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Recorded on September 21, 2010 during the tour supporting his album Symphonicities, Live In Berlin takes the orchestrations of that album onto the stage where the arrangements are allowed to breathe. It’s a way of keeping Sting interested in his material and it gives his audience re-imaginings of obvious hits such as “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” and “King of Pain,” the fan favorites like “Englishman In New York” and “Moon Over Bourbon Street,” and fantastic deep album cuts. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and guests, Branford Marsalis and Steven Mercurio, make a comfortable musical bed for Sting to twist up his lyrical visions. He's in fine voice throughout and it’s his distinctive phrasings that lend songs like “The End of the Game,” “All Would Envy” and “Shape of My Heart” a passionate center. Despite the orchestrations, these songs are never overwhelmed. There is still an austere beauty at work where the notes left unplayed are just as important as the notes that are. This is a concise retrospective that should satisfy Sting fans and make them anxious for new material.

Customer Reviews

I saw this in the States

Alright people I saw this when it was in the U.S. and the whole point was to perform songs he wouldn't usually perform because of the fact he was with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. So the "new" songs you hear are actually his older stuff that he usually doesn't perform. Hope this helped broaden you view on this album.

A nice followup

Adding some new songs (well, not new songs, but new arrangements) has made this album more enjoyable considering the recent release of Symphonicities. I was hoping for a live version because the orchestra sounds so much better in this version.


I am not a very big fan of Sting's studio works, but it sounds absolutely different when he performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Orchestral passages and Sting's lyrics fuse together creating an unbeliveably magical whirlwind of music and emotions.


Born: October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at...
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