Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Biber: The Mystery Sonatas
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Classical
Code
CKD 501
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Booklet available for download
  • Sonata I in D minor ‘The Annunciation’: Praeludium – Aria and 2 variations – Finale
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    05:28
    £3.00
  • Sonata II in A major ‘The Visitation’: [Sonata] / Presto – Allamanda – Presto
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    04:54
    £1.50
  • Sonata III in B minor ‘The Nativity’: [Sonata] / Presto – Courente and double – Adagio
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    06:51
    £3.00
  • Sonata IV in D minor ‘The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple’: Ciacona with 12 variations
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    08:03
    £3.00
  • Sonata V in A major ‘The Finding of Jesus in the Temple’: Praeludium – Allamanda – Gigue – Sarabande and double
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    07:06
    £3.00
  • Sonata VI in C minor ‘The Agony in the Garden’: Lamento
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    08:13
    £3.00
  • Sonata VII in F major ‘The Scourging of Jesus’: Allamanda and variation – Sarabanda and 3 variations
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    09:03
    £3.00
  • Sonata VIII in B flat major ‘The Crowning with Thorns’: Sonata: Adagio / Presto – Gigue and 2 doubles
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    06:30
    £3.00
  • Sonata IX in A minor ‘The Carrying of the Cross’: Sonata – Courente and 2 doubles – Final
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    07:14
    £3.00
  • Sonata X in G minor ‘The Crucifixion’: Praeludium – Aria and 5 variations
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    09:01
    £3.00
  • Sonata XI in G major ‘The Resurrection’: Sonata – Hymn ‘Surrexit Christus hodie’ and variations
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    08:02
    £3.00
  • Sonata XII in C major ‘The Ascension’: Intrada – Aria tubicinum – Allemanda – Courante and double
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    07:01
    £3.00
  • Sonata XIII in D minor ‘The Descent of the Holy Ghost’: Sonata – Gavotte – Gigue – Sarabanda
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    07:44
    £3.00
  • Sonata XIV in D major ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’: [Sonata] – Arias 1 and 2 – Gigue
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    08:20
    £3.00
  • Sonata XV in C major ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’: Sonata – Aria with 3 doubles – Canzona – Sarabanda and double
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Martin Pearlman Christina Day Martinson Boston Baroque

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

    08:33
    £3.00
  • Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin
    Composer(s) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
    Artist(s) Christina Day Martinson

    Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin

    07:47
    £3.00

Total running time: 119 minutes.

Album information

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.

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.