The Rosary Sonatas is one of the most unusual collections of violin music ever assembled and it is this work on which Biber's preset-day fame rests. Calling for a different violin tuning (scordatura) in each of its 15 Sonatas - all played here on the same Amati instrument - the full set is a triumph of Baroque invention and 17th-century virtuoso style. The Gramophone Award winning partnership of Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr meets this challenge with dazzling results.
The Five Joyful Mysteries. Sonata 1. The Annunciation: Præludium