Sting: Live In Berlin-Symphonicity World Tour O2 Arena London 2010 (Blu-ray) 2010 96kHz/24bit DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 96kHz/24bit
Culled from Sting's critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this exclusive live Blu-ray compilation features many of his greatest hits, including "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King Of Pain," "Fields Of Gold," and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity!
This is reference quality audio in terms of live music performances.
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix (96 kHz/24 bit) ***** Highly Recommended
BLU-RAY TRACK LISTING INCLUDES: 1. A Thousand Years 2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 3. Englishman In New York 4. Roxanne 5. When We Dance 6. Russians 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. The 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 21. Fragile 22. I Was Brought To My Senses (Intro) 23. A Conversation With Sting.
Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin was directed and produced by the Emmy-award winning team, Jim Gable and Ann Kim of Graying & Balding, Inc., in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions and Executive Produced by Chris Roberts and Sting's long-time manager, Kathryn Schenker, with music produced by Rob Mathes and Sting and mixed in stereo and 5.1 by Elliot Scheiner and Thom Cadley.
Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London's Royal Albert Hall, among others:
"The real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see." - Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"If you have the chance to hear Sting's greatest hits performed with a symphony orchestra, it is one that you don't want to miss." - Diena (Tallinn)
"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)
"This is one of the must-see concerts of the year." - The New York Post
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the late Luciano Pavarotti to such popular cultural icons as Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner, and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra are featured throughout the Symphonicity world tour.
Sting is also joined by a group of accomplished musicians comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting's longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting's longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).
Sting Live in Berlin looks really sharp a lot of the time thanks to an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1.16x9 Widescreen really completely discernable. This is a really nice looking transfer, with abundant sharpness, excellent fine detail, and nicely saturated color. When there's more natural stage lighting, Sting's face is revealed in all its (gasp) aging detail, and the midrange shots of the band and orchestra also show everything from flyaway hair to dust mites in the stage lighting
Like a lot of audiophiles, and music lovers in particular, I'm prone to turning up Blu-rays, but I have to admit Sting Live in Berlin is one of the first concert BDs I've actually turned down, after its extremely robust lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix (96 kHz/24 bit) sent a pile of discs I had stacked on my subwoofer flying across the room. This is big music with an often overpowering low end, but it's all mixed so expertly that you won't be complaining. This track percolates along often streaming at close to 10 Mbps, one of the heftier rates I've witnessed. With brilliant fidelity and superb support throughout all frequency ranges, this is reference quality audio in terms of live music performance. When he sings, everything is golden, with the band and orchestra expertly placed throughout the soundfield, and, aside from the unfortunate sing along episodes, audience sound relatively restrained. An LPCM 2.0 (also 96 kHz/24 bit) stereo fold down is available for those without a surround system.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Music: LPCM 2.0
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Music: LPCM 2.0 (less)
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)