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Wydawnictwo: Signum Classics
Nr katalogowy: SIGCD 021
Nośnik: 2 CD
EAN: 635212002124
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Epoka muzyczna: barok
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Instrumenty: skrzypce
Rodzaj: sonata

Biber: The Mystery Sonatas (The Rosary Sonatas - Die Rosenkranz Sonaten)

Signum Classics - SIGCD 021
Walter Reiter, violin
Sonata no. 1 (The Annunciation)
Sonata no. 2 (The Visitation)
Sonata no. 3 (The Nativity)
Sonata no. 4 (The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple)
Sonata no. 5 (The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple)
Sonata no. 6 (Christ on the Mount of Olives)
Sonata no. 7 (The Scourging at the Pillar)
Sonata no. 8 (The Crown of Thorns)
Sonata no. 9 (Jesus carries the cross)
Sonata no. 10 (The Crucifixion)
Sonata no. 11 (The Resurrection)
Sonata no. 12 (The Ascension)Sonata no. 13 (Pentecost)
Sonata no. 14 (The Assumption of the Virgin)
Sonata no. 15 (The Beatification of the Virgin)
This two disc set of Heinrich von Biber's Rosary or Mystery Sonatas presents the complete set of fifteen sonatas and the concluding passacaglia which appears in the sole surviving Munich manuscript.

The sonatas each correspond to the fifteen mysteries or meditations on the life of Christ. The meditations are traditionally grouped into three groups of five; Joyful - his early life, Sorrowful - his passion; Glorious - his ressurection.

In writing the sonatas Biber uses scordatura, tuning the strings to a different set of notes for each sonata. This achieves technical feats impossible with normal tuning and results in different sonorities resulting from the varying amounts of pressure from the strings and achieving the different desired mood for each sonata. For the violinist, this involves a constant contradiction between sight and sound, for what he sees is not be what he hears!

Walter Reiter's recording of the Mystery Sonatas is the culmination of a seven year labour of love and is in his own words, is his "most powerfully artistic experience to date".

"thoughtful, reflective and poetic .... his performances are stylish, idiomatic and vivid"

Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine

"a beautifully judged performance"

Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone

"The performances are astounding, the variety of bow strokes, the ornamentation of repeats, the occasional colouring of the violins sound - it's simply wonderful .... This is my recommendation for the month"

Brian Clarke, Early Music Review

" ... there are many extraordinary moments"

Luis Gago, Goldberg

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