Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano & the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for The Juliet Letters

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

Postby sweetest punch » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:16 am

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https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2019/07/ ... rbanarias/

Review: ‘The Juliet Letters’ by UrbanArias

UrbanArias delivers a physical, aural, and emotional journey in their brilliant interpretation of Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet’s The Juliet Letters. Based upon imagined love letters written to an archetypical Juliet, the song cycle moves through the various emotions evoked by love. Director Cara Gabriel and Conductor Robert Wood have created a wholly original interpretation of Costello’s quixotic exploration of love in all its facets: raw, wanting, hurting, grasping, embracing, soaring, sorrowing.

Musically delightful and demanding, the cast and orchestra unite soul deep to provide a non-stop web of sound and phrasing that arch, catlike, around the sinews of the heart. The songs as written do not tell a linear story, rather they explore the kaleidoscope face of love and lovers and the Janus of romantic and familial love-hate. In the opening numbers, the ensemble of three gifted singer-actor-dancers joins with the four-piece orchestra in a blending of voice and instrument that lifts the audience out of their world and encloses them in the body of the tale to come.

The immersion into this world begins upon entering the ARK within Signature Theatre. The black-box room is filled with small cocktail tables (bring in your drinks if you wish) and seats are close-packed, ensuring intimacy with your coterie and those around you. The stage is spare – three chairs of differing appeal, a stool, a modest yet hopeful dining room chair, and a wooden office rolling chair from the middle of the last century. The orchestra is stage right, off the main sightlines yet very much engaged in the presentation. The back wall of the set grips hard with its own story – a shattering of geometric pieces of various shades of red loosely defining a heart. Anyone who has been crushed by love knows that heart.

Aryssa Leigh Burrs, Robert Wesley Mason, and Melissa Wimbish are the triumvirate of artists on stage who weave the song cycle into the stories of the night. They bring operatic voices, graceful physicality, and intensely connected acting and interacting to each of the songs. Their voices and movement expressed through their characters’ engagement and with the props provided (the chairs, a knife, tarot cards, letters dropping from heaven, and even the triangular guide piece from an Ouija Board) enchant as they each weave into and out of various personae and one another’s lives on stage.

Burrs brings a clear, welcoming, and well-enunciated voice to this production. As she soars into the highlights of each song, she loses none of the clarity needed to keep the poetry and wordplay in play through the storyline. Mason roars and growls and introspects in bold baritone bravado and tosses out the occasional bit of tenor rock and roll to keep the ghost of Elvis alive. Wimbish is a constant heavenly voice, soaring and diving and filling the space and our hearts with the purity of song. Her intimacy and immediacy enrich the characters of enchantress, sorceress, and mystic she creates onstage. At times the music overcomes the pronunciation, and the context fills in the story being told.

All three bring strong acting and dancing to define their characters or the moment. Synchronized movement, balletic in its control and strength, is a hallmark of this ensemble. Scrabbling about the stage in one sketch, helter-skelter physical cacophony ripens in a later sketch to lover’s embracing, and further on into a stillness marking the final loss of love, chillingly and heartbreakingly illustrated by the folding of a cloak as a flag to mark the ultimate passing.

The orchestra, led by Wood, was perfectly twined with the ensemble. Creating mood and counterpoint, leading and following, the entire cast of three actors and four instrumentalists stayed as one throughout the night. This was a critical part of the elation of the evening, the full UrbanArias team’s complete surrender and commitment to that relationship, the force holding, perhaps, the shattered heart together.

Running Time: 75 minutes, without intermission.

The Juliet Letters, presented by UrbanArias, plays July 11 to 14, 2019, at the ARK in the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206. Purchase tickets online.

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

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:51 am

Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam: https://www.sqba.nl/events/extending-st ... -5?lang=en
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Damnation's Cellar String Quartet & Katie Holland play The Juliet Letters in Perth, WA

Postby Man out of Time » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:13 am

Back in February 2017, in Perth, Western Australia, the "Damnation's Cellar String Quartet" with vocalist Katie Holland gave a performance of the Juliet Letters in the Dress Circle Bar at His Majesty's Theatre.

