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Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Boston Baroque

Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

...astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional
CKD 501 (Linn Records)
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1
Sonata I in D minor ‘The Annunciation’: Praeludium – Aria and 2 variations – Finale

Sonata I in D minor ‘The Annunciation’: Praeludium – Aria and 2 variations – Finale

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
05:28 Play $3.40
2
Sonata II in A major ‘The Visitation’: [Sonata] / Presto – Allamanda – Presto

Sonata II in A major ‘The Visitation’: [Sonata] / Presto – Allamanda – Presto

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
04:54 Play $1.70
3
Sonata III in B minor ‘The Nativity’: [Sonata] / Presto – Courente and double – Adagio

Sonata III in B minor ‘The Nativity’: [Sonata] / Presto – Courente and double – Adagio

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
06:51 Play $3.40
4
Sonata IV in D minor ‘The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple’: Ciacona with 12 variations

Sonata IV in D minor ‘The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple’: Ciacona with 12 variations

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
08:03 Play $3.40
5
Sonata V in A major ‘The Finding of Jesus in the Temple’: Praeludium – Allamanda – Gigue – Sarabande and double

Sonata V in A major ‘The Finding of Jesus in the Temple’: Praeludium – Allamanda – Gigue – Sarabande and double

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
07:06 Play $3.40
6
Sonata VI in C minor ‘The Agony in the Garden’: Lamento

Sonata VI in C minor ‘The Agony in the Garden’: Lamento

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
08:13 Play $3.40
7
Sonata VII in F major ‘The Scourging of Jesus’: Allamanda and variation – Sarabanda and 3 variations

Sonata VII in F major ‘The Scourging of Jesus’: Allamanda and variation – Sarabanda and 3 variations

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
09:03 Play $3.40
8
Sonata VIII in B flat major ‘The Crowning with Thorns’: Sonata: Adagio / Presto – Gigue and 2 doubles

Sonata VIII in B flat major ‘The Crowning with Thorns’: Sonata: Adagio / Presto – Gigue and 2 doubles

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
06:30 Play $3.40
9
Sonata IX in A minor ‘The Carrying of the Cross’: Sonata – Courente and 2 doubles – Final

Sonata IX in A minor ‘The Carrying of the Cross’: Sonata – Courente and 2 doubles – Final

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
07:14 Play $3.40
10
Sonata X in G minor ‘The Crucifixion’: Praeludium – Aria and 5 variations

Sonata X in G minor ‘The Crucifixion’: Praeludium – Aria and 5 variations

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
09:01 Play $3.40
11
Sonata XI in G major ‘The Resurrection’: Sonata – Hymn ‘Surrexit Christus hodie’ and variations

Sonata XI in G major ‘The Resurrection’: Sonata – Hymn ‘Surrexit Christus hodie’ and variations

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
08:02 Play $3.40
12
Sonata XII in C major ‘The Ascension’: Intrada – Aria tubicinum – Allemanda – Courante and double

Sonata XII in C major ‘The Ascension’: Intrada – Aria tubicinum – Allemanda – Courante and double

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
07:01 Play $3.40
13
Sonata XIII in D minor ‘The Descent of the Holy Ghost’: Sonata – Gavotte – Gigue – Sarabanda

Sonata XIII in D minor ‘The Descent of the Holy Ghost’: Sonata – Gavotte – Gigue – Sarabanda

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
07:44 Play $3.40
14
Sonata XIV in D major ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’: [Sonata] – Arias 1 and 2 – Gigue

Sonata XIV in D major ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’: [Sonata] – Arias 1 and 2 – Gigue

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
08:20 Play $3.40
15
Sonata XV in C major ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’: Sonata – Aria with 3 doubles – Canzona – Sarabanda and double

Sonata XV in C major ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’: Sonata – Aria with 3 doubles – Canzona – Sarabanda and double

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Conductor Martin Pearlman
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
Band Boston Baroque
08:33 Play $3.40
16
Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin

Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin

Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Soloist Christina Day Martinson
07:47 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 120 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Boston Baroque’s Christina Day Martinson delivers a technical tour de force, as she navigates the virtuosic challenges presented by the fiendishly demanding changing scordatura.

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Heinrich Biber’s astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional Mystery Sonatas represent a triumph of Baroque invention. Boston Classical Review described Christina Day Martinson's live performance as ‘a flourish of technical complexity and musical wizardry’, whilst the Boston Globe wrote, ‘Day Martinson…didn't just survive, she triumphed.’

The adventurous use of six baroque violins in fifteen different tunings creates otherworldly soundscapes that result in a deeply moving and glorious listening experience. This highly disorientating practice reaches its pinnacle in Sonata XI (The Resurrection) where the middle two strings are crossed over each other both in the peg box and behind the bridge, so that one can literally see a cross on the violin. The fifteen sonatas have been traditionally grouped into three sets of five: five joyful mysteries, five sorrowful mysteries, and five glorious mysteries.

Boston Baroque’s founder Martin Pearlman plays organ and harpsichord, with Michael Leopold on theorbo and guitar and Michael Unterman on cello.

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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'...gutsy, committed playing, spurred on by the richly varied continuo of Boston Baroque...'


Early Music America
'Achieving a wide range of hues in her tone, Martinson plays the expressive pieces flawlessly, sensitively supported by her Boston Baroque colleagues...The sound quality of these first-rate performances is clear, vivid, and present.'
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Gramophone
'A wonderfully detailed and atmospheric recording of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas, made all the more so in 96kHz/24-bit Linn Studio Master.'


The Strad
'Christina Day Martinson makes light of the virtuosity of this deeply profound music...The recorded sound and balance are exemplary.'
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MusicWeb International
'There can be absolutely no doubt of these players’ absolute mastery of this cycle. Martinsson’s performance is fervent, sincere and profoundly skilled.'
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Res Musica
"Christina Day Martinson and her companions from the Boston Baroque give us here a masterful illustration."
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Audiophile Audition
'The gifts of Ms. Martinson are on full display...The booklet, notes, and packaging are luxuriously first rate.'
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Infodad
'There are scarcely enough superlatives to say how well Martinson’s handling of this magnificent music works.'
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MDR Kultur
'Her violin playing is characterised by great emotionality [and] her playing technique is excellent...'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'I don’t think I’ve heard a performance that so clearly shows the difference it makes to the sounds of the instrument and therefore the timbre of each sonata...'
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Blogs Mollat
'...a superb rendition of one of the masterpieces of music...This Linn CD is absolutely remarkable.'
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Classical CD Choice
'From Linn, Biber: The Mystery Sonatas is granted an emotional reading by the Boston Baroque with Christina Day Martinson and Martin Pearlman.'


13 April 2018 to 13 April 2018
North America
NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
BEETHOVEN OPERA: Fidelio

15 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
North America
NEC's Jordan Hall - 3pm, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
BEETHOVEN OPERA: Fidelio