In the Shadow of the Cross: The Sorrowful Mysteries

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H.I.F. Biber Rosary Sonatas and Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tomás Luis de Victoria

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1664-1704), a preeminent violin virtuoso of the 17th-century and Kapellmeister at Salzburg, left a body of extraordinary works for the violin. Preceding J.S. Bach by a generation, Biber’s writing is striking in its complexity and virtuosic demands, stretching the limits of the instrument. His Rosary Sonatas (also called Mystery Sonatas) are especially notable not only for the virtuosic writing, but each sonata also requires a re-tuning of the instrument, called scordatura, providing each with a distinctive character and sonority. In this program, St. Luke's resident baroque violinist Leah Gale Nelson will present three of these "Mystery Sonatas", representing three of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion.

Tomás Luis de Victoria’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah contain some of his most intense, mystical and moving music and rank alongside the Requiem as one of his greatest achievements. The program will include his Lamentations for Maundy Thursday along with Tenebrae responsories paired with the Mystery Sonatas.

Leah Gale Nelson, violin in scordatura

Daniel Swenberg, theorbo

Dongsok Shin, chamber organ

Choir of St. Luke in the Fields


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