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

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

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:35 pm

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.

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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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