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Heinrich Biber : Rosary Sonatas

Rachel Podger

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Released on September 27, 2015 by Channel Classics Records

Main artist: Rachel Podger

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music

Distinctions: Choc de Classica (December 2015) - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik (January 2016)

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Album : 2 disks - 16 tracks Total length : 02:13:17

    DISC 1
  1. 1 The Annunciation D minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  2. 2 The Visitation A major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  3. 3 The Nativity b minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  4. 4 The Presentation in the Temple d minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  5. 5 The Finding in the Temple a major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  6. 6 The Agony in the Garden c minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  7. 7 The Scourging f major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  8. 8 The Crowning with Thorns bb major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  9. DISC 2
  10. 1 The Carrying of the Cross a minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  11. 2 The Crucifixion g minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  12. 3 The Resurrection g major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  13. 4 The Ascension c major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  14. 5 The Descent of the Holy Ghost d minor

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  15. 6 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin d major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  16. 7 The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin c major

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

  17. 8 Guardian Angel taken from ccs sa 35513 ‘Guardian Angel’

    Rachel Podger, Violin - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Composer

About

The Rosary Sonatas of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704), a cycle formed of fifteen sonatas for violin with basso continuo and a passacaglia for solo violin, are part of a creative movement that took place during the seventeenth century which forged daring, experimentation, exploration, and a deepening of difficult instrumental technique. This current was made possible by the proliferation of advanced instruments being exported from Italy, and it found fertile ground in central Europe with Schmelzer, amongst others, and a next generation that included Westhoff and, of course, Biber. The Rosary Sonatas require a soloist with a serious capacity for abstraction: indeed, most of them are written according to the principle of the scordat[t]ura, meaning that one or more strings of the violin are tuned differently from the usual sol-la-re-mi. The tuning, then, does not accord with what is usually intended in violin scores, since the detuned strings become transposed. In other words, certain notes sound like what is written, whilst others resonate differently, depending on the particular chord imposed by the composer. The instrumentalist should, therefore, do the same thing that you do when keys on your computer keyboard provide different letters than those signalled, that is, act as if nothing has happened! And, in the piece, in order to change the tone of the instrument, and to permit the creation of some different chords, open strings are used. What Biber offers us here is an infinitely confusing piece of music, manipulating unheard-of sounds and incongruous harmonies – both melodic and harmonic – in an amazing musical journey that puts him quite apart from the rest of the Baroque world. In the late 1670s the work was not fully understood, so much so that the score was almost forgotten, before experiencing a brilliant resurrection in the early twentieth century. This version was recorded by the English violinist Rachel Podger, a true star of the baroque instrument. Here, after her excursions in Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, and some other important composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which were all heralded by awards and other successes, she reveals the buried treasures of this true masterpiece. Accompanied by some fantastic instrumental friends (including Marcin Świątkiewicz on the keyboards, distinguished by his brilliant Müthel opus which was published by BIS a few months back, the violist Jonathan Manson, who regularly collaborates with the violonist and Trevor Pinnock), Rachel Podger expertly exploits this narrative poetry collection, distilling phrases of great elegance, and deploying a haunting sound. A truly mystical experience! © Qobuz

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