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Sting Live In Berlin [CD / DVD Combo] Box set
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"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
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'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'.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Play this over and over - both the CD and the DVD and never get tired of it!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this DVD the sound and film is fantastic and the orchestra amazing!!Published 1 month ago by Kerry Stotten
I am a HUGE Sting fan and have almost all of his CD's. This CD, however, is the absolute best CD of them all.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful concert & interview... A beautiful treatment of classic Sting songs. The orchestra fleshes out the sound for a lush experience. Read morePublished 9 months ago by crazy_flutist