Press Release: Ensemble Galilei Presents ‘Surrounded by Angels’

September 26, 2013

Date: 09/24/2013
Contact: Caleb Nei, Media Relations, Sono Luminus, 540-837-5071,

Early music group, Ensemble Galilei releases a Christmas-themed album with a Celtic flair on the audiophile record label, Sono Luminus.

Ensemble Galilei presents ‘Surrounded by Angels’ a collection of holiday favorites performed on early instruments. If any early music could be called “feel-good,’ this can!

Boyce, VA – 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.

This album contains works by: Anders Norudde, Sue Richards, Michael Praetorius, Melchior Vulpius, Mark Kelly, Jackie Moran, Carolyn Surrick, James Proctor Harding, Willie Coleman, and Franz Gruber.

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