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Surrounded by Angels

Surrounded by Angels: A Christmas Celebration with Ensemble Galilei

2 Disc Set: Audio CD and Blu-Ray Surround DVD

Captivating. Monumentally expressive. Powerful. Passionate performances.

From the opening unison strings of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence to the last note of Silent Night, this CD courses with the extraordinary arrangements of Ensemble Galilei, created by musicians whose musical sensibilities have been shaped by their personal histories. Each renowned in their fields – two winners of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, two winners of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, a four-time winner of the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, one Fulbright Scholar – they bring phenomenal talents to bear. What comes from this wealth of experience and expertise is an astonishing recording.

A set of whimsical Irish slip jigs follows Greensleeves. The uillean pipes, soulful and wild, solo on the familiar Wexford Carol. The violin, viola and viola da gamba transform I Wonder as I Wander. Each track a revelation, Ensemble Galilei has made Surrounded By Angels so rich and so deep that it transcends the genres of Irish or Scottish or Early Music. So much more than the sum of its parts, this is the recording that will stand year after year as the most beloved recording for the Christmas season.

 

  1. Iris Ensemble Galilei from "From Whence We Came" 3:11
  2. Away in the Manger (Flow Gently, Sweet Afton) / Polonessa Spoof Ensemble Galilei from "Surrounded by Angels" 5:05
  3. Monday Morning Reel - O'Neill's March (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) Ensemble Galilei from "A Change of Worlds" 4:55
  4. Suki's Waltz Ensemble Galilei from "From the Edge of the World" 4:29
  5. Ductia/La Ultime Estampie Real/Saltarello Ensemble Galilei from "Alta" 6:42
  6. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - What Child Is This Ensemble Galilei from "A Winter's Night: Christmas in the Great Hall" 4:51
  7. Sgt. Early's Dream / Tune For Kieran Ensemble Galilei from "From the Isles to the Courts" 5:33
  8. Come, Gentle Night Ensemble Galilei from "Come, Gentle Night" 3:37
  9. Sibylla and Agatha Ensemble Galilei from "The Mystic and the Muse" 3:16
  10. The Dark Island - Come by the Hills - My Home Ensemble Galilei from "Following the Moon" 5:18
  11. Hoboekentanz / Schafertanz Ensemble Galilei and Maggie Sansone from "Ancient Noels" 6:01
  12. The Galician Waltz / Breton Dances Ensemble Galilei from "Music in the Great Hall" 5:04
  13. Les Souvenirs Et Les Regrets Ann Mayo Muir and Ensemble Galilei from "Notes From Across the Sea' 2:59
  14. Lament For Terrence McDonough / Dream Of The Wanderer / Castle Kelly Trio Galilei from "Above and Beyond" 10:02
  15. The Wayfaring Stranger Trio Galilei from "Home" 2:16