric Opera’s ‘The Juliet Letters’ delivers creative and emotional intimacies


BY LIBBY HANSSEN


“The Juliet Letters,” the latest production in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s inaugural Explorations Series, was a fascinating, creative presentation examining the emotional release inspired by anonymous confidentiality, in a sold-out performance at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building.

The project was based on the 1992 album of the same name by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet, a song cycle of fictional letters sent to William Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Juliet.

The Lyric’s resident artists (April Martin, soprano, Samantha Gossard, mezzo-soprano, Casey Candebat, tenor, John Viscardi, baritone) and the Fry Street Quartet (Robert Waters and Rebecca McFaul, violins, Bradley Ottesen, viola, Anne Francis Bayless, cello) inhabited these epistolary mini-dramas for voice and string quartet, Costello and company creating a series of succinct, lyrically-driven works, the characters lovelorn and confused, lost, alone, angry and, often, bitingly funny.

This production expanded on the concept with smart, compact staging from director Fenlon Lamb, versatile set design from Jeff Ridenour, and intuitive lighting designed by Nate Wheatley with naked bulbs, effective spotlighting and silhouettes. In this hour-long through-composed work, the strings were centrally placed to serve as the primary voice and connecting feature.

In obvious and effective symbolism, letters were pinned to chords strung across and about the performance area, casting fluttery shadows on the three oversize paper panels that served as backdrop. All was shaded in solemn gray tones, props and costumes, lending anonymity and versatility to the stories and characters.

With each letter/song, there was a different story and a different way of telling it. Sometimes, the primary singer was the writer, sometimes the reader, sometimes narrator to action, sometimes all the action at once. The lyrics — witty, caustic, disenchanted, pensive — were a primary feature, the melodies derived from the lay of the text and the instrumental writing in response to and support of these themes.

Each artist played an variety of characters, rotating as lead, displaying tragic moments and comic qualities: Gossard’s gratified belief in “Romeo’s Séance” and her sorrowful subtleties in “Dear Sweet Filthy World,” Viscardi suave and smarmy in “This Offer is Unrepeatable,” Candebat, bowtie unraveled, an unstoppable one-man kickline in “Damnation’s Cellar,” and Martin, heartbreaking as a rejected lover in “Taking My Life In Your Hands,” a young soldier in “I Thought I’d Write to Juliet,” and in the ensemble closer, “The Birds Will Still Be Singing.”

It was a successful, intimate show, and the excellent musicians and crew delighted the audience in this noteworthy production

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Re: The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will perform “The Juliet Letters”" , January 2017

Postby johnfoyle » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:05 pm

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"Letters to Juliet" by Elvis Costello in the Picasso Museum Auditorium in #Malaga w/ @LuisPacetti and Cuarteto Mainake.

http://www.museopicassomalaga.org/en/cu ... -pacetti-0

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Re: The New Costelas performance of “The Juliet Letters” , Alcazar, Spain , 2017

Postby Man out of Time » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:32 pm

On 3 July 2014, The New Costelas (A Spanish String Quartet) performed "Cartas a Julieta": Details are here.

"Nace en 2012 de la pasión de cinco amigas por la música de cámara y su admiración por músicos contemporáneos que incorporan el cuarteto de cuerda como base de sus composiciones. Una formación poco usual incluyendo la voz al tradicional cuarteto de cuerdas donde las armonías y melodías no dejan indiferente a nadie mezclando lo clásico con otros géneros.

En su anterior proyecto han llevado su adaptación de temas de Bjork a numerosos escenarios entre los que destacan la Sala Compañía de Jerez de la Frontera, el Teatro de Arcos de la Frontera o la II Edición de la Ruta de los patios y plazas de Andújar. Mezcla de gusto, carácter y ritmos, saben adaptarse a cualquier estilo, como demuestran en colaboraciones en proyectos de otros artistas como el Concierto de Navidad Flamenca
realizado por Jesús Méndez y Tomasa “La Macanita” en la Catedral de Jerez.

Introducción

Cartas a Julieta es un espectáculo musical donde The new Costelas interpretan uno de los trabajos más singulares del cantante Bitánico Elvis Costello. El artista, junto al cuarteto Brodsky, le pone música y voz a una serie de cartas imaginarias destinadas a una también imaginaria Julieta Capuleto.

