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Biber: Mystery Sonatas

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>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 1 in D minor ("The Annunciation"), C. 90
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 2 in A major ("The Visitation"), C. 91
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 3 in B minor ("The Nativity"), C. 92
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor ("The Presentation"), C. 93
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 5 in A major ("Jesus in the Temple"), C. 94
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 6 in C minor ("The Agony in the Garden"), C. 95
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 7 in F major ("The Scourging"), C. 96
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 8 in B flat major ("The Crowning with Thorns"), C. 97
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 9 in A minor ("The Carrying of the Cross"), C. 98
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 10 in G minor ("The Crucifixion"), C. 99
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 11 in G major ("The Resurrection"), C. 100
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 12 in C major ("The Ascension"), C. 101
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 13 in D minor ("The Descent"), C. 102
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 14 in D major ("The Assumption"), C. 103
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 15 in C major ("The Coronation"), C. 104
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor

Album Summary

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 1 in D minor ("The Annunciation"), C. 90
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 2 in A major ("The Visitation"), C. 91
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 3 in B minor ("The Nativity"), C. 92
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor ("The Presentation"), C. 93
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 5 in A major ("Jesus in the Temple"), C. 94
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 6 in C minor ("The Agony in the Garden"), C. 95
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 7 in F major ("The Scourging"), C. 96
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 8 in B flat major ("The Crowning with Thorns"), C. 97
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 9 in A minor ("The Carrying of the Cross"), C. 98
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 10 in G minor ("The Crucifixion"), C. 99
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 11 in G major ("The Resurrection"), C. 100
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 12 in C major ("The Ascension"), C. 101
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 13 in D minor ("The Descent"), C. 102
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 14 in D major ("The Assumption"), C. 103
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 15 in C major ("The Coronation"), C. 104
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Passion, excitement, sorrow, and celebration all fill the room with this new exciting release of Biber: Mystery Sonatas by Julia Wedman. Though the Mystery Sonatas (also called the Rosary Sonatas) weren't discovered until the late 19th century, these master works of violin virtuosity that employs extensive scordutura (multiple tunings) for the performer have become a favorite of Baroque Music lovers and violinists the world over. After 2 years of research leading up to the recording, Ms. Wedman has brought a new life and impassioned vision to these works. Julia is a member of the innovative young baroque ensemble I Furiosi (www.ifuriosi.com).

Art-to-Art Palette Journal - Laurence Vittes
"Biber's Mystery Sonatas" is one of the answers you need to have ready when visiting the classical music speakeasies that are spring up everywhere, from Torrance to Zakopane. Here, a blonde bombshell named Julia Wedman digs into every note, every phrase, as is she were a young nun stricken suddenly with remorse for all the things she had done in her life before entering the convent. The repetitively rapturous moods Biber unleashes, responding to the 15 "mysteries" of the Catholic rosary, has come to define an iconic point in classical music time. The recording can take volume if you want to show off a new set of speakers, but it also works with the volume set just above. Saskatooner Wedman and her spectacular team (they know about 17th century German ecstasy in Saskatoon) take indecent advantage of the deliberate mistunings (like Cage's prepared pianos) Biber asks Julia to engage in.

Gramophone - Julie Anne Sadie
A true inspiration - a heartfelt pilgrimage through Biber's Rosary Sonatas
Even before the 2004 tercentenary of Heinrich Biber's death, his Mystery Sonatas were enjoying a revival that has continued to inspire new recordings. John Holloway received Gramophone's 1991 Baroque Instrumental Award for his. Those who followed include Reinhard Goebel, Marianne Ronez, Monica Huggett, Alice Pierot, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Andrew Manze, Riccardo Minasi and Elizabeth Wallfisch. Some recordings involve varied continuo forces, others are more austere; the actor Timothy West reads exhortations from a Jesuit Rosary psalter on Beznosiuk's CD.

The meditative nature of these sonatas, associated with Rosary prayer, will be evident to anyone listening to them familiar with their genesis. Biber's imaginative use of scordatura (nonconventional tunings) in all but the first of the 15 sonatas provides enormous unseen challenges for violinists. These qualities attract particularly adventurous musicians, among whom the American Julia Wedman must surely be counted. Technically assured, she is musically equal to the remarkable demands of the music. She uses a wide array of continuo instrumentalists but never all at once and always to achieve subtle effects.

Rather exceptionally, one suspects, Wedman has approached Biber's music as a true pilgrim, interpreting key moments in the life of Christ thoughtfully, vividly and with evident personal humility and warmth. Her performances exude humanity and have about them a radiance that somehow transcends the sound of her lovely 1694 instrument. Among the highlights are the darkness of the B minor Sonata No 3, "The Nativity", the anguished Lamento of No 6, "The Agony in the Garden", the sound of dawn in No 11, "The Resurrection", and the frenzied opening movement and Gigue of No 13, "Pentecost". In the sublime concluding solo Passacaglia, "The Guardian Angel", she conveys wonderment and serenity. Both Biber's music and Wedman's performances are inspirational.

American Record Guide - Charles E Brewer
Julia Wedman's interpretation is one that deserves great respect and offers well-considered, different perspectives on these works.

Violinist.com
The music sparkles, and the liner notes are both visually appealing and extremely informative, with comprehensive historic description as well as Julia's musical impressions of each of the 16 sonatas. What fun, for a lover of Baroque music!

Gramophone
The Christmas gift I'd select from the CDs I've listened to this year ...

Gramophone
The meditative nature of these sonatas, associated with Rosary prayer, will be evident to anyone listening to them familiar with their genesis. Biber's imaginative use of scordatura (nonconventional tunings) in all but the first of the 15 sonatas provides enormous unseen challenges for violinists. These qualities attract particularly adventurous musicians, among whom the American Julia Wedman must surely be counted. Technically assured, she is musically equal to the remarkable demands of the music. She uses a wide array of continuo instrumentalists but never all at once and always to achieve subtle effects.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-).



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Works Details

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 1 in D minor ("The Annunciation"), C. 90
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Felix Deak (Cello); Julia Wedman (Violin); Lucas Harris (Theorbo)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 2 in A major ("The Visitation"), C. 91
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 3 in B minor ("The Nativity"), C. 92
  • Performers: Felix Deak (Cello); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor ("The Presentation"), C. 93
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 5 in A major ("Jesus in the Temple"), C. 94
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord); Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 6 in C minor ("The Agony in the Garden"), C. 95
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 7 in F major ("The Scourging"), C. 96
  • Performers: Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Archlute); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 8 in B flat major ("The Crowning with Thorns"), C. 97
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 9 in A minor ("The Carrying of the Cross"), C. 98
  • Performers: Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 10 in G minor ("The Crucifixion"), C. 99
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord); Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 11 in G major ("The Resurrection"), C. 100
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 12 in C major ("The Ascension"), C. 101
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Felix Deak (Cello); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 13 in D minor ("The Descent"), C. 102
  • Performers: Felix Deak (Cello); Julia Scott (Harp); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 14 in D major ("The Assumption"), C. 103
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord); Felix Deak (Cello); Lucas Harris (Theorbo); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 15 in C major ("The Coronation"), C. 104
  • Performers: Charlotte Nediger (Organ); Lucas Harris (Archlute); Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
  • Performer: Julia Wedman (Violin)
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Canada (2010-04-26_2010-04-29&2010-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1676