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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Mystery Sonatas / Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch. Battalia

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  1. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 1, "The Annunciation": I. Praeludium $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 1, "The Annunciation": II. Aria allegro - Variations - III. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 2, "The Visitation": I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 2, "The Visitation": II. Allaman - III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 3, "The Nativity": I. Sonata $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 3, "The Nativity": II. Courante - Double $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 3, "The Nativity": III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 4, "The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 5, "The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple": I. Praeludium $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 5, "The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple": II. Allaman $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 5, "The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple": III. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 5, "The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple": IV. Saraban $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 6, "Christ on the Mount of Olives": I. Lamento $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 6, "Christ on the Mount of Olives": II. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 6, "Christ on the Mount of Olives": III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 7, "The Scourging at the Pillar": I. Allamanda $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 7, "The Scourging at the Pillar": II. Sarab. Variation $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 8, "The Crown of Thorns": I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 8, "The Crown of Thorns": II. Gigue and Double Presto, Double $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross": I. Sonata $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross": II. Courante - Double $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross": III. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 10, "The Crucifixion": I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 10, "The Crucifixion": II. Aria - Variations $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 11, "The Resurrection": I. Sonata $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 11, "The Resurrection": II. Surrexit Christus Hodie $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 11, "The Resurrection": III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 12, "The Ascension": I. Intrada $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 12, "The Ascension": II. Aria Tubicinum $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 12, "The Ascension": III. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 12, "The Ascension": IV. Courante - Double $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 13, "Pentecost": I. Sonata $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 13, "Pentecost": II. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 13, "Pentecost": III. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 13, "Pentecost": IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 14, "The Assumption of the Virgin": I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 14, "The Assumption of the Virgin": II. Aria - Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 15, "The Beatification of the Virgin": I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 15, "The Beatification of the Virgin": II. Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 15, "The Beatification of the Virgin": III. Canzon $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 15, "The Beatification of the Virgin": IV. Sarabanda $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Biber — Mystery (Rosary) Passacaglia in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonatas (16), for violin & basso continuo (or solo violin), C. 90-105
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is Number 25 in my running list of recordings of Biber's Mystery (or Rosary) sonatas for solo violin and continuo for anyone keeping track. Overall, the three members of her continuo band are supportive.

MusicWeb International
There's not one recording that is less than exciting, and often profound but Kaakinen-Pilch's splendidly realised contribution can be placed very high in the discography of the work.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's (1644-1704) virtuosic 16 Mystery Sonatas, also known as the Rosary Sonatas, are the composer's best known works. Played by violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pichl and the Finnish Baroque ensemble Ms. Kaakinen-Pichl is in great demand as a leader of countless renowned early music ensembles and orchestras, and has also worked for ten years as leader of Philippe Herreweghe's Collegium Vocale

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
[Kaakinen-Pilch] manages a wondrous balance of the folk music with which Biber would have been most familiar with the graceful, intellectual pieces they more readily are. This combination pays all the necessary dues to a unique set of pieces that is full of symbolism, musical extremism and the meditation on a mystery as complex as the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2014
A powerful account of Biber's masterpiece, bringing nobility, exuberance, severity and a strong contemplative dimension as and when the music requires. There is also a lively depictive element which she realises with vivid but restrained gestures...Here are performances which capture south German Baroque flamboyance onthe one hand and a deeply reflective spirit on the other.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Karjaa Church, Finland (08/2013).



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>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonatas (16), for violin & basso continuo (or solo violin), C. 90-105
  • Performer: Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Battalia Continuo Group
  • Notes: Composition written: 1676.
  • Running Time: 86 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676