Here's some incredible Bach played on Nordic instruments

12 February 2018, 12:35

Who knew Bach’s cello suites also worked on nyckelharpa and hardanger fiddle?

Violinist Max Baillie has teamed up with Olav Luksengård Mjelva and Erik Rydvall to give Bach a completely different sound.

Olav plays the hardanger fiddlehardingfele in Norwegian – an instrument that comes from Norway. It looks a bit like a violin and has four strings, but those strings can be tuned to different notes depending on the music being played.

Erik, on the other hand, plays a nyckelharpa which is an instrument from Sweden. Its name literally translates as keyed harp. It looks like a violin but is actually pretty closely related to the hurdy-gurdy.

Over the last few days Erik and Max have shared videos on Facebook giving a sneak peek into their sessions.

Just listen to this

And Max dropped a hint there’s a record on the way. Watch this space…