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H.I.F. Biber (1644-1704) The Sacred Mysteries: The Rosary Sonatas for Violin & Continuo
UPC 744457807927
Leah Gale Nelson, violin - Daniel Swenberg, theorbo - Dongsok Shin, organ
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An Extraordinary New Recording - Specially-priced 2 CD set!

Joyful – Sorrowful – Glorious – 15 violin tunings – 16 evocative pieces!


In this new Lyrichord recording, 21st century understanding of 17th century performance practice meets the formidable virtuosity of Biber’s violin writing. With the most extensive use of scordatura (re-tuning) in violin repertoire, each piece is given its own sound-world. Using a facsimile of the only surviving manuscript, gut strings, short bows, theorbo and chamber organ, these highly regarded period players offer a historical and impassioned approach to these improvisatory preludes, hymn-like sonatas, and spirited dance movements honoring the Mysteries of the Rosary. Listeners are moved by the power of this music, carrying us through joy, sorrow, and glory, reflecting scenes of life, death, and rebirth.

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Disc 1 – (total time: 72:57)

The Joyful Mysteries
I. The Annunciation
    1. Praeludium - 2:27
    2. Aria. Variatio. Finale - 3:38
II. The Visitation
    3. Sonata - 1:37
    4. Allamanda - 2:24
    5. Presto - 0:55
III. The Nativity
    6. Sonata - 1:21
    7. Courente. Double. - 2:54
    8. Adagio - 2:09
IV. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
    9. Ciacona - 7:45
V. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
    10. Praeludium - 1:09
    11. Allamanda - 1:34
    12. Guigue - 1:22
    13. Sarabanda. Double. - 3:28

The Sorrowful Mysteries
VI. The Agony in the Garden
    14. Lamento - 3:19
    15. [Aria] - 2:13
    16. Adagio - 1:49
VII. The Scourging at the Pillar
    17. Allamanda. Variatio. - 3:38
    18. Sarabanda. Variatio. - 4:47
VIII. The Crowning with Thorns
    19. Sonata - 2:22
    20. Guigue. Double. Double 2. - 4:31
IX. The Carrying of the Cross
    21. Sonata - 2:12
    22. Courente. Double. [Double 2] - 3:26
    23. Finale - 1:45
X. The Crucifixion
    24. Praeludium - 1:21
    25. Aria. Variatio. - 8:36

CD 2 – (total time: 52:41)

The Glorious Mysteries
XI. The Resurrection
    1. Sonata - 2:31
    2. Surexit Christus hodie. - 3:42
    3. Adagio - 1:21
XII. The Ascension
    4. Intrada - 0:40
    5. Aria Tubicinum - 1:38
    6. Allamanda - 2:09
    7. Courente. Double. - 2:57
XIII. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
    8. Sonata - 3:03
    9. Gavott - 1:20
    10. Guigue - 1:47
    11. Sarabanda - 1:31
XIV. The Assumption of Mary
    12. [Praeludium] - 2:23
    13. Aria, Guigue. - 7:09
XV. The Coronation of Mary, Queen of Heaven
    14. Sonata - 1:43
    15. Aria. [Variatio] - 6:03
    16. Canzona - 1:53
    17. Sarabanda. [Double] - 2:45
The Guardian Angel
    18. Passagalia - 7:54


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