Symphonicities

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given Sting's far-reaching ambition and interests, it was merely a matter of time before he recorded an orchestral album, but 2010's Symphonicities surprises by offering symphonic arrangements of his older songs instead of a new work. This is a canny move, for the common complaint lodged against rock-classical crossovers is against the quality of the material -- think Paul McCartney or Billy Joel -- a criticism that can't be leveled here, as this is a selection of some of Sting's best songs. By relying on his catalog, Sting has wound up with an album that is pop, not classical, in structure, but the sound of Symphonicities is surely symphonic, with "Next to You"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given Sting's far-reaching ambition and interests, it was merely a matter of time before he recorded an orchestral album, but 2010's Symphonicities surprises by offering symphonic arrangements of his older songs instead of a new work. This is a canny move, for the common complaint lodged against rock-classical crossovers is against the quality of the material -- think Paul McCartney or Billy Joel -- a criticism that can't be leveled here, as this is a selection of some of Sting's best songs. By relying on his catalog, Sting has wound up with an album that is pop, not classical, in structure, but the sound of Symphonicities is surely symphonic, with "Next to You" driven by sawing strings instead of buzzing guitars. Occasionally, this changes the impact of a song, but rarely does it alter its intent; indeed, there's a handful of tunes, like "Englishman in New York" and "When We Dance," that feel unaltered in this larger setting. Naturally, it's the Police songs that are changed most -- "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" bears a sprightly yet dreamy arrangement, "Roxanne" trades its reggae rhythm for a languid, seductive lilt -- and it's also on these familiar songs where Sting's engagement is palpable. He may not be radically reinventing these songs, but he's certainly reinvigorated by this lush setting, and this energy prevents Symphonicities from falling into pretentious traps; it's lively and fun, and it's Sting's most satisfying record in a long time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 602527425375
  • Catalog Number: 001446402
  • Sales rank: 53,606

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
David Peel Horn
Joe Bonadio Percussion
Ira Coleman Bass
David Finck Acoustic Bass
Gerald Gregory Concert Master
Aaron Heick Clarinet
Birch Johnson Trombone
Rob Mathes Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conductor
Dominic Miller Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Shelley Woodworth Oboe
Jim Hynes Trumpet
Jackie Shave Concert Master
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Steven Mercurio Conductor
Larry Di Bello Horn
Lisa Kim Concert Master
David Cossin Percussion
Dick Clark Trombone
James De La Garza Trumpet
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
London Classical Players Ensemble
Jo Lawry Background Vocals
Jeff Nelson Bass Trombone
Barbara Allen Harp
Theo Primus Horn
New York Chamber Consort Ensemble
Dylan Schwab Trumpet
Chad Yarborough Horn
Technical Credits
Sting Composer, Producer
Rob Mathes Arranger, Producer
Tim Mitchell Pro-Tools, Recording Assistant
Danny Quatrochi Guitar Techician
Elliot Scheiner Engineering
Ben Wittman Loop Programming
Donal Hodgson Digital Operations
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Scott Hull Mastering
David Hartley Arranger
Steven Mercurio Arranger
Lewis Jones Recording Assistant
Jonathan Allen Engineering
Alex Venguer overdub engineer, Engineering, Pro-Tools
Kathryn Schenker Management
Tracy Bufferd Publicity
Lucy Maxwell-Stewart Publicity
Stefan Smith Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    So much left out

    This was an amazing concert.

    King of Pain never sounded better, yet not on this.

    Many other songs, left out. Why?

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