Christina Day Martinson – Biber: The Mystery Sonatas (2018) [LINN FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Christina Day Martinson – Biber: The Mystery Sonatas (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 02:00:04 minutes | 2,46 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: LINN  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Linn Records

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.


Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)

Disc: 1
1. Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, ‘The Annunciation’
2. Sonata No. 2 in a Major, ‘The Visitation’
3. Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, ‘The Nativity’
4. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, ‘The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple’
5. Sonata No. 5 in a Major, ‘The Finding of Jesus in the Temple’
6. Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, ‘The Agony in the Garden’
7. Sonata No. 7 in F Major, ‘The Scourging of Jesus’
8. Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, ‘The Crowning With Thorns’
9. Sonata No. 9 in a Minor, ‘The Carrying of the Cross’
10. Sonata No. 10 in G Minor, ‘The Crucifixion’

Disc: 2
1. Sonata No. 11 in G Major, ‘The Resurrection’
2. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, ‘The Ascension’
3. Sonata No. 13 in D Minor, ‘The Descent of the Holy Ghost’
4. Sonata No. 14 in D Major, ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’
5. Sonata No. 15 in C Major, ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’
6. Passacaglia in G Minor

Christina Day Martinson (violin)
Boston Baroque
Martin Pearlman