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Biber – The Rosary Sonatas

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Catalogue numberBIS-2096 SACD
Release date2015-07-10
Discs2
Orig. sample rate48000Hz
Total time118:35

Biber’s ‘Rosary Sonatas’ for violin and basso continuo stand alone in the violin literature and in music history, offering a unique combination of programmatic material and the use of scordatura (tuning a string instrument differently than the standard tuning). Consisting of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, the cycle was presented by Biber to his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, in a handsome manuscript sometime before 1687. Through the copper engravings inserted at the head of each sonata in the manuscript depicting key moments in the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary, the music has become associated with the Catholic Mysteries of the Rosary. As the manuscript is missing its title page, the collection has become known under a variety of names: the Rosary, Mystery, Biblical or even Copper-Engraving Sonatas. The moods and emotions of this highly expressive music range from Mary's wonderment at the Annunciation to the agony of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, the crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection, celebrated in a fantasy on the hymn Surrexit Christus hodie. Through the use of fifteen different tunings of the violin – one for each of the fifteen sonatas before the return to standard tuning in the closing Passacaglia – Biber achieves a variety of timbres, which combined with his highly imaginative treatment of the violin makes for absorbing listening. Appearing for the first time on BIS, the Greek-American violinist Ariadne Daskalakis has made a number of previous recordings, on baroque as well as modern violin. She is here supported by her fellow members in Ensemble Vintage Köln, a Cologne-based group of musicians specialized in baroque music. As a coupling to Biber's Rosary Sonatas – with a duration of almost 120 minutes – the ensemble has chosen to include the only extant violin sonata by George Muffat, Biber's colleague in the service of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
  Sonata 1. The Annunciation 05:41
01 Præludium 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
02 Aria – Variatio 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
03 Finale 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
 
  Sonata 2. The Visitation 04:47
04 Sonata 01:36 $ 0.38 USD
05 Allamanda 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
06 Presto 00:45 $ 0.18 USD
 
  Sonata 3. The Nativity 06:06
07 Sonata 01:26 $ 0.34 USD
08 Courente – Double 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
09 Adagio 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
 
  Sonata 4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
10 Ciacona 07:01 $ 1.68 USD
 
  Sonata 5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple 07:13
11 Præludium 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
12 Allamanda 01:31 $ 0.36 USD
13 Guigue 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
14 Sarabanda – Double 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
 
  Sonata 6. The Agony in the Garden
15 Lamento 08:32 $ 2.05 USD
 
  Sonata 7. The Scourging at the Pillar 08:27
16 Allamanda – Variatio 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
17 Sarabanda – Variatio 04:55 $ 1.18 USD
 
  Sonata 8. The Crowning with Thorns 05:57
18 Sonata 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
19 Guigue – Double 1 – Double 2 03:41 $ 0.88 USD
 
  Sonata 9. The Carrying of the Cross 06:54
20 Sonata 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
21 Courente – Double 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
22 Finale 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
 
  Sonata 10. The Crucifixion 08:13
23 Præludium 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
24 Aria – Variatio 07:03 $ 1.69 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
  Sonata 11. The Resurrection 07:31
01 Sonata 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
02 Surrexit Christus hodie 03:42 $ 0.89 USD
03 Adagio 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
 
  Sonata 12. The Ascension 06:46
04 Intrada 00:30 $ 0.12 USD
05 Aria Tubicinum 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
06 Allamanda 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
07 Courente – Double 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
 
  Sonata 13. The Descent of the Holy Spirit 07:23
08 Sonata 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
09 Gavott 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
10 Guigue 01:38 $ 0.39 USD
11 Sarabanda 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
 
  Sonata 14. The Assumption of the Virgin 07:52
12 [Sonata] 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
13 Aria – [Variatio] – Guigue 05:34 $ 1.34 USD
 
  Sonata 15. The Coronation of the Virgin 10:16
14 Sonata 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
15 Aria [Variatio] 04:40 $ 1.12 USD
16 Canzon 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
17 Sarabanda – [Double] 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
 
18 Passagalia [Sonata 16] for solo violin 07:41 $ 1.84 USD
 
 
  Composer: Muffat, Georg
19 Sonata in D major for violin and basso continuo 12:33 $ 3.01 USD
 
  Album total 118:35
ComposerBiber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
Muffat, Georg
EnsembleEnsemble Vintage Köln
ViolinDaskalakis, Ariadne

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