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

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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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"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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. I Was Brought to my Senses (Intro)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 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 (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. Dunn on November 23, 2010
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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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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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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I really would not call myself a huge Sting fan in the past even though I really liked "Ten Summoner's Tales" which I listened to often on cassette. And to me Police was just another British rock group, some okay songs made popular and overplayed on the radio. Looking for live popular rock concerts with orchestral background which I really love, I thought I would give this a try. Man...am I glad I did! This performance in my opinion puts Sting (if he wasn't already) among the very top of iconic musical performers and writers of our time. Backed by superb arrangements and performed by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra along with Branford Marsalis and others were the perfect ingredients for a spectacular live performance. Every song performed had a new flavor to it spiced with bits of jazz, classical, rock, and samba. If you're thinking that you heard these songs all before and are tired of them, forget it. Hearing them is like listening to them for the first time but only better, richer, and classier. I am now an official HUGE Sting fan. After hearing and seeing this live performance, you probably will be too. Enjoy!
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Like most all the other reviewers here, I agree with this being one of the best live DVDs I have ever seen. The song arrangements were all similar to the album versions but with an amazing backing orchestra. It is amazing how Sting's voice has held up so well over 30+ years. Just an amazing show. I could not give this a higher review. Wish I had seen it live. Get it now!
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