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You can read a review by Steven Hounsome from the West Australian here:

"Juliet Letters
3 stars
His Majesty’s Theatre Dress Circle Bar


It’s not hard to imagine Elvis Costello fans were somewhat mystified in 1993. After a series of pop albums with moderate commercial success, the music icon teamed up with a string quartet to produce The Juliet Letters – a recording of relatively sparse compositions inspired by Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

It wasn’t the first time he surprised listeners – Almost Blue was an album of pure country – or by any means the last, but it’s probably his greatest deviation from the mainstream.

As to be expected with Costello it’s lyrically strong with a fascinating combination of sweet harmonies and more challenging moments.

His embrace of discord ensures that, even when working with violins, Costello will never be mistaken for Andre Rieu.

Although drawing some critical praise, The Juliet Letters’ lone single failed to chart, the Americans were having none of it and it’s become more of a footnote than a headline in the annals of music history.

But now it makes a surprising, and welcome, return at this year’s Fringe Festival.

The Damnation Cellar String Quartet faithfully recreate The Brodsky Quartet’s original playing, which is no minor feat given the complexity of several of the pieces.

Katie Holland, who handles the vocals, is clearly an accomplished singer but her voice is not always suited to the material.

Costello’s edgier voice was an effective counterpoint to the sweetness of the strings, whereas with Holland some tracks, such as Swine, lose their original impact.

Elsewhere, though, she is in more comfortable territory – This Sad Burlesque and The Birds Will Still Be Singing are two notable examples.

It would have been nice for her to build an early rapport with the admittedly small audience but Holland seemed reluctant to talk or even offer eye contact. A few contextual comments about the album would also have been a wonderful addition.

The Dress Circle Bar was a warm and inviting space on this rainy February evening, perfectly suited to such a performance; although the decision to leave the bar lights on throughout the show was unfortunate.

This might be a difficult hour if your appreciation of Costello does not extend beyond the New Wave catchiness of Pump It Up and Oliver’s Army. Similarly, if the thought of a string quartet is enough to send you running, this show is unlikely to stop you in your tracks.

Although it’s a show that might struggle to find a natural audience and it’s only partly successful in recapturing the original recording, it draws attention to one of Costello’s many interesting, and under-appreciated, albums and that alone should be applauded."

You can see for yourself whether the review is fair....


"Who Do You Think You Are?" 2:57


"Why?" 0:33


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lLOrquestra Simfònica del Vallès i Ivan Labanda play The Juliet Letters, July 2019 in Barcelona

Postby Man out of Time » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:10 pm

Something a little different now. In July 2019, l'Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Ivan Labanda performed Cartes a Julieta (The Juliet Letters) for three nights at Barcelona Arts On Stage (Barts) in Barcelona, Spain. For variety (and probably to help ticket sales) the songs had been translated into Catalan. Here is a taste of those shows, courtesy of Teatremusical.cat and YouTube...

Quasi em toques el punt feble (I Almost Had A Weakness) - 3:44

Jacksons Monk & Rowe - 3:23

Aquest Sainet (This Sad Burlesque) - 2:56

Ocells que encara canten (The Birds Will Still Be Singing) - 5:09

With a limited knowledge of Spanish, and therefore an even more limited grasp of Catalan, I think Ivan Labanda captures the spirit of the piece very well. Almost certainly easier to sing these in your native tongue than in a foreign language. Interesting to know who made the translation of the lyrics.

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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sweetest punch » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:51 am

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/02/02/st ... s-a3989009

Biënnale toont oude en nieuwe rijkdom van het strijkkwartet

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Het Nederlandse Ragazze Quartet en sopraan Claron McFadden vermengden Leos Janaceks Tweede Strijkkwartet ‘Intieme brieven’ met The Juiliet Letters van popmuzikant Elvis Costello en een theatrale ingesproken ‘Romeo en Julia’-dialoog van de dramaturg en filosoof Wout van Tongeren: beiden kijken met hun eigen, nogal contrasterende blik terug op hun korte leven en liefde. Een veelbelovende voorpremière van de voorstelling die vanaf maart langs de theaters reist.

