boston baroque: jewels and discoveries

given that i know nothing about music, my intention for writing these posts were mainly to highlight what moves me the most during these concerts. tonight, it was again Christina Day Martinson and her three violins. Why three? because she was playing Biber’s violin sonatas, and each violin was tuned differently to achieve the various sounds Biber wanted to express (read below for more on this).

Tonight, she was playing Biber’s Mystery Sonata No. 10 (“The Crucifixion”) and Mystery Sonata No. 14 (“Assumption of the Virgin”). In the past, sometimes I found the violin player’s movement distracting. No clue if i more mature now or she was just rightly tuned with the music, but her dancing (in knee-high leather boots) and violin playing were fantastically in unison. The music is quite furious at time and melodic at others.

Christina Day Martinson, (c) WGBH-boston

I wasn’t the only one tapping my feet (silently) along. The other violinist (there were only 2 violins, 2 violas, 1 cello + 1 bass for the night) was also moving her head along (i mention her because even with my totally broken gaydar i’m quite sure she’s a white shirt (and black suit)). You can listen to Ms Martinson play Biber live here . I highly recommend listening to Ms. Martinson and Maestro Pearlman’s explanations regarding violin tuning. She also talked about her background. (I tried to embed the darn thing which wasted my last hour grrr) Read more of this post

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