DVD review: Sting, Live in Berlin

[image-1]Live In Berlin drops viewers into the best seat at Berlin’s O2 Arena and envelopes the senses with brilliantly edited live footage and full 5.1 surround sound. Directed and produced by the Emmy-award winning team of Jim Gable and Ann Kim, the DVD accurately captures the feel and musical vibe of the tour. Having experienced it from the 16th row, I can honestly say that this DVD is as close to the real thing as could be expected, except for the occasional audience banter in German and special guest appearance by Branford Marsalis.



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Released on November 23 by Deutsche Grammophon/CherryTree Records, Live in Berlin faithfully captures an evening with Sting from his current world tour, Symphonicity. The release includes a full-length concert DVD and a 15-minute interview with Sting, a companion audio CD of the concert, and links to exclusive online content.




DVD Track Listing


A Thousand Years


Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic


Englshman In New York


Roxanne


When We Dance


Russians


I Hung My Head


Why Should I Cry For You?


Whenever I Say Your Name


This Cowboy Song


Tomorrow We’ll See


Moon Over Bourbon Street


The End Of The Game


You Will Be My Ain True Love


All Would Envy


Mad About You


King Of Pain


Every Breath You Take


Desert Rose


She’s Too Good For Me


Fragile


I Was Brought To My Senses


CD Track Listing


If I Ever Lose My Faith In You


Englishman In New York


Fields Of Gold


Why Should I Cry For You?


All Would Envy


Tomorrow We'll See


The End Of The Game


Whenever I Say Your Name


Shape Of My Heart


Moon Over Bourbon Street


Mad About You


King Of Pain


Desert Rose


Fragile


Click here to read my interview with Sting's guitarist Dominic Miller.



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As I mentioned in a previous concert review, just the thought of Police tunes squashed into a symphonic mold nearly made me nauseous. All I could hear in my head were Lawrence Welk-versions of “Roxanne” and “King of Pain,” and it seemed ludicrous that these versions of classic Police songs could ever find a favored place in my music collection. To prepare for the concert, I even listened to as much old Police as I could find in an effort to indelibly etch the memories of those versions into my head. This, I thought, would help me recognize my favorite songs somewhere amidst the violins, cellos, harps and horns. As it turned out, I’d forgotten about the genius of Sting’s musical talent, and all that pre-concert listening was completely unnecessary. (Photo at right by Jeff O'Kelley)

The Symphonicity tour featured some of the best Sting and Police songs as presented with the combined talents of Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (under the direction of Maestro Steven Mercurio). The result was fresh and unique versions of songs like “Every Breath You Take,” “She’s Too Good For Me” and even the trademark Police hit, “Roxanne.”  While the traditional framework of an orchestra can come off as somewhat stale and stuffy, Mercurio had the ensemble rocking out and even pulling off some cool, choreographed dance moves. The esult was a very laid-back concert experience that allowed even the most jaded fans to shed their preconceived notions of what to expect, and actually enjoy the evening.

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