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

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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Works Details

>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