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Biber: Mystery Sonatas; Rosenkranzsonaten / Lina Tur Bonet, violin; Musica Alchemica

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's Rosary Sonatas (or Mystery Sonatas) c. 1678 are unlike anything else in the violin literature, with scordatura, or unconventional instrument tuning, exhaustively explored in the fifteen-piece cycle, each sonata utilizing a different tuning. Each sonata represents one of the Catholic Rosary Mysteries. As the music reaches its spiritual climax in the "Resurrection" sonata, Biber specifies the violin be played with its two central strings crossed. Accompanying Lina Tur Bonet, an exciting younger generation violinist, is her ensemble Musica Alchemica.

Gramophone Magazine
it is the bold colours and fervent drama of her performances that will make the most immediate impact on listeners there is a grand theatricality in her manner that generates some memorable moments To end, her Passacaglia is both lithe and affecting, the underpinning of its four-note descending bass impeccably timed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kartause Mauerbach, Vienna (Austria) (02/02/2015-02/06/2015).



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>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonatas (16), for violin & basso continuo (or solo violin), C. 90-105
  • Conductor: Lina Bonet
  • Ensemble: Musica Alchemica
  • Notes: Kartause Mauerbach, Vienna (Austria) (02/02/2015-02/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676