Biber - Mystery Sonatas, Complete Violin Sonatas
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95291
Number of Discs: 5
Release Date: 24th February 2017
WorksMystery (Rosary) Sonatas and Passacaglia
Sonata violino solo representativa in A major
Violin Sonata in A major
Violin Sonatas (4) (MS 726, Minoritenkonvent, Vienna)
Violin sonatas (8) (1681)
ArtistsIgor Ruhadze (violin)
Ensemble Violini Capricciosi
Alongside these famous sonatas, the listener is able to delve into some of Biber's lesser‐known works, including the eight solo violin sonatas composed in Salzburg in 1681. The last of these is a compositional tour de force, as the solo player takes on the role of two other players in a kind of trio sonata. The works are fine examples of the stylus phantasticus, a style of composition characterised by an improvisatory, florid and virtuosic quality. The Sonata representativa is one of the earliest examples of programmatic music, evoking bird calls and animal sounds, including the nightingale, cuckoo, frog and even rooster. The lengthy Sonata in E (from a manuscript kept at the Minoritenkonvent in Vienna) opens with an astonishingly extended display of virtuosity over a held bass note, revealing Biber's mastery of his art.
The sonatas are played with aplomb by early music group Ensemble Violini Capricciosi, led from the front by soloist Igor Ruhadze. The group has previously recorded the complete works by Locatelli for Brilliant Classics, another composer known for his virtuosic violin writing (BC94358). The set was praised by MusicWeb International as a 'major achievement', with Ruhadze lauded for his 'impressive tone'.
Recorded in Schiedam, The Netherlands, in February, June and July 2016
Ensemble Violini Capricciosi:
- Igor Ruhadze (violin)
- Vaughan Schlepp (harpsichord)
- Felicity Goodwin (organ)
- Nika Zlataric (cello)
- Regina Albanez (theorbo)
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