The new Costelas aportan su particular versión con la voz femenina de Pepa Niebla y apuesta por un género musical único alejado del papel tradicional del cuarteto de cuerda para ofrecer una línea camerís

THE NEW COSTELAS
NOCHES DE VERANO 2014

Ficha artística

Título del espectáculo: 'Las Cartas a Julieta'

Cante: Pepa Niebla
Violin: Sandra Raña
Belen Lucena
Violoncelo: Llibertat Aguilar
Viola: Marta Gonzalez Pisonero.

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Re: Valentine's Day performance of“The Juliet Letters”" , Malaga, Spain , 2017

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https://www.classicalevents.co.uk/conce ... -jon-boden

Sacconi Quartet and Jon Boden
Part of the St Georges Bristol Autumn/Winter 2018 Cycle

Details
St George's
Great George Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR
England

Friday 7th September 2018
7:30 PM
Tickets
Prices: £20, £15, £5 Students (Limited Availability)
Book Tickets

Programme
Steve Reich – Different Trains
Elvis Costello – The Juliet Letters (joint composition with the Brodsky Quartet)

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Re: Sacconi Quartet and Jon Boden performance of“The Juliet Letters”" , Bristol, England , 7 Sept. , 2018

Postby sweetest punch » Wed May 08, 2019 11:11 am

Belgian singer Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium:
http://apollomusicexperience.be/agenda.php
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Re: OXUS and Pam Pecko Smith perform The Juliet Letters, Oxford, 2 July 2019

Postby Man out of Time » Fri May 10, 2019 3:04 pm

On July 2, 2019, in Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, the innovative string quartet OXUS with Pam Pecko Smith will perform The Juliet Letters. This concert is part of the Oxford Festival of The Arts. Tickets now on sale, a snip at £12. Under 18s, £2!

"Pam Pecko Smith performs with an eclectic range of ensembles and has her own vintage jazz group ‘Honeysuckle Jazz’.

OXUS and Pam Pecko Smith will bring you a musical evening unlike anything you’ve heard before; guaranteed to send you home pondering the nature of love letters, chain letters, begging letters, and even junk mail.

OXUS:
Kate Bailey and Louise Graham (violins)
Heather Birt (viola)
Spike Wilson (cello)

http://www.artsfestivaloxford.org/whats-on/music-3/the-juliet-letters

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Re: Quartet Juliet de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Ivan Labanda play The Juliet Letters July 2019

Postby Man out of Time » Fri May 10, 2019 4:30 pm

In Barcelona, Spain, from 4 - 6 July, Quartet Juliet de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Ivan Labanda play The Juliet Letters. The venue is The Barcelona Arts Centre Barts.

Uno de los grandes nombres del musical catalán, un director de escena excepcional y una innovadora formación sinfónica llevan a escena la versión catalana de un disco de Elvis Costello que se basa en una serie de historias de amor inspiradas por el mito de Romeo y Julieta.

El antiguo monasterio de Verona donde, según la tradición, murió Julieta, la joven coprotagonista de Romeo y Julieta, aún recibe cartas de gente del todo el mundo que escribe a la desafortunada amante. Incluso un profesor de la localidad se encargó durante años de responder a aquellas misivas. Inspirado por esta historia, el músico de rock Elvis Costello y el Brodsky Quartet lanzaron en 1993 un disco compuesto por veinte temas, cada uno de los cuales se basaba en una de aquellas historias de amor, de traiciones y de desamores escritas por los hombres y las mujeres anónimos que se dirigían a Julieta. El cuarteto de cuerda y el mismo Costello interpretaron el disco en el Palau de la Música Catalana en 1995, pero, ahora, podemos escuchar en la sala BARTS una versión catalana de estas canciones interpretadas por Ivan Labanda, uno de los nombres más conocidos de la escena musical en nuestra tierra. Dirige la puesta en escena de estas cartas e historias de amor el director y dramaturgo Sergi Belbel, y les pone música un cuarteto de solistas de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès que toma, para la ocasión, el nombre de Quartet Juliet.

https://www.barcelona.cat/grec/es/espectaculos/cartes-julieta-delvis-costello

Or in "English" via Google translate -

"One of the great names of the Catalan musical, an exceptional stage director and an innovative symphonic formation, stages the Catalan version of an Elvis Costello album that is based on a series of love stories inspired by the Romeo and Juliet myth.

