Biber: Violin Sonatas / Tur Bonet, Musica Alchemica

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber is the most dazzling figure among the violin virtuosos of the 17th century, comparable to a Paganini in the 19th, even though Biber did not travel around and spent most of his life permanently employed as a musical director (Kapellmeister) in Salzburg. Biber's pieces are bursting with virtuoso elements, new techniques, bizarreness and endless ingenuity - the 'fantastic style' (stylus phantasticus) at the height of the age. His collection of violin sonatas, printed in Nuremberg in 1681, became a standard work and spread throughout Europe.

Lina Tur Bonet has selected four of the eight sonatas for solo violin with basso continuo and added a parthia for two violas d'amore. A Spanish violinist, Tur Bonet is a pronounced specialist for virtuoso music of the early Baroque and has already recorded several albums with her ensemble Musica Alchemica on the Pan Classics label. Her complete recording of Biber's Rosary Sonatas was celebrated by critics and audiences alike, and she received the Diapason d'or in France for her album La Bellezza. Her two albums with Vivaldi concertos and sonatas also received great acclaim. This recording of Biber's violin sonatas constitutes her debut on the Glossa label.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 15, 2022

  • Catalog Number: GCD924701

  • UPC: 8424562247017

  • Label: Glossa

  • Period: Baroque

  • Composer: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Alchemica

  • Performer: Lina Tur Bonet