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BIBER, H.I.F. von: Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas (S.-L. Kaakinen-Pilch, Battalia)

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release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen





Karjaa Church (Karjaan Pyhan Katariinan Kirkko), Finland


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Total Time - 123:23
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BIBER, H.I.F. von: Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas (S.-L. Kaakinen-Pilch, Battalia)




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Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 1, "The Annunciation"

1 I. Praeludium 02:28
2 II. Aria allegro - Variations - III. Finale 03:27

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 2, "The Visitation"

3 I. — 01:34
4 II. Allaman - III. Presto 03:22

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 3, "The Nativity"

5 I. Sonata 01:42
6 II. Courante - Double 02:54
7 III. Adagio 01:56

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 4, "The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple"


Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 5, "The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple"

9 I. Praeludium 00:53
10 II. Allaman 01:35
11 III. Gigue 01:11
12 IV. Saraban 03:59

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 6, "Christ on the Mount of Olives"*

13 I. Lamento 03:24
14 II. Presto 02:42
15 III. Adagio 01:56

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 7, "The Scourging at the Pillar"

16 I. Allamanda 03:55
17 II. Sarab: Variatio 05:19

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 8, "The Crown of Thorns"

18 I. — 01:58
19 II. Gigue and Double Presto, Double 03:42

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross"*

20 I. Sonata 02:35
21 II. Courante - Double 03:07
22 III. Finale 01:13

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 10, "The Crucifixion"

23 I. Prelude 00:58
24 II. Aria - Variations 07:29

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Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 11, "The Resurrection"

1 I. Sonata 02:16
2 II. Surrexit Christus Hodie 03:30
3 III. Adagio 01:26

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 12, "The Ascension"

4 I. Intrada 00:46
5 II. Aria Tubicinum 01:24
6 III. Allemande 02:25
7 IV. Courante - Double 02:57

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 13, "Pentecost"

8 I. Sonata 02:42
9 II. Gavotte 01:07
10 III. Gigue 01:33
11 IV. Sarabande 01:38

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 14, "The Assumption of the Virgin"

12 I. — 02:17
13 II. Aria - Gigue 06:25

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 15, "The Beatification of the Virgin"*

14 I. — 01:54
15 II. Aria 05:37
16 III. Canzon 02:46
17 IV. Sarabanda 03:09

Mystery (Rosary) Passacaglia in G Minor

 Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen Soloist

New Ondine release includes Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s (1644-1704) 16 Mystery Sonatas, also known as Rosary Sonatas. This set of virtuosic violin sonatas is Biber’s most well-known work. They also serve as unique masterpieces of the Baroque violin repertoire. In the present recording violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is joined by the Finnish Baroque ensemble Battalia.

Biber’s Mystery Sonatas feature 15 rosary mysteries from the life of Jesus and Virgin Mary. One of the most prominent characteristics of Biber’s work is the use of various tunings, i.e. scordatura. Out of the sixteen sonatas, fourteen require the use of ‘mistuned’ violin. 

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is nowadays in great demand as a leader of countless renowned early music ensembles and orchestras, performing music of the Baroque and symphonies of the age of Mozart and Schubert. Her solo repertoire includes works by Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, and solo violin works of the 16th and 17th centuries. She also plays the viola and viola d’amore. Among her numerous tasks, she has also worked 10 years as the leader of Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale. 

Kaakinen-Pichl has also recorded a double-album of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo violin sonatas and partitas for Ondine.


 "... Recommended as one of the best of the complete sets currently available."

Robert Maxham - Fanfare - November/December 2014

                                  Performance *****            Recording *****

"...An outstanding releae."

Nicholas Anderson - BBC Music magazine - December 2014

                     Editor’s Choice - Chamber

"...She [Sirkka-Lisa Kaakinen-Pilch] also manages a wonderous balance of the folk music with which Biber would have been most familiar with the graceful, intellectual pieces they more readily are. This combination pays all the nescessay dues to a unique set of pieces that is full of symbolism, musical extremism and the meditation on a mystery as complex as the 15 mysteries of the Rosary."

Caroline Gill - Gramophone magazine - September 2014


"Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch offers styish, cmpelling accounts of these sonatas devoted to the mysteries of the rosary. She demonstrates total technical command and insightful understanding of Biber’s dramatic musical language ... the recording has exemplary clarity and warmth."     *****

Robin Stowell - Early Music today - September-November 2014


Brian Clark - Early Music Review No 160 - June 2014

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