11-13 October 2024

Cosmic Mysteries

Virtuoso Violin Cracks the Code of the Cross

Date and Time
Sun 13 Oct, 11.30am
St John's Anglican Church
60 minutes
$39 / $32

In the late 1600s, the Bohemian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber was way ahead of his time – crafting works with avant-garde techniques and radical tuning systems that were so difficult, only he could play them. This set of Sonatas for violin and various continuo instruments follows the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary, the Catholic processional meditation on the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary, depicting joyful scenes from Jesus’ early life, the sorrowful anguish of his Crucifixion, and the glory of his Resurrection.

Completed around 1676, these mysterious Sonatas lay silent in the Bavarian State Library until their 1905 publication. Fearless and incomparable violinist Zoë Black faithfully interprets a selection of them, together with devoted continuo collaborators Molly Kadarauch, Hannah Lane, and Stefan Cassomenos.

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Mystery Sonatas of the Rosary (selections)

Zoë Black Violin
Hannah Lane Triple Harp
Molly Kadarauch Cello
Stefan Cassomenos Organ