The ancient monastery of Verona where, according to tradition, died Juliet, the young co-star of Romeo and Juliet, still receives letters from people all over the world who write to the unfortunate lover. Even a local teacher was responsible for years to respond to those missives. Inspired by this story, the rock musician Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet released in 1993 a record composed of twenty songs, each of which was based on one of those stories of love, betrayals and heartbreak written by men and women. the anonymous women who addressed Julieta. The string quartet and Costello himself performed the album at the Palau de la Música Catalana in 1995, but, now, we can hear in the BARTS hall a Catalan version of these songs performed by Ivan Labanda, one of the most well-known names in the music scene in our land. He directs the staging of these letters and love stories, the director and playwright Sergi Belbel, and puts on music a quartet of soloists from the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès that takes, for the occasion, the name of Quartet Juliet."

FICHA ARTÍSTICA

Autoría de las letras y composición musical: Elvis Costello, Brodsky Quartet Traducción y adaptación: Joan Sellent Dirección: Sergi Belbel Interpretación: Ivan Labanda Interpretación musical: Quartet Juliet de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Diseño de la escenografía: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Construcción de la escenografía: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Diseño de la iluminación: Kiko Planas Diseño del vestuario: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Diseño del sonido: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Diseño gráfico: Maite Sabalete Fotografía: Paco Amate Producción y comunicación: Blanca de Carreras, Jofre Blesa, Blai Pera Marketing: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès Producción ejecutiva: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès

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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:15 am

https://www.arlnow.com/community-posts/ ... -an-opera/

Wait — Elvis Costello Wrote An Opera?

Elvis Costello wrote an opera? Well — not exactly. Costello wrote a song cycle called The Juliet Letters, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.

I’m Robert Wood, Executive and Artistic Director of UrbanArias, the D.C. area’s contemporary opera company. We’re producing a staged version of The Juliet Letters, Costello’s iconic crossover work, at Signature Theatre on July 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Juliet Letters is a series of 20 pop/classical fusion songs for voice and string quartet. The songs are a collection of letters that could have been written to or from the fictional Juliet Capulet — love letters, begging letters, Dear John letters, junk mail, suicide notes, pieces of graffiti. Popular D.C. theater director Cara Gabriel has staged the songs in a way that explores how we communicate with each other about love, whether by letter, by text, or even by Ouija board.

We have three young singers whose vocal flexibility will amaze you as they fuse pop idioms with their operatic training: Melissa Wimbish, Aryssa Burrs and Wes Mason. UrbanArias creates works that push the boundaries of opera — everything we produce is in English, is under 90 minutes long and was written in the last 30 years.

We hope you will join us for Elvis Costello’s beautiful music!

Purchase tickets at https://www.sigtheatre.org/events/20192 ... t-letters/.
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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:21 am

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The Juliet Letters
Presented by Urban Arias

The Juliet Letters is UrbanArias’ latest foray into musical mashups. Three accomplished young opera singers with flexible voices and acute acting sensibility will interpret Elvis Costello’s plaintive ballads and gritty up-tempo rock songs in a new conception by Cara Gabriel.

Elvis Costello describes The Juliet Letters as “a song sequence for string quartet and voice and it has a title. It’s a little bit different. It’s not a rock opera. It’s a new thing.” Released in 1993, The Juliet Letters, with its soulful lyrics and string quartet accompaniment rose to #18 on the UK Album Chart.

