Biber: The Rosary Sonatas

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Biber: The Rosary Sonatas

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BIS

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BIS2096

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2

Release date:

28th Aug 2015

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7318599920962

Length:

2 hours 12 minutes

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Biber: The Rosary Sonatas


Biber:

The Rosary Sonatas

Muffat, Georg:

Sonata No. 1 in D Major

Passacaglia


Ariadne Daskalakis (baroque violin)

Ensemble Vintage Köln

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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. The cycle consists of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, composed c.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. 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 that, when 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.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 1 in D Minor "The Annunciation"

I. Praeludium

II. Aria allegro - Variations

III. Finale

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 2 in A Major "The Visitation"

I.

II. Allaman

III. Presto

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 3 in B Minor "The Nativity"

I. Sonata

II. Courante - Double

III. Adagio

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mystery Sonata No. 4 in D Minor "The Presentation in the Temple"

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 4, "The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple"

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 5 in A Major "The Finding of Jesus in the Temple"

I. Praeludium

II. Allaman

III. Gigue

IV. Sarabande - Double

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mystery Sonata No. 6 in C Minor "The Agony in the Garden"

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 6, "Christ on the Mount of Olives"

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 7 in F Major "The Scourging at the Pillar"

I. Allamanda - Variatio

II. Sarabanda - Variatio

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 8 in B-Flat Major "The Crowning with Thorns"

I.

II. Gigue and Double Presto, Double

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 9 in A Minor "The Carrying of the Cross"

I. Sonata

II. Courante - Double

III. Finale

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 10 in G Minor "The Crucifixion"

I. Prelude

II. Aria - Variations

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 11 in G Major "The Resurrection"

I. Sonata

II. Surrexit Christus Hodie

III. Adagio

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 12 in C Major "The Ascension"

I. Intrada

II. Aria Tubicinum

III. Allemande

IV. Courante - Double

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 13 in D Minor "The Descent of the Holy Ghost"

I. Sonata

II. Gavotte

III. Gigue

IV. Sarabande

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 14 in D Major "The Assumption of the Virgin"

I.

II. Aria - Gigue

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 15 in C Major "The Coronation of the Virgin"

I.

II. Aria

III. Canzon

IV. Sarabanda

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas, No. 16

Mystery (Rosary) Passacaglia in G Minor

Georg Muffat: Violin Sonata in D Major

Violin Sonata in D Major

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