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Strings Attached: The Voice of Kannel
Anna-Liisa Eller
Harmonia Mundi
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August 20, 2021

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.

  1. 1 Rowland (Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home) (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 3:08
  2. 2 Improvised Prelude 1:45
  3. 3 Lachrimae (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 3:54
  4. 4 Improvised Postlude No. 1 2:16
  5. 5 [Unmeasured] Prelude in D Minor (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 7:07
  6. 6 Dame, vostre doulz viaire (Arr. for psaltery) 3:52
  7. 7 Premier livre de pieces pour clavecin: 1. Prelude (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 3:16
  8. 8 Premier livre de pieces pour clavecin: 2. Allemande (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 4:38
  9. 9 Tombeau sur la mort de Mr. Comte de Logy (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 6:31
  10. 10 Silmaja (Beholder) 7:36
  11. 11 Improvised Interlude 1:27
  12. 12 Fiori musicali: Toccata per le levatione, F 12.31 (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 2:34
  13. 13 Improvised Postlude No. 2 0:25
  14. 14 Suite in D Major: 6. L'Entretien des Muses (Arr. for chromatic kannel) 8:34
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