An excellente priestlie polska
A programme of 18th-century folk music from South Ostrobothnia, performed on the fascinating combination of fiddle and Baroque harpsichord.
In 1809, a tailor, translator and copyist named Samuel Rinta-Nikkola (1763–1818) in Ilmajoki wrote down a collection of tunes that is regarded as one of the most important documents of Finnish folk music. The polska tunes notated by Rinta-Nikkola and performed in this programme are an entrancing merger of archaic dance tunes and echoes from the salons of the nobility.
Piia Kleemola, violin
Tea Polso, harpsichord