Art Of Finnish Kantele

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Label: ARC
Catalog: EUCD2573
Format: CD

Pokela; Sariola; Kontio

Composed by: Martti Pokeka; Matti Kontio; Eeva-Leena Sariola; Hannu Kella

Martti Pokela, Eeva-Leena Sariola and Matti Kontio are among the foremost players of the Finnish kantele, a folk instrument of the psaltery type.Almost nothing is known about early Kantele repertory, beyond a probable narrow melodic range.In more modern times the kantele has become a box-shaped instrument of 12 to 46 strings fastened to wood or iron wrest pins, tuned diatonically and encompassing 3-4 octaves.“The Art of the Finnish Kantele” presents 17 kantele pieces, both traditional melodies and new compositions.Played on 5, 9-and 36-string kanteles and the jouhikko (bowed lyre).

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