Music In Paradise: The Baroque Psaltery

September 12, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Komalé Akakpo (Source:

Call it tympanon, hackbrett, cymbalon, dulcimer, or zither, tonight’s program features Komalé Akakpo in a solo recital of 17th-century works played on the hammered dulcimer. Recorded live in concert during the Music In Paradise Festival, held during the last two weeks of August in Seminary Church, a former Cisterian monastery in the Polish town of Paradyż.


Four works for psaltery (zither) from the ‘Maria Constantina Voglerin Büchlein’
(Concerto 1, Concerto 2, Concerto 3, Concerto 4)

Vicente Adán (fl. 1775-1787)
Divertimento Segundo
([…], Adagio, Allegro)

Silvius L. Weiss (1686-1750)
Suite No. 9 in D
(Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Bourrée, Menuet)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Fantasy in B flat, TWV 40:14
(Largo, Allegro, Grave, Allegro da capo)

Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Suite in D (compilation of pieces WK 191, 192, 200)
(Rondo, Andante, Tempo di Minuetto)

Irish Suite
(Star of County Down, Paddy’s Resource, Planxty Irwin, Drowsy Maggie)

Komalé Akakpo, psaltery, hammered dulcimer

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)