Label: Warner Bros. Records - 9362-45180-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Pop, Classical •
The Juliet Letters is the 14th studio album by the British rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costelloreleased on compact disc as Warner Brothers The entire instrumental backing is provided by the Brodsky Quartet. Costello described the album 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. Costello first encountered the Brodsky Quartet ina performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of the entire cycle of string quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Costello viewed this album as neither his first stab at classical music, nor the Brodsky's first attempt at rock and roll. With a concept of imaginary letters being sent to an imaginary recipient, Juliet Capuletall five musicians contributed to the writing of the lyrics as well as the music.
The album was released initially on compact disc in The bonus disc included additional musicians to Costello and the Brodsky Quartet, with some tracks recorded live at the Meltdown Festival. Several artists have either recorded or mounted productions of the song cycle.
In Septemberhusband-and-wife duo Michelle and David Murray released a new version arranged for voice and piano by David Murray. InJake Endres and the Theatrical Musical Company produced the first fully staged theatrical performance of The Juliet Letterscomplete with two additional original songs.
The production opened in September in Minneapolis at the Southern Theater. Ina Polish singer-actress Katarzyna Groniec translated the whole Juliet Letters material into Polish, recorded and released it as Listy Julii with a band of trombone, saxophone, clarinet, French horn, tuba, flute, keyboards, bass guitar, and drums. Voice department faculty of the Berklee College of Music performed the music with a student string quartet in a recital April 18, All songs written by Declan MacManusexcept where noted; track timings taken from Rhino reissue.
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