- CD de audio (8 de marzo de 2011)
- Número de discos: 2
- Formato: Audiolibro, Cofre, CD, CD+DVD, Importación, NTSC
- Sello: Sting - Classical Hits Album
- ASIN: B0042RUMIW
- Disponible también en: CD de audio | Música MP3
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Live In Berlin Audiolibro, Cofre, CD, CD+DVD, Importación, NTSC
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“Live in Berlin”, edición de lujo que incluye CD + DVD es una extensión de la exitosa gira mundial “Symphonicity” y del cd ya editado “Symphonicities”.
Esta edición incluye temas inéditos en el anterior trabajo y nuevos arreglos de los celebrados temas de The Police y Sting en solitario.
Producido por Rob Mathes y Sting, y dirigido Jim Gable, “Live in Berlin” fue grabado el pasado 21 de Septiembre en el 02Arena de la ciudad y cuenta con la colaboración del célebre saxofonista Branford Marsalis en alguno de los temas.
Tal y como lo describió el importante diario alemán Die Welt “Sting prueba con este concierto que es uno de los más grandes músicos vivos”
Lista de canciones:
1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
2. Englishman in New York
3. Fields of Gold
4. Why Should I Cry for You
5. All Would Envy
6. Tomorrow We'll See
7. End of the Game
8. Whenever I Say Your Name
9. Shape of My Heart
10. Moon Over Bourbon Street
11. Mad About You
12. King of Pain
13. Desert Rose
1. A Thousand Years
2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
3. Englishman in New York
5. When We Dance
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. End of the Game
14. You Will Be My Ain True Love
15. All Would Envy
16. Mad About You
17. King of Pain
18. Every Breath You Take
19. Desert Rose
20. She's Too Good for Me
22. I Was Brought to My Senses
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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'. The word genius could have been coined for Marsalis who adds class to everything he touches, but the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra also has their stars. 'All Would Envy' spotlights Chris Cotter's stellar trumpet playing, and Concertmaster Gerald Gregory's violin introduction to 'Whenever I Say Your Name' is so exquisite it sends tingles down your spine.
Sting's core group, consisting of Ira Coleman (bass), David Cossin and Rhani Krija (percussion), the ever present Dominic Miller (guitar) and Jo Lawry (vocals), are outstanding, but it's worth singling out the talent that is Jo Lawry. Two tracks in particular showcase her superbly and both are duets with Sting. On 'Whenever I Say Your Name' she comfortably fills the part originally provided by the powerful Mary J. Blige - and on 'You Will Be My Ain True Love' the combination of her voice with Sting's provides a sublime result.
The 'Symphonicity' tour offers something for everyone. The hits? Check. The obscure? Check. The never before performed live? Check. Personal high spots have to include 'Why Should I Cry For You?' with its' intro borrowed from 'Island Of Souls', 'All Would Envy', 'The End Of The Game' and 'She's Too Good For Me'. But do you know what? Watch 'Roxanne' and be stunned at how Sting manages to reinterpret and refresh one of his oldest and most classic songs with cello and clarinet solos. Simply breathtaking.
Rounding off the DVD is 'A Conversation with Sting', an interview segment where he explains how the idea for the tour developed, his philosophy that songs are not museum pieces and how he constantly tries to reinvent his music. The footage where he is joined by Branford Marsalis is especially enjoyable - their easy friendship and mutual respect is immediately apparent.
All in all, this is an excellent reminder of a highly memorable tour. In our household it will also serve as a reminder not to jump to conclusions and to keep an open mind!
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.
The Middle Eastern-flavored "Desert Rose" was also a major highlight, as was "She's Too Good To Me", a rocker that works out the string section. Unfortunately, Sting left out "Next To You", probably my favorite track from his "Symphonicities" studio album.
For most of the concert Sting is instrument-free. There is the occasional guitar (usually a three-quarter sized strapless affair), harmonicas and incidental instruments, and sometimes he's slapping away at a tambourine on a stand -- but mainly he's just standing there singing. That means he has a lot of room to bring his unique brand of thespianism into his performance. He can be a stilted overactor, but it's still charming and he does it well.
A word about the production. This concert was filmed and recorded on 21 September 2010, and I am writing this review just over two months later. That is pretty impressive turnaround. But as I have experienced before on a few Universal Music DVD/CD combos, there are no subtitles on the DVD. Putting song lyrics in subtitles would not have been expensive, and would have significantly improved the product. A disappointing example of penny pinching.
The DVD run time is 2 hours 4 minutes. The CD comes in at 1 hour 16 minutes, and was presumably also recorded at the Berlin concert, although the liner notes do not give specifics. The CD has three songs that are not on the DVD -- "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You", "Fields of Gold" and "Shape of My Heart".
Despite a few flaws, in the end this is a first-rate concert and highly recommended. If you have the urge to shut it off early on, stick with it a bit. Hopefully you will come around, as I did.