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Biber: The Rosary Sonatas - Alison McGillivray (cello); Andrew Manze (violin); Andrew Manze (talking); Richard Egarr (organ); Richard Egarr (harpsichord)
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  1. Mystery Sonatas (16), for violin & basso continuo (or solo violin), C. 90-105
  2. Scordatura briefly explained (for Biber's Rosary Sonatas)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's Rosary Sonatas were written in Salzburg in the 1670s or 1680s, and they're really unlike anything else in the violin literature. Scordatura, or unconventional tuning of an instrument's strings, was common enough during the Baroque era, but Biber's cycle of 15 pieces for violin and continuo explores the technique exhaustively: each of the 15 sonatas uses a different tuning. The result is music of fearsome difficulty for the player, and, as with Bach's best music, technical complexity generates ...

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Biber: The Rosary Sonatas 2004, Harmonia Mundi

UPC: 093046732127

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