„Het woord schept ruimte”, benadrukt de onzichtbare Romeo bij het Ragazze Quartet, maar dat mantra gold de afgelopen week vooral de muziek, die breed uitwaaierde.
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The Ragazze Quartet and sopraan Claron McFadden go on tour in the Netherlands with ‘Intimate Letters’: https://ragazzequartet.nl/en/

The Juliet Letters are part of this show. Short clip from the rehearsels: https://youtu.be/tBjfZVqAXCg

March 1, 2020: https://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/en ... n_sopraan/
March 4, 2020: https://www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl/en ... me-brieven
March 11, 2020: https://www.stadsschouwburgendevereenig ... _McFadden/
March 29, 2020: https://muzenforum.nl/ragazze-quartet-m ... -mcfadden/
May 25, 2020: https://www.operadagenrotterdam.nl/
November 7, 2020: https://ccamstel.nl/
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Filarmonica dell'Opera italiana Bruno Bartoletti play "Shakespeare in music"

Postby Man out of Time » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:07 pm

Meanwhile, in Italy, the Filarmonica dell'Opera italiana Bruno Bartoletti with Roberta Giallo put on a concert under the title "Shakespeare in music".

This was a double bill of "The Fairy Queen" by Henry Purcell (1692) and "The Juliet Letters" by Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet (1993).

The show was performed in Teatro Cavallerizza, Reggio Emilia on 22 January 2019.

Here is their version of "Romeo's Seance' - From a distance and Close-up.

And in rehearsal: Who Do You Think You Are?

Proving yet again how tricky these songs are to sing....

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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:56 am

Kira Skov and the Copenhagen Phil String Quartet play The Juliet Letters on August 20, 2020 in Denmark: https://www.tivoli.dk/da/kultur+og+prog ... et+letters

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The Juliet Letters

The Juliet Letters is originally an album by Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet from 1993. Elvis Costello himself says that it "a number of songs for string quartet and vocals, and it has a title. It's a little different. It's not a rock opera. It's something new ”.

The Juliet Letters was performed last year in connection with the Copenhagen Opera Festival - also with Kira Skov in front - and it became a huge success, which is now repeated in Tivoli - also in collaboration with the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

The lyrics are a series of imaginary letters sent to an imaginary recipient, Juliet Capulet, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Julie.

The music is played here by a quartet consisting of musicians from Copenhagen Phil. The quartet has played together in several different constellations over the last few years, e.g. in connection with the installation of La bohème at the Eastern Gasworks and for a concert at the National Museum in connection with their big German exhibition in February, which was curated by Hammer & Cilius and broadcast live on the radio. Later in the year you can also experience the quartet in Berlin as part of the Berlin Philharmonic's chamber music series.

Starring: Kira Skov, vocal, Copenhagen Phil String Quartet: Maria Rabenberg, violin, Kirstine Futtrup, violin, Trine Dalsgaard, viola, Theodor Lyngstad, cello

The most important thing for us is that we can accept our guests in a safe and sound way. Therefore, we have taken a number of new measures to comply with the recommendations of the authorities. We have increased cleaning and liquor stations in Haven and Salene so you do not have to worry about hygiene.

The hall is divided so there is always a locked seat between those on sale. Groups have the opportunity to move to the event as long as there is at least one seat distance for guests outside the group. Feel free to contact us on 33151001 or info@tivoli.dk if you have any questions or need help ordering.
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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sweetest punch » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:11 am

https://www.ndr.de/kultur/The-Juliet-Le ... rs100.html

Elvis Costello hat Anfang der 1990er-Jahre sein Album "The Juliet Letters" aufgenommen. Vertont hat er darin knapp 20 von ihm selbst geschriebene Briefe. Eingespielt hat er es gemeinsam mit der Streicherformation Brodsky Quartett. Es ist eins der legendären Gesamtkunstwerke englischer Musikgeschichte. Choreograf Ralf Dörnen hat zu dieser Musik am Theater Vorpommern mit "The Juliet Letters" einen gleichnamigen Ballettabend auf die Bühne gebracht.

In "The Juliet Letters" sind die Tänzer nicht nur ausdrucksstark, sondern tragen auch ungewöhnliche Briefe vor.
Ein Mann liest ungläubig und fassungslos in einem Brief. Er erfährt, warum seine Frau sich umgebracht hat. Gerade hat er das Papier zwischen ihrer Seidenwäsche gefunden. Auf der Bühne des Greifswalder Theaters liest der Tänzer Davide d´Elia. Um ihn herum bewegen sich Tänzerinnen in roten Seidenkleidern. Es sind die Erinnerungen an seine Frau.

