Joyful Mysteries Bibers Scordatura Sonatas and More
David Wilson, the Bay Areas primo Biber Wizard, brings us highlights of H. I. Bibers extraordinary Rosary Sonatas (aka Mystery Sonatas; the title page is missing, so no-one knows what Biber meant to call them, but that hasnt stopped a lot of musicologists spending a lot of time learnedly speculating about it). He has assembled an all-star continuo cast (Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord) who both bring their own virtuosic abilities to the party.
Biber was way ahead of Joni Mitchell in inventing radical new tunings, and although he didnt invent as many as Ms. Mitchell, he did invent radically new fiddle techniques, which apparently only he could play (that was then; David has caught up with him, clearly). Prepare to be amazed.
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