DVDs showcase Costello's pop and classical sides

Both the classical and pop sides of legendary tunesmith Elvis Costello are showcased in a pair of new DVDs that will be released by Rhino.


In 1993, the Grammy?-winning songwriter composed, performed and produced The Juliet Letters with the renowned classical Brodsky Quartet. Calling it a ?song sequence for string quartet and voice,? this project was inspired by a collection of letters written by an Italian literature professor who answered missives addressed to Shakespeare?s Juliet.

The Juliet Letters, which will be released May 22, contains more than 50 minutes of music in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM Stereo. It fuses pop sensibilities and chamber music.

It features Costello and the Brodsky Quartet ? Michael Thomas, Ian Belton, Paul Cassidy and Jacqueline Thomas ? performing selections from the 1993 album live at a studio in London.

The DVD presents 13 performances including the Costello-composed tracks ?Deliver Us,? ?For Other Eyes,? ?Dear Sweet Filthy World,? ?I Thought I?d Write To Juliet,? ?The First To Leave? ?Swine,? ?The Birds Will Still Be Singing? and ?Why?? with numerous lyrical collaborations between Costello and the quartet, the DVD also features a trio of songs featuring music written by Thomas ? ?Jacksons, Monk and Rowe,? ?Last Post? and ?Who Do You Think You Are??

Filmed at the BBC in London, Live: A Case for Song features Elvis Costello along with the Attractions, the Brodsky Quartet and the White City Septet. Live: A Case For Song is being released June 26 for the first time on DVD. It now features Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, plus six additional performances excluded from the original VHS release.

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