For decades now, people have been carefully trying to reconstruct Baroque music on the instruments for which it was originally composed. Not everything was written down, however. This prompted violist Markku Luolajan-Mikkola to set off in a new direction. This concert asks: What if the Baltic-Finnish kantele had somehow found its way to France and Marin Marais? What if exotic guests from the Far East and Africa, and why not Finland – that peripheral territory of a land, Sweden, politically allied with France against Germany – were invited to the court of Louis XIV? The modern, chromatic kantele is a versatile instrument with a touch well suited to music for viol. At this concert, it features not only as a soloist but also as a continuo instrument, and in the arrangement for two viols and kantele of the Bach lute suite BWV 997.
Marin Marais (1656–1728): Suite in G minor (Pièces de viole 4e Livre, Paris 1725)
William Byrd (1540–1623): Rowland – Fitzwilliam Virginal Book II (1610–1625)
Johann Hieronymus (Giovanni Girolamo) Kapsberger (1580–1651): Toccata arpeggiata – Libro Primo d'intavolatura di chitarrone (Venice 1604)
John Dowland (1563–1626): Lachrimae – The Euing Lute Book (u 1620–1630)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Suite in A minor (org. Suite in C minor for lute BWV 997)