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The Galileo Project (CD/DVD set)

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“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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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. 


Vivaldi, Lully, Monteverdi, Merula, Galilei, Marini, Purcell, Rameau, Handel, Telemann, Zelenka, Weiss, Bach


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)


The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres

CD Soundtrack Listing

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins in A Major, op. 3, no. 5
1. Allegro 2:23
2. Largo 1:42

Jean-Baptiste Lully Excerpts from Phaeton
3. Ouverture 2:30

Suite des quatre saisons / Dances for the four seasons:
4. Le Printemps /Spring (Ritournelle Act IV, sc i) 1:06
5. L’Été / Summer (Air pour les Egyptiens) 1:27
6. L’Automne / Fall (Air pour Triton et ses suivants) 1:32
7. L’Hiver / Winter (Air pour les peuples qui portent des présents à Isis) 1:32
8. Entrée des furies / Entrance of the furies 1:10
9. Chaconne 3:47

Claudio Monteverdi 
10. Ciaccona, after Zefiro torna 2:30

Tarquinio Merula 
11. Ciaccona 2:35

Michelangelo Galilei 
12. (Underscoring) Excerpt from Toccata in C Minor for solo lute,  3:48 from Il primo libro d’intavolatura di liuto 

Toccata in C Major for solo lute, from Il primo libro d’intavolatura di liuto (Underscoring): Improvised  

Biagio Marini 
13. Passacaglia, from Op. 22 4:01

C. Monteverdi 
14. Moresca, from Orfeo  2:14

Henry Purcell 
15. Rondeau, from Abdelazer 1:30

Jean-Philippe Rameau 
16. Entrée de Jupiter / Entrance of Jupiter), from Hippolyte et Aricie 0:52

George Frideric Handel 
17. Allegro, from Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 3, no. 6 1:53

J-P. Rameau 
18. Entrée de Venus / Entrance of Venus, from Les surprises de l’Amour  1:03

Georg Philipp Telemann 
19. Allegro, from Concerto for 4 violins in D Major 1:29

Jan Dismas Zelenka 
20. Adagio ma non troppo, from Sonata in F Major, ZWV 181/1 2:44

J-P. Rameau 
21. Entrée de Mercure / Entrance of Mercury, from Platée 1:26

J-B. Lully 
22. Air pour les suivants de Saturne / Air for the followers of Saturn, from Phaeton 1:20

Silvius Leopold Weiss 
23. Allegro, from Concerto for lute in C Major (reconstructed by L. Harris) 4:43 

Johann Sebastian Bach 
24. Sinfonia “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” / How brightly shines the morning star, after BWV 1 3:52

J.S. Bach 
25. Sinfonia, after BWV 29 3:39


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