Choreograf Ralf Dörnen hat das Album "The Juliet Letter" von Elvis Costello als Kammerballett auf die Bühne gebracht. "Ich habe diese CD schon seit 20 Jahren im Schrank stehen und wollte das immer schon machen", sagt der Choreograf. "Jetzt bei Corona habe ich gedacht, das ist so eine melancholische Geschichte, so eine vereinzelte Geschichte, wo viele Soli auch möglich sind."

Nach 20 Jahren erfolgreicher Arbeit als Ballettdirektor übernimmt Ralf Dörnen ab Sommer 2021 die Leitung des Theaters Vorpommern. Sein Ziel: "Gutes Theater mit allen Sparten machen."
Inspiriert war Elvis Costello von den Briefen an Julia Capulet. Viele Menschen schreiben einfach an die Shakespeare Figur aus Romeo und Julia. "Die Briefe sind von Menschen wie Du und ich, die alle möglichen Probleme oder Wünsche oder Herzensangelegenheiten in diese Briefe packen", sagt Dörnen. "Elvis Costello und das Brodsky Quartett haben 20 dieser Briefe selber verfasst, also es sind keine Originalbriefe, sondern sie haben sich selber Briefe ausgedacht. Und dann in eine, wie ich finde, wunderbare Musik gepackt."

Die Tänzer und Tänzerinnen des Ballett Vorpommern sind mit den Briefen mal ganz alleine auf der Bühne. Oder schreiben sich in synchronen Bewegungen gegenseitig. Sammeln flatternde Briefe aus der Luft, zerknüllen oder küssen sie und sind dabei auch schauspielerisch überzeugend.

Aus Rock und Klassik wird Ballett

Mal ruhig, mal impulsiv: Das Tempo der Inszenierung passt sich an die Briefe an.
Rocklegende Elvis Costello hatte für Album mit dem Brodsky-Quartett zusammen gearbeitet. Ein Steichquartett, bis heute weltberühmt ist für seine Interpretationen klassischer Musik. Herausgekommen ist ein Gesamtkunstwerk aus poetischen Texten und wunderschönen Melodien.

Es sind Briefe mit ganz unterschiedlichen Inhalten. Mal traurig, mal lakonisch oder völlig abstrus, wie das Lied "Der Keller der Verdammnis". Dort wünscht sich jemand, dass gewisse Berühmtheiten mit einer Zeitmaschine zum Leben erweckt werden, um noch einmal mit ihnen abzurechnen.

In einem anderen Brief fragt ein kleiner Junge, wo seine Mutter ist. "Wahrscheinlich lassen die Eltern sich scheiden und er weiß nicht, ob er geliebt wird von seinen Eltern oder nicht", erklärt Ralf Dörnen. "Wie das immer so ist, finden viele Kinder ja, dass sie selber Schuld sind, was natürlich nicht stimmt. Es gibt einen Brief, der eigentlich ganz klar über die Zerstörung der Welt spricht, das heißt the sad bulesque, der davon spricht, wenn wir mal nicht mehr da sind, ist die Erde leer und jemand kann damit nicht so gut umgehen."

Wehende Briefe auf der Bühne

Auf der Bühne schweben unzählige Briefe an langen Fäden. Briefe werden in Umschlägen verteilt, rieseln von der Decke auf der ansonten leeren Bühne von Ausstatterin Eva Humburg. "Es ist für Ballett sowieso anders als für Schauspiel oder Musiktheater, weil die Tänzer ja immer sehr viel Platz brauchen", sagt die Bühnenbildnerin. "Mich hat das aber mit den Juliet Letters gar nicht behindert, weil ich wollte wehende Briefe haben."

Für Ralf Dörnen ist der Abend auch eine Ode an den Brief schlechthin:"Wir schreiben heute keine Briefe mehr. Wir hämmern das alles in den PC, aber wenn man sich wirklich hinsetzt und mit der Hand schreibt, und jedes einzelne Wort wirklich überlegt. Ich glaube, das Gefühl, jemandem wirklich etwas mitteilen zu wollen, geht verloren.

Ein Abend, mit wunderbaren Bildern und großartiger Musik und vielleicht sogar der kühnen Idee, sich mal wieder hinzusetzen und einen Brief zu schreiben.

"The Juliet Letters": Eine Ode an den Brief

Choreograf Ralf Dörnen hat das legendäre Album "The Juliet Letters" von Elvis Costello zu einem Ballettabend zusammengewebt. Am Theater Vorpommern wird das Stück nun aufgeführt.

