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SF Symphony review: Elvis Costello and Stravinsky make a mismatch

Once a person becomes sufficiently famous and accomplished, the invitations start rolling in from far and wide — including projects that have nothing to do with their particular talents. Why it happened is not easy to understand, but there he was on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall on Friday night alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Symphony, not to mention a couple of genuine actors. Yet that enthusiasm has always been based on Costello’s extraordinary gifts as a songwriter and performing musician, as well as his keen critical brilliance as a musical thinker. The score, written for just seven instruments, is a bony creation in the composer’s neo-Classical vein, and Thomas and the instrumentalists made fine work of its angular rhythms and tart dissonances. [...] the music intertwines with plenty of spoken text — telling a traditional story about a not-too-canny fellow who makes an ill-judged deal with the Devil — and any performance relies as much on dramatic values as on musical ones. There was more vivacity and delight to be had from the first half of the program, in which John Adams conducted the first Symphony performance of his “Grand Pianola Music” since its 1982 premiere on the long-gone New and Unusual Music series. The music is a mashup of Steve Reich, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and various pop strains, and it’s suffused throughout with the composer’s giddy sense of freedom. The piece is scored for two pianos (Marc-André Hamelin and Orli Shaham in this performance) as well as three singers (the fine ensemble Synergy Vocals) and a small stringless orchestra, and Adams combines his resources into a heady blend that is by turns translucent and rumblingly grand.
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Review: Elvis Costello at the Sage Gateshead

Review: Elvis Costello at the Sage Gateshead | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
The singer-songwriter returns to Tyneside with a set completely different to anything he's done before (as expected)
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Darlene Love Gets Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello for New Album

Darlene Love Gets Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello for New Album | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Thanks to the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom — not to mention all those gratuitous pressings of Phil Spector's Christmas album — veteran vocalist Darlene Love has been gaining increased recognition in recent years. Now, she's preparing ...
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Elvis Costello interview: 'I'd like to see Tony Blair in an orange jumpsuit'

Elvis Costello interview: 'I'd like to see Tony Blair in an orange jumpsuit' | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
'My father sang If I Had a Hammer to the Queen Mother. She was very fond of work songs, never having had a job of her own.'
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Elvis Costello Says 'Shadows in the Night' Is One of Bob Dylan's Best Albums - Diffuser.fm

Elvis Costello Says 'Shadows in the Night' Is One of Bob Dylan's Best Albums - Diffuser.fm | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Elvis Costello is no stranger to Bob Dylan tunes.
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Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Plot Joint Tour - RollingStone.com

Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Plot Joint Tour - RollingStone.com | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Rock veterans book cross-country tour for this spring and summer
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Robert Plant, Elvis Costello Featured on New Album by Bluegrass Great Ralph Stanley

Robert Plant, Elvis Costello Featured on New Album by Bluegrass Great Ralph Stanley | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Robert Plant and Elvis Costello have been known to explore American roots music on their own albums, and now the two Rock and Roll...
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Through My Ears Only: Fame

Through My Ears Only: Fame | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

Mellotone70Up: John Harvey: 30th October 2014

Talking about Georgie Fame last night, on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, Elvis Costello bemoaned the fact that he’d been...

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts The Soldier's Tale

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts The Soldier's Tale | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct "The Soldier's Tale" with the San Francisco Symphony in January 2015 at the Davies Symphony Hall.

This is the story of a soldier, deceived by the devil, with music by Stravinsky.

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Watch 6 Songs From Showtime's Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued ... - Stereogum

Watch 6 Songs From Showtime's Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued ... - Stereogum | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier
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The New Basement Tapes Peforms "Duncan & Jimmy" - YouTube

The New Basement Tapes Peforms "Duncan & Jimmy" on Jimmy Kimmel Live SUBSCRIBE to get the latest #KIMMEL: http://bit.ly/JKLSubscribe Watch the latest Hallowe...
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Elvis Costello Book Takes True Aim

Elvis Costello Book Takes True Aim | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
How Declan P. McManus transformed himself into rock star Elvis Costello, one of the most significant musical voices of his era
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Review: Elvis Costello at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Review: Elvis Costello at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Jade Wright gives her verdict...
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​Preview: Elvis Costello at the Colston Hall, Bristol, on Sunday, June 21

​Preview:  Elvis Costello at the Colston Hall, Bristol,  on Sunday, June 21 | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

From sneery 70s nerd-punker to polymath and serial collaborator, Elvis Costello's musical journey over four decades is both genre-bending and boundary defying. Costello's output is prodigious,...

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Diana Krall on being set up with Elvis Costello by Elton John - ABC Online

Diana Krall on being set up with Elvis Costello by Elton John - ABC Online | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
On the release of her latest album 'Wallflower,' Canadian jazz icon Diana Krall speaks to RN Afternoons about learning to hand over a level of control, and being set up by one of the biggest names in music.
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Elvis Costello Hails Bob Dylan's Latest As 'One of the Greatest Records He's ... - Billboard

Elvis Costello Hails Bob Dylan's Latest As 'One of the Greatest Records He's ... - Billboard | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Had the evening's theme been celebrating heartbreak, not fighting heart disease, Elvis Costello would have been an obvious pick to headline the 12th Annual Woman's Day Red Dress Awards, held Tuesday (Feb.
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Undaunted: After 35 Years in the Business, Elvis Costello Is Still Craving ... - SF Weekly

Undaunted: After 35 Years in the Business, Elvis Costello Is Still Craving ... - SF Weekly | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Elvis Costello is far too big and still too disgruntled to fit into a sound bite. Which is good, because the chip remaining on the...
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Elvis Costello to Perform at Woman's Day Red Dress Awards

Elvis Costello to Perform at Woman's Day Red Dress Awards | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
Elvis Costello x Woman's Day Red Dress Awards? Yep! The singer-songwriter will headline the 12th annual Woman's Day Red Dress Awards on February 10, 2015, honoring those who have made significant contributions in the fight against heart disease, the
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The New Basement Tapes: A Bob Dylan Supergroup

The New Basement Tapes: A Bob Dylan Supergroup | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

Guardian Liberty Voice: Brett Stewart: 15th November 2014

On Nov.

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Elvis Costello's latest adventure: Satanic role with San Francisco Symphony

Elvis Costello's latest adventure: Satanic role with San Francisco Symphony | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

San Jose Mercury News: Richard Scheinin: 12th January 2015

This weekend, Elvis Costello will talk about...

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MTT Leads The San Francisco Symphony In Performances Of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, With Elvis Costello As Narrator

MTT Leads The San Francisco Symphony In Performances Of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, With Elvis Costello As Narrator | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco
Symphony (SFS) in performances of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The
Soldier’s Tale) with Elvis Costello as narrator and actor Malcolm

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The New Basement Tapes — Morning Becomes Eclectic — KCRW

The New Basement Tapes — Morning Becomes Eclectic — KCRW | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
The New Basement Tapes are a supergroup put together by producer T. Bone Burnett to turn long lost Bob Dylan lyrics into new songs.
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The New Basement Tapes Performs "Nothing To It" - YouTube

The New Basement Tapes Performs "Nothing To It" - YouTube | ElvisCostello | Scoop.it
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