Symphonicities

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Symphonicities
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Studio album by
Released13 July 2010 (2010-07-13)
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London
GenreRock, classical
Length55:39
LabelDeutsche Grammophon
ProducerSting, Rob Mathes[1]
Sting chronology
If on a Winter's Night...
(2009)
Symphonicities
(2010)
Live in Berlin
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(62/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe(positive)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyD[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
NOW3/5 stars[7]
PopMatters5/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]

Symphonicities is the tenth studio album by English musician Sting. This is his first studio album featuring new renditions of some of his classic songs (the second one to date being My Songs). 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 one million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Sting.

  1. "Next to You" – 2:30 (originally from Outlandos d'Amour, 1978)
  2. "Englishman in New York" – 4:23 (originally from ...Nothing Like the Sun, 1987)
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:56 (originally from Ghost in the Machine, 1981)
  4. "I Hung My Head" – 5:31 (originally from Mercury Falling, 1996)
  5. "You Will Be My Ain True Love" – 3:44 (originally from the Cold Mountain soundtrack, 2003)
  6. "Roxanne" – 3:37 (originally from Outlandos d'Amour, 1978)
  7. "When We Dance" – 5:26 (originally from Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994, 1994)
  8. "The End of the Game" – 6:07 (originally a b-side to the song "Brand New Day" from Brand New Day, 1999)
  9. "I Burn for You" – 4:03 (originally from the Brimstone & Treacle soundtrack, 1982)
  10. "We Work the Black Seam" – 7:19 (originally from The Dream of the Blue Turtles, 1985)
  11. "She's Too Good for Me" – 3:03 (originally from Ten Summoner's Tales, 1993)
  12. "The Pirate's Bride" – 5:02 (originally a b-side to the song "I Was Brought to My Senses" from Mercury Falling, 1996)

Bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Sting – vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks 9 and 11), harmonica (track 4), rabble rousers (track 11)
  • 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)
  • Jo Lawry – backing vocals (all tracks except 10), duet vocals (tracks 5 and 12)
  • 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 1–9)
  • Joe Bonadio – percussion (tracks 1, 2, 9–12 and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Bronx Street Fair Mix))
  • Ben Wittman – programming (track 9)
  • Aaron Heick – clarinet solo (track 2)
  • Anthony Pleeth – cello (track 6)
  • Shelley Woodworth – oboe (track 12)
  • Barbara Allen – harp (track 12)
  • Jeff Kievit – 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 (Album Top 100)[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. Archived from the original on 27 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.
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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.
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  37. ^ "Italian album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "2010" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Symphonicities" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  38. ^ "Polish album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.

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