Biber: Rosary Sonatas / Podger

Release Date: 10/9/2015
Catalog Number: CCS 37315SA
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Biber's Rosary Sonatas are considered the most extensive example of scordatura — a technique whereby the strings are purposefully tuned differently from their usual arrangement. In these works, the violin's usual G-D-A-E tuning is only used for the opening sonata and the closing Passacaglia. The other fourteen sonatas each have a different configuration of tuning. Compositionally, this allowed Biber to obtain unusual chords, opening up a whole new spectrum of harmonic and textural possibilities. This fundamentally altered what a violin was and could be; its physicality as well as its voice was transformed. On this recording, the incomparable Rachel Podger reveals all the mysteries and glories of these amazing works.

Reviews:

Not for nothing is Podger regarded today as queen of the baroque violin. Podger makes light of the virtuosic demands of this profound music, while never losing sight of it’s religious significance.

– Sunday Times (London)

For this recording Podger uses the same instrument throughout, putting it through the pain, as part of the fascination for her was how the sound changed from piece to piece as the violin suffers alongside Christ. It’s searching, absorbing, quietly captivating playing, and a moving journey through one of the most imaginative sets of violin sonatas ever composed.

– CD Review

These are fantastically complex works, with different violin tunings and multiple stoppings, so that Podger’s accomplished new recording sounds like a battery of many violins. Fine continuo adds to the variety of sound.

– The Observer (UK)
Works on This Recording
1. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 9 in A minor, Carrying the Cross by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
2. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 8 in B flat major, The Crown of Thorns by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
3. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 7 in F major, The Scourging of Jesus by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
4. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 6 in C minor, The Agony in the Garden by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
5. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 5 in A major, Child Jesus in the Temple by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
6. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 4 in D minor Presentation by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
7. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 3 in B minor, The Nativity by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
8. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 2 in A major, Mary's Visit by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
9. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 15 in C major, Crowning of the Virgin Mary by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
10. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 14 in D major Assumption by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
11. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 13 in D minor, Holy Ghost by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
12. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 12 in C major, The Ascension by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
13. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 11 in G major, Resurrection by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
14. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 10 in G minor, The Crucifixion by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard), Rachel Podger (Violin), Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
15. Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer: Jonathan Manson (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute), Rachel Podger (Violin), Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1676 ; Salzburg, Austria
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