Biber Sonatas for Violin and Continuo
The Bohemian virtuoso violinist and composer Heinrich Biber (1644–1704) never fell short of demanding in his call for technical mastery of the violin, nor did he hesitate to test the limits of the instrument—his 15 Rosary Sonatas called for retuning the violin to produce different sonorities and unusual chordal effects. As a result, his Baroque works have been called some of the most remarkable and forward-looking music of the late 17th century. The work that most firmly established his fame was the 1681 collection of Sonatas for Violin and Continuo. Violinist John Holloway, founder of the Baroque ensemble L'Ecole d'Orphée, has recorded all eight sonatas.
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