Rolling Stone gave The Juliet Letters a rave review, calling it “extraordinary” and “eerily emotive”,

The Juliet Letters
by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet
Directed by Cara Gabriel
With members of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robert Wood

Signature Theatre - The ARK Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
703 820 9771
$47
Show Dates
Thursday, July 11 at 8PM
Friday, July 12 at 8PM
Saturday, July 13 at 8PM
Sunday, July 14 at 2PM
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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:27 am

https://www.diaridesabadell.com/2019/06 ... -costello/

L’OSV revisita al Grec el mite de Romeu, Julieta i Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello i The Brodsky Quartet van publicar el disc The Juliet Letters el 1993: un seguit d’històries d’amor que s’inspiraven en el mite romàntic de Romeu i Julieta. Aquest juliol, 25 anys després, l’Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (OSV) estrenarà la versió catalana i en viu de l’àlbum: Cartes a Julieta es podrà veure del dijous 4 al dissabte 6 de juliol a la Sala Barts de Barcelona, dins la programació del festival Grec.

L’espectacle encetarà la temporada d’estiu de l’OSV, i -sota la direcció de Sergi Belbel– ajuntarà a escena l’actor Ivan Labanda i el Quartet Julieta. El primer es posarà dins la pell de Costello i farà de vocalista de The Juliet Letters, acompanyat pel quartet de l’orquestra sabadellenca, format per Marta Cardona (directora i violí I), Maria González (violí II), Sandrine Robillard (violoncel) i Joan Félix (viola).

Aquesta formació de corda ha estat creada especialment per a l’ocasió, unint a quatre solistes de l’OSV. Joan Sellent, habitual en els equips de Sergi Belbel, s’ha encarregat, per la seva banda, de la traducció de les lletres de les cançons de Costello i Andreu Gallén ha assumit la direcció vocal treballant cos a cos amb Ivan Labanda l’adaptació de les lletres a la música original.

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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:30 am

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20190 ... lieta.html

Ivan Labanda desgrana las veinte canciones de amor de "Cartes a Julieta"

Barcelona, 28 jun (EFE).- El multidisciplinar Ivan Labanda pondrá en escena la versión del disco de culto de Elvis Costello "The Juliet Letters" (Cartes a Julieta) en un nuevo proyecto teatral, que se podrá ver en el Festival Grec, dirigido por Sergi Belbel, y junto a cuatro solistas de la Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallès.

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Belbel ha explicado este viernes en rueda de prensa que el proyecto, que se podrá ver en tres únicas funciones entre el 4 y el 6 de julio en la Sala Barts, es una propuesta de la orquesta vallesana, a partir del disco de Costello junto al Brodsky Quartet, de 1993.

El director catalán ha comentado que se sintió atraído por la posibilidad de poner en escena las veinte canciones que integran el disco, que han sido traducidas al catalán por Joan Sallent, y empezó a darle vueltas para encontrar al "Costello catalán", una idea que pronto vio que "era un error, porque Costello es alguien irrepetible, y lo que debía buscar era alguien con personalidad, no un imitador".

Dándole vueltas llegó a la conclusión de que la figura que podría hacerlo es el "polifacético Ivan Labanda, alguien que hace teatro, canta, domina el musical, y ahora tiene la posibilidad de añadir una faceta más a su trayectoria, la del cantante con 'glamour', que aparece vestido como un 'crooner' al uso y desgrana veinte canciones de amor".

"Cartes a Julieta" surgió del hecho de que desde el año 1935, personas de todo el mundo han escrito cartas a Julieta, el personaje ficticio de "Romeo y Julieta", creado por William Shakespeare, a una dirección de un antiguo monasterio de Verona, donde, según la leyenda, murió la joven, y que eran contestadas por un profesor de la ciudad italiana.

Elvis Costello y el Brodsky Quartet mostraron su interés por esta correspondencia y decidieron en los años noventa crear una veintena de canciones sobre la misma, dos decenas de "dramáticas historias de amor, traición y desilusiones".

La pieza dirigida por Belbel mantiene el "espíritu y el concepto" de las cartas imaginarias enviadas a un receptor de ficción, Julieta Capuleto.

Belbel ha considerado que cada uno de los temas tiene un tono diferente, "los hay con un humor muy inglés, incluso cínico, otros abordan el suicidio, pero también las hay sarcásticas, con un humor muy subido".

Asimismo, ha sostenido que durante el concierto, que dura una hora y diez minutos, "hay momentos de mucha intimidad, repliegue, soledad".

