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The Galileo Project (CD + DVD)

Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell and more

Directed by Jeanne Lamon | Programmed and Scripted by Alison Mackay

Explore the fusion of arts, science and culture.

“The musical performance, through it all, was of the highest order … bursts of virtuosity were too widespread and numerous to list.” - The New York Times (on the live concert of The Galileo Project)
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PreviewTrack Title
1. Vivaldi: Concerto in A Major, op. 3, no.5: I. Allegro
2. Vivaldi: Concerto in A Major, op. 3, no. 5: II. Largo
3. Lully: Ouverture, from Phaeton
4. Lully: Le Printemps/Spring (Ritournelle Avt IV, sc i), from Phaeton
5. Lully: L'Ete/Summer (Air pour les Egyptiens), from Phaeton
6. Lully: L'Automne/Fall (Air pour Triton et ses suivants), from Phaeton
7. Lully: L'Hiver/Winter (Air pour les peuples qui portent des présents à Isis), from Phaeton
8. Lully: Entrée des furies/Entrance of the furies, from Phaeton
9. Lully: Chaconne, from Phaeton
10. Monteverdi: Ciaccona, after Zefiro torna
11. Merula: Ciaccona
12. Galilei: Toccata in C Minor for solo lute, from Il primo libro d'intavolatura di liuto
13. Marini: Passacaglia, from Op. 22
14. Monteverdi: Moresca, from Orfeo
15. Purcell: Rondeau, from Abdelzar
16. Rameau: Entrée de Jupiter/Entrance of Jupiter, from Hippolyte et Aricie
17. Handel: Allegro, from Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 3, no. 6
18. Rameau: Entrée de Venus/Entrance of Venus, from Les surprises de l'Amour
19. Telemann: Allegro, from Concerto for 4 Violins in D Major
20. Zelenka: Adagio ma non troppo, from Sonata in F Major, ZWV 181/I
21. Rameau: Entrée de Mercure/Entrance of Mercury, from Platée
22. Lully: Air pour les suivants de Saturne/Air for the Followers of Saturn, from Phaeton
23. Weiss: Allegro, from Concerto for lute in C Major (reconstructed by L. Harris)
24. Sinfonia “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” / How brightly shines the morning star, after BWV 1
25. J.S. Bach: Sinfonia, after BWV 29

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Jeanne Lamon, Music Director
Programmed and Scripted by: Alison Mackay
Stage Director: Marshall Pynkoski
Production Designer: Glenn Davidson
Narrated by : Shaun Smyth
Violin I: Jeanne Lamon, Patricia Ahern, Geneviève Gilardeau, Aisslinn Nosky
Violin II: Julia Wedman, Thomas Georgi, Christopher Verrette, Cristina Zacharias
Viola: Patrick G. Jordan, Elly Winer
Violoncello: Christina Mahler, Allen Whear
Double Bass: Alison Mackay
Oboe: John Abberger, Marco Cera
Bassoon: Dominic Teresi
Lute / Guitar: Lucas Harris
Harpsichord: Charlotte Nediger (CD tracks 3, 5-8, 10-11, 16-16, 20-22, 24-25), Olivier Fortin (CD tracks 1, 9, 17)

Explore the fusion of the arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries in this imaginative DVD and CD commemorating Galileo's first public demonstration of the telescope. The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel to a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope, NASA and Canadian astronomers. Actor Shaun Smyth narrates a compelling script and the musicians, playing by memory, weave in and around a magical stage set. The Galileo Project was created, programmed and scripted by Alison Mackay, and filmed by the international award-winning 90th Parallel Productions.   BONUS FEATURES:  The DVD includes two bonus tracks of original animated films of Tafelmusik by director David New, and the package also includes a music-only CD soundtrack of the gorgeous baroque music featured in the film.

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