The Mystery Sonatas

Alexander Reid, Mélisande McNabney & Elinor Frey

Second violins principal of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2013, Alexander Read leads a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He joins Festival friends Mélisande McNabney and Elinor Frey for an evening devoted to Biber’s so-called Rosary Sonatas. Written outside any liturgical framework, the work nonetheless encourages meditation and contemplation. Interestingly, in addition to being very rarely performed in its entirety in concert, this opus requires the violinist to modify the tuning of his instrument according to the sonata being played; Mr. Read will therefore be using four violins, but one at a time!

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644 – 1704)
The “Sonates du Mystère” cycle of 15 Rosary Sonatas

Alexander Reid, violin
Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord, organ
Elinor Frey, cello

concert info

  • December 03, 2024 19:30
  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
  • keyboard
  • strings
  • from 20$ to 65$
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