Music: Sting * * *
On paper, it reads like another Sting vanity project: get the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to retool versions of your Police and solo songs.
Yet, Symphonicities emerges as a fascinating project, which takes some of his best known songs -- as well as one or two surprises -- into a whole new realm.
The reworkings are best when the orchestra shows a deft touch -- Roxanne and Englishman in New York, in particular, sound revitalised thanks to clever use of clarinet and cello.
This project does feel over-cooked in places, however, and not least when the full might of the instruments is unleashed.
Definitely one for the serious Sting fan, and his forthcoming O2 show -- with the orchestra in tow -- is likely to be even better.
Burn it: Roxanne; Englishman in New York