SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015, 7.45pm, St Andrew's & St George's West
Rachel Podger (violin) and Marcin Świątkiewicz (harpsichord/chamber organ) –
The Rosary Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
* Please note change from earlier-advertised programme *

The Georgian Concert Society is sorry to have to inform audiences that Kristian Bezuidenhout has had to withdraw from the planned concert of Mozart and Beethoven violin sonatas with Rachel Podger at very short notice due to circumstances beyond his control.

The GCS is fortunate to have obtained the exciting young Polish harpsichordist, Marcin Świątkiewicz, who will travel to Edinburgh to accompany Rachel Podger in a performance of The Rosary Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber.

The Rosary Mystery Sonatas are a collection of 16 short sonatas for violin and continuo, with a final passacaglia for solo violin. Each has a title related to the Christian Rosary devotion practice and the collection as a whole is considered to be some of the most important music of Biber. They are played using scordatura, a system of alternative tuning of the violin strings, a technique which provides the instrument with unusual sonorities, colours, altered ranges and new harmonies and are an outstanding example of violin music of the Austrian baroque period.

"Rachel Podger lets the music shine – what unity of art and personality!"

"Deeply moving, highly virtuosic and full of joy" – Göttinger Tagblatt

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Rachel Podger and Marcin Świątkiewicz
Photo: Jonas Sacks