Ivan Labanda, que aparece en escena durante toda la obra, ha aseverado que, aunque hay tres piezas sin letra, cada uno de los temas "tiene un registro diferente", y no ha escondido que se trata de "un reto, por la diversidad de estilos del disco, con muchas influencias, y una música compleja". "Es una sensación de montaña rusa total, que me permite poner toda la carne en el asador", ha apostillado.

A la vez, ha alabado el trabajo del cuarteto de músicos que le acompañan en el escenario y la relación que establecen los cinco porque "no hay nadie más".

Respecto al hecho de aceptar el proyecto, ha indicado que no se imaginaba haciendo un concierto de canciones de musical, "porque no le encontraba mucho sentido, no era un paso hacia adelante, pero este proyecto es distinto, me dejo llevar, descubrir nuevas cosas, tiene un punto de riesgo".

Tanto Sergi Belbel como Ivan Labanda han coincidido en que "Cartes a Julieta" no es sólo un concierto y tampoco es solamente un espectáculo teatral, sino que puede verse como una "experiencia musical singular". EF
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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

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https://www.wuppertaler-rundschau.de/te ... d-41044735

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Die Liederabendreihe der Oper findet ihren Abschluss für diese Spielzeit am Montag (8. Mai) um 20 Uhr mit „The Juliet Letters“ von Elvis Costello – im Theater am Engelsgarten. Mark Bowman-Hester (Tenor), David J. Becher (Rezitation), Emanuel Rauch (Violine), Maria Garcíasánchez (Viola), Sofía Chelidoni (Violine) und Paulo Francke Negreiros (Violoncello) erarbeiteten die Liedtexte und die Musik gemeinsam.
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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:39 am

https://www.abendblatt.de/hamburg-tipps ... Natur.html

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Eine feste Größe in der Popkultur-Szene der Hansestadt ist auch Jan Plewka. Bekannt geworden ist er als Sänger der Rockband Selig; Plewka hat in den vergangene Jahren aber auch mit Liedprogrammen auf sich aufmerksam gemacht, bei denen er sich um die Songs von Simon & Garfunkel oder Rio Reiser gekümmert hat. Am 21. Juni widmet er sich den „Juliet Letters“, die Elvis Costello vor einigen Jahren für Streichorchester komponiert hat. Finnegan Downie Dear wird das Ensemble Resonanz dirigieren, Sebastian Schottke sorgt für die entsprechende Klangregie. Zuvor ist Plewka auch noch bei einem Talk dabei. Zusammen mit dem DJ Sebastian Reier und dem bulgarischen Elektro-Künstler Horatiu Serbanescu reden die drei über Vinylplatten und spielen Musik abseits des Mainstreams.
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Re: Patrick Riguelle and the Apollo Music Experience are playing The Juliet Letters in Belgium, 2019

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:41 am

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/resonanz ... _id=452183

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Grenzbereich zwischen Pop und Klassik

Im Grenzbereich zwischen Pop und Klassik, zwischen Balladenton und Anklängen an Schostakowitsch, bewegt sich der Zyklus der Juliet Letters von Elvis Costello. Beim Festival zu erleben mit einem Streichquartett des Ensemble Resonanz und Jan Plewka, der seit den 90er-Jahren vor allem als Sänger der Rockband Selig bekannt geworden ist. Costello vertont in seinen Juliet Letters Collagen aus ungewöhnlichen Briefen, die Menschen aus aller Welt an Julia Capulet aus Shakespeares Romeo und Julia adressieren oder sie direkt an die Liebesmauer vor Julias Haus in Verona kleben.
„Da wurde jetzt ein Komitee gegründet, vor vielen Jahren,“ sagt Jan Plewka. „Und die beantworten diese ganzen Briefe. Du schreibst an Julia deine Wünsche und du kriegst eine Antwort, und das ist so ein schöne Idee und so romantisch.“
Die Liebe mit alle ihren Wünschen, Schmerzen und Projektionen ist ein zentraler Topos der Romantik, das spiegelte sich im Programm, auch in der Aufführung eines Streicherarrangements der Einleitung zu Richard Wagners Tristan und Isolde.
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