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Sting Live In Berlin [CD / DVD Combo] [Box set]

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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0042RUMIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Thousand Years
2. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
3. Englishman in New York
4. Roxanne
5. When We Dance
6. Russians
7. I Hung My Head
8. Why Should I Cry For You?
9. Whenever I Say Your Name (*)
10. This Cowboy Song
11. Tomorrow We'll See
12. Moon Over Bourbon Street
13. The End of the Game
14. You Will Be My Ain True Love
15. All Would Envy 16. Mad About You
16. King of Pain
17. Every Breath You Take
18. Desert Rose
19. She's Too Good For Me
20. Fragile
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"If you have the chance to hear Sting's greatest hits performed with a symphony orchestra, it is one that you don't want to miss." -- Diena (Tallinn)

"Pairing Sting with the orchestra is brilliant synchronicity on multiple levels. He's a consummate showman and a willful storyteller." -- The Denver Post

"Sting proves that he is one of the greatest living musicians." -- Die Welt (Berlin)

"The real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see." -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"This is one of the must-see concerts of the year." -- The New York Post

Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD Edition. 2010 live album from the former Police man and solo superstar. Culled from Sting's critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this live CD/DVD compilation features many of his greatest hits, including "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King Of Pain," "Fields Of Gold," and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity! Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London's Royal Albert Hall, among others.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of class... November 23, 2010
By D. Dunn
Format:Audio CD
When Sting originally announced that he was going to tour with a full fifty piece orchestra and perform his best known songs I was a little sceptical. How could that possibly work? Well, five months in, it is apparent just how wrong I was to harbour any doubts. The 'Symphonicity' shows have been spectacular successes since the tour launched in Vancouver earlier this year and have since garnered glowing accolades in the media. When I attended several of the shows, I was totally blown away by the whole experience and quickly realised how short-sighted my initial scepticism had been.

'Live in Berlin' is produced by Jim Gable and Ann Kim who have been responsible for previous Sting releases such as 'A Winter's Night... Live from Durham Cathedral', 'The Journey and the Labyrinth', 'Inside The Songs of Sacred Love', and '...All This Time' as well as 'The Police: Certifiable'. They have successfully captured the feel of the 'Symphonicity' concerts and while there are obvious limitations to the presentation of a show of this size given the sheer number of musicians on stage, the clever use of three large light boxes above the stage - which occasionally provide live and video footage - light the show superbly and provide subtle, tasteful lighting throughout the concert. The DVD also includes Sting's spoken introductions to several songs, where he explains the inspiration behind a song or offers some other biographical background, and while this would be distracting in a faster paced rock concert, here it works well.

The highlights are numerous. Take for example, the unmistakable sound of special guest Branford Marsalis who adds his saxophone to 'Englishman in New York', 'Mad About You' and 'Desert Rose'.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, sophisticated show convinces skeptic November 24, 2010
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I started watching this DVD with some skepticism, but I was won over as the concert progressed. By the end I was enthusiastic, and felt it was probably some of Sting's best live work so far.

The first five songs on the DVD appeared to confirm my worst fears. Slow, trudging, seemingly sophisticated but really just tame and domesticated bilge -- that's what I thought. A sexagenarian standing in front of an orchestra delivering smooth and timid rehashings of his old hits. Yawn.

Sting started to win me over with "Russians" -- the only song with the writing credit "Sting and Sergei Prokofiev". The orchestra didn't follow Prokofiev all that closely, but it was the first time in the show that I sat up and thought they were finally doing something interesting with the orchestra.

From there on, the concert seemed to build from strength to strength. The country tunes "I Hung My Head" and "The Cowboy Song" -- the latter complete with line dancing band members -- were lively and engaging. "Whenever I Say Your Name" starts with a terrific violin solo. I started appreciating the rich and sophisticated orchestrations, the nuanced percussion, and the interplay between orchestra and Sting's normal band members.

"Moon Over Bourbon Street" was a real highlight. It received a quirky orchestral workover in a style somewhere between Kurt Weill and Stravinsky -- with Sting taking, to my knowledge, his first theremin solo on stage. There were several creative and original moments like this that made me smile in appreciation and realize that Sting's still got it. Musically speaking, that is -- not just with his tanned, statuesque physique, which I'm sure we are all happy to grant him.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you not give this masterpiece 5 stars? December 10, 2010
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Sting's voice and performance is outstanding, heartfelt, incredibly beautiful. The creativity of how he managed to remake his songs with the multiple sounds behind him from the Royal Philharmonic is simply a work of art, a must have.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Increible !!! December 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Desde el mismo momento en que pude ver el concierto,... quede impresionado con la capacidad del sonido que sale de esta Orquesta !!!! Impresionante,.. Sting siempre supera todas las espectativas,.. se lso recomiendo,.. seria un regalo insuperable para cualquiera en esta Navidad !!!! Saludos,....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! December 1, 2010
By MoiJill
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I was so jazzed to see that our BELOVED "Sting" has done it again! He's brought back, not only his Police hits, but combined pop, rock and classical in this amazing masterpiece with the Royal Philharmonic! Nowadays, with everything purchasable "a la carte' on iTunes, it was a pleasure to buy and hear a CD/DVD with ALL of the songs we've loved for the past 20-some years, re-mastered in 2010. Thank you Sting! Thank you Royal Philharmonic! What a great Christmas gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!! August 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
One of the best live performance DVds I have ever seen!! sting is amazing and the orchestra was icing on the cake. Jo Lawry is incredible too! the best song on here was their version of Whenever I Call Your Name. Brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular December 30, 2011
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I have been a Sting/Police fan since the earky 80's. Sting is the preeminent performer of our time and this CD/DVD brings to light what a once in a life time musician he really is. From the moment I started the DVD I was hooked. The video and sound quality are great. One of the best live DVD I have seen, I highly recommend this !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting. Live. Nothing more to say.
Don't miss this performance .
Published 2 days ago by john J Straus Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Sting
Great DVD!
Published 18 days ago by afterdeath2
3.0 out of 5 stars Great video, but no poor audio options
The concert is incredible, but you will be disappointed with the audio if you have a surround sound system that doesn't support DTS-5.1. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Dvd's for your concert list !
Great concert, just upgraded my home theater , this dvd shows off my system to the max. One of my top concert Dvd's ever ! Sting at his best !
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting once again shows surprises and delights
Sting continues to give new colours to his older Police material and solo work. Sting with a full orchestra works but then, Sting is a very cool guy who could probably sing Radio... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars STING's strength in presentation
I have enjoyed STING's music since i became aware of it in the 80's. I have always found that he pays particular attention to detail. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold with a twist
Surprisingly Great. The camera shots are superb and the sound quality tops. My wife loves this DVD. Feels like you are there.
Published 3 months ago by Karl Shrader
4.0 out of 5 stars Misled
I only bought this CD/DVD combo because of one song...that happens to be on the DVD when I wanted it on the CD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denise B. Boychuk
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Quality
This used DVD was some kind of expired item from a public library that was resold. The sleeve wasn't in good shape and they used a marker to cross out all the library info. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darren Frame
4.0 out of 5 stars great concert
I love this concert. I wish all songs that are included in the DVD were also included in the CD. That is my only complaint.
Published 5 months ago by Fernando Lopez
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