[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 30 August 2021
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Strings attached - Works by Machaut, Byrd, Dowland, Frescobaldi, Couperin, Rameau, Weiss, Tulve.
Related to the harp but positioned horizontally by the player, the kannel possesses an uncommon timbre, at times reminiscent of the harpsichord. Anna-Liisa Eller offers us a chance to discover this treasured symbol of Estonia's musical heritage courtesy of her own transcriptions of well-loved pieces by Couperin, Byrd, Dowland, and Rameau… A magical journey across centuries and musical styles, rounded off by original improvisations and a contemporary work by the young Estonian composer Helena Tulve, in which the instrument's myriad colours can shine through in all their rare variety.
"Conceived as 'an audio voyage', this programme makes associations between diverse repertoire through timbre, texture, colour and 'affect'...In the hands of a gifted virtuoso like Eller, one understands why some have described the kannel's sonority as the 'sound from heaven." BBC Music Instrumental Choice November 21