Art:
Bühne
Datum:
19.09.2020, 19:00 Uhr
Ende:
28.12.2020
Ort:
Großes Haus
Anklamer Straße 106
17489 Greifswald
Telefon:
(03834) 57 22 224
E-Mail:
info@theater-vorpommern.de
Preis:
20,50 - 28,50 Euro
Besonderheit:
Im Großen Haus in Stralsund wird das Stück ebenfalls zwei Mal aufgeführt (17.10./31.10. 19.30 Uhr).
Hinweis:

Choreographie und Inszenierung: Ralf Dörnen
Bühne und Kostüme: Eva Humburg
Licht: Thomas Haack
Choreographische Assistenz: Adonai Luna
Musikalische Assistenz: Peter Hammer
Dramaturgie: Inga Helena Haack
Inspizienz: Nadim Hussain
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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:16 pm

Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for a 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for the Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet album ‘The Juliet Letters’.

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Latin Grammy nomination for Elena Rivera: https://www.google.be/amp/s/www.elimpar ... -0110.html

https://music.apple.com/be/album/the-ju ... 25831?l=nl
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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:34 pm

https://www.datmachstduheute.de/events/ ... -premiere/

The Juliet Letters (Uraufführung) – Premiere


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Sa, 17.10.2020 - Zeit 19:30
Theater Stralsund
Olof-Palme-Platz 6
18439 Stralsund

Kammerballett von Ralf Dörnen
basierend auf dem Album „The Juliet Letters“ von Elvis Costello und The Brodsky Quartet

„Juliet, Verona, Italy“ lautet die Adresse, an die viele Menschen Briefe schreiben, die Fragen in Sachen Leben, Liebe, Trennung beinhalten und sogar seit vielen Jahren Antworten bekommen. Handschriftlich. Der „Club de Giulietta“ hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht den Ratsuchenden zu antworten. Seit mehreren Jahrzehnten kümmern sich einige Damen und ein Herr ehrenamtlich um die Briefe.

Auch Elvis Costello und das Brodsky Quartet füllen mit ihren fiktiven Briefen an Julia – alle Titel selbst von ihm und den Musikern geschrieben – ein ganzes Album. Als Ballett inszeniert, widmet sich Ralf Dörnen den verschiedenen Themen der Texte und arbeitet mit der Annahme, dass völlig fremde Menschen die innigsten Gedanken und persönlichsten Gefühle in den Briefen zu lesen bekommen.
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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby Man out of Time » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:29 pm

sweetest punch wrote:Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for a 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for the Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet album ‘The Juliet Letters’.

Latin Grammy nomination for Elena Rivera: https://www.google.be/amp/s/www.elimpar ... -0110.html


I am glad this album has been recognised. It did not seem to receive a full release, back in April, in the midst of lockdown. You can hear how good it is here:



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Re: Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano & the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for The Juliet Lett

Postby sulky lad » Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:06 pm

The album cover looks a bit like a London forum meeting when someone asks
"Who's round is it ?!!" :roll: :D

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Re: Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano & the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for The Juliet Lett

Postby sweetest punch » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:59 am

https://www.google.be/amp/s/m.ostsee-ze ... 7.-Oktober

Ballettpremiere in Stralsund von „The Juliet Letters“: Das erwartet die Zuschauer

Seit sieben Monaten wurde coronabedingt nicht mehr auf der Stralsunder Bühne getanzt. Ein neues Stück soll dies ändern. „In „The Juliet Letters“ geht es um Briefe, die noch immer an Shakespeares Julia in Verona geschrieben werden. Am Sonnabend ist die Premiere des Balletts.

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Re: Ragazze Quartet & Claron McFadden play The Juliet Letters on January 28, 2020 in Amsterdam

Postby sheeptotheslaughter » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:33 am

Man out of Time wrote:
sweetest punch wrote:Soprano Elena Rivera Soprano and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are nominated for a 2020 Latin GRAMMYs for the Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet album ‘The Juliet Letters’.

Latin Grammy nomination for Elena Rivera: https://www.google.be/amp/s/www.elimpar ... -0110.html


I am glad this album has been recognised. It did not seem to receive a full release, back in April, in the midst of lockdown. You can hear how good it is here:



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Thanks MOOT for the heads up. I have listened to this and its really good the only problem I have is occasionally she reminds me of Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family


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