Listen to Sting talk about 'If On A Winter's Night...'
October 09, 2009
Listen to 'Cold Song' from 'If On A Winter's Night...' Music by Henry Purcell, Lyrics by John Dryden, Arranged by Sting
Release 26th October...
IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT...
Weaving through all the songs on Sting's latest album "If On A Winter's Night..." are the themes of winter, ghosts and spirits, religion and the pull of home back to loved and missed ones. The musicians and singers complement the songs impeccably - the Northumbrian pipes of Kathryn Tickell are so evocative of the the northeast and are an instant reminder to older fans of his classic 1991 album "The Soul Cages", an album that drew heavily on his roots.
Standout tracks include "Christmas At Sea", a poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson that is combined with the gaelic song "Thograinn Thograinn" and provides one of the most evocative songs that Sting has recorded. "Soul Cake" is a very catchy song that is guaranteed to etch its way into your subconscious after the first listen and is the most immediate track on the album; "The Snow It Melts The Soonest" is a hauntingly beautiful northumbrian track; "The Burning Babe" contrasts a macabre tale with a jolly tune to great effect, and Sting combines his own lyrics to a piece of Bach on the melancholic "You Only Cross My Mind In Winter".
Sting The Traveler: Channeling Schumann for the Royal Opera House and adding lyrics to Bach for his upcoming album, the global rock star shares with Classical TV his ongoing struggle for authenticity, and why the classics bring a tear to his eye. For over 30 years Sting has been the world's scholarly crooner - the voice of a rock star, the soul of a poet. Before he moved to London to form The Police, Mr. Sumner was an English teacher at a convent school. And upon going solo in the mid '80s, Sting pulled from such varied styles, cultural arts and subject matters - jazz, electronica, Algerian folk; songs about prostitutes, songs about Chaucer - he showed us a rocker with a fondness for the arts. But by 2009, what has the sound of Sting become...?
Classical TV recently interviewed Sting - ''Channeling Schumann for the Royal Opera House and adding lyrics to Bach for his upcoming album, the global rock star shares with Classical TV his ongoing struggle for authenticity, and why the classics bring a tear to his eye...''