Biber - Rosenkranzsonaten Vol.2
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Cat No: VKJK1506
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th October 2015
WorksMystery (Rosary) Sonatas and Passacaglia
ArtistsAnne Schumann (violin)
Sebastian Knebel (organ)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704) was one of the most important violinists and composers of the 17th century. Born in Bohemia, and two years in charge at the episcopal court of Olomouc, in 1670 he started to work for the archbishop Max Gandolph von Kuenburg in Salzburg.
His sonatas on the rosary are dedicated to the archbishop and cannot be seen as violin sonatas in the ordinary sense, but as a collection of short stories, which are discovered within Anne Schumann’s interpretation.
The sonatas are arranged along three topical perspectives: the joyful, the sorrowful and the glorious secrets of the rosary. The interpreters chose three different thuringian churches for the recording. The one in Kaltenlengsfeld gave atmosphere to the second part of the cycle, presented on this CD: the sorrowful secrets. The Rommel organ in this church, dating from the mid 18th century, is built after older models and has very direct and unrelenting tone colours which support the sorrowful secrets very well.
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