Symphonicities

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Symphonicities
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Studio album by Sting
Released 13 July 2010
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Rock, classical
Length 55:39
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Producer Sting, Rob Mathes[1]
Sting chronology
If on a Winter's Night...
(2009)If on a Winter's Night...2009
Symphonicities
(2010)
Live in Berlin
(2010)Live in Berlin2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (62/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe (positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly D[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
NOW 3/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]

Symphonicities is the tenth studio album by English musician Sting. It was released on 13 July 2010 on Deutsche Grammophon.

Background[edit]

The album is a companion piece to the tour of the same name in which Sting, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, reinterprets some of his songs as classical symphonic compositions. Symphonicities was recorded at Abbey Road Studios,[10] and produced by Rob Mathes and Sting. Elliot Scheiner and Claudius Mittendorfer mixed the record,[1] and it was mastered by Scott Hull.[11] As of November 2010, the album had sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Sting.

  1. "Next to You" – 2:30
  2. "Englishman in New York" – 4:23
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:56
  4. "I Hung My Head" – 5:31
  5. "You Will Be My Ain True Love" – 3:44
  6. "Roxanne" – 3:37
  7. "When We Dance" – 5:26
  8. "The End of the Game" – 6:07
  9. "I Burn for You" – 4:03
  10. "We Work the Black Seam" – 7:19
  11. "She's Too Good for Me" – 3:03
  12. "The Pirate's Bride" – 5:02

Bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Sting – vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks 9 and 11), rabble rousers (track 11)

Orchestras, conductors, and arrangers

  • The New York Chamber Consort – orchestra (tracks 1, 2, 9, 11 and 12)
  • The London Players – orchestra (tracks 3 and 6)
  • The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra – orchestra (tracks 4, 5, 7 and 8)
  • Lisa Kim – concertmaster (tracks 1, 2, 9 and 12)
  • Jackie Shave – concertmaster (tracks 3 and 6)
  • Gerald Gregory – concertmaster (tracks 4, 7 and 8)
  • Rob Mathes – arrangements (all tracks except 4, 5 and 7), conducting (tracks 1–3, 6, 9, 10 and 12)
  • Steven Mercurio – arrangements (tracks 5 and 7), conducting (tracks 4, 7 and 8)
  • David Hartley – arrangements (track 4)

Musicians

  • Jo Lawry – backing vocals (all tracks except 10), duet vocals (tracks 5 and 11)
  • David Finck – double bass (tracks 1–3 and 6)
  • Ira Coleman – double bass (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11)
  • Dominic Miller – acoustic guitar (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8 and 12), electric guitar (track 11)
  • Rob Mathes – piano (tracks 1–3, 6 and 12), acoustic guitar (tracks 3, 6 and 11), rabble rousers (track 11)
  • David Cossin – percussion (tracks 1–8), solo percussion (track 9)
  • Joe Bonadio – percussion (tracks 1, 2, 9–12 and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Bronx Street Fair Mix))
  • Ben Wittman – loop programming (track 9)
  • Aaron Heick – clarinet solo (track 2)
  • Anthony Pleeth – solo cello (track 6)
  • Shelley Woodworth – solo oboe (track 12)
  • Barbara Allen – harp (track 12)
  • Jeff Kievit – lead trumpet (track 10)
  • Jim Hynes – trumpet (track 10)
  • James Delagarza – trumpet (track 10)
  • Dylan Schwab – trumpet (track 10)
  • Larry DiBello – horn (track 10)
  • Chad Yarborough – horn (track 10)
  • David Peel – horn (track 10)
  • Theo Primus – horn (track 10)
  • Birch Johnson – trombone (track 10)
  • Dick Clark – trombone (track 10)
  • Jeff Nelson – bass trombone (track 10)
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba (track 10)
  • Chris Botti – rabble rousers (track 11)
  • Ed Cherner – rabble rousers (track 11)
  • Tracy Bufferd – rabble rousers (track 11)
  • Kathryn Schenker – rabble rousers (track 11)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 9
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[16] 2
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 22
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 7
Greek Albums (IFPI)[21] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[22] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 40
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 4
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[25] 83
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[26] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[27] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 30
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[29] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 30
US Billboard 200[33] 6
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[34] 24
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Hungary (MAHASZ)[36] Platinum 6,000^
Italy (FIMI)[37] Gold 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[38] 3× Platinum 60,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Sting album 'Symphonicities'". Decca Records. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Symphonicities Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Symphonicities at AllMusic
  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (12 July 2010). "Sting, 'Symphonicities'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Collis, Clark (30 July 2010). "Symphonicities Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (12 July 2010). "Album review: Sting's 'Symphonicities'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Keller, Jason (22–29 July 2010). "Sting: Symphonicities". NOW. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Garratt, John (15 July 2010). "Sting: Symphonicities". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Kemp, Mark (2 August 2010). "Symphonicities". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Sting interview for Symphonicities, 8 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Symphonicities > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
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  22. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2010. 37. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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  26. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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  28. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  29. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Sting – Symphonicities". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  30. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sting – Symphonicities". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sting – Symphonicities". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  32. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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  34. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Sting – Symphonicities". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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  36. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2010" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. 
  37. ^ "Italian album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Sezione. Enter Sting in the field Filtra. Select 2010 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  38. ^ "Polish album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 

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