Manze, Egarr, Kikuchi, Widmann, Kupiec

Past Dates

Introduction with Clemens Goldberg
at 19:00, Ausstellungsfoyer (exhibition foyer)

Two artistic levels are coupled in the “Rosenkranz-Sonaten” (Mystery Sonatas) by Bohemian violinist and composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704): the pious “glorification of the 15 mysteries of the life of Mary” on the one hand, and pure, abstract music, encompassing a whole range of innovative compositional techniques on the other. It is a piece that set new standards in the fields of composition and playing techniques alike.

Our programme will contrast a selection of the violin sonatas with contemporary masterpieces. At the heart of the evening’s concert will be a first performance of a new work by György Kurtág. All pieces will be presented by outstanding soloists – among them violinists Hiromi Kikuchi and Caronlin Widman – grouped around leading expert on baroque music Andrew Manze.

Concert Programme

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Mystery Sonata No. 1 “The Annunciation”

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Lachen verlernt (Laughing Unlearnt)
German Première

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Mystery Sonata No. 14 “The Assumption of Our Lady”

Pierre Boulez
Anthèmes I

György Kurtág
Hipartita for violin solo
World Première
Commissioned by the Berliner Festspieleand the Zaterdag Matinee at Radio Netherlands

Leoš Janáček
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Mystery Sonata No. 15 “The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary”


Andrew Manze violin
Richard Egarr organ
Hiromi Kikuchi violin
Carolin Widmann violin
Ewa Kupiec piano