Congratulations to Royal Conservatoire alumna and violinist Christina Day Martinson, who was nominated for awards in the 61st Annual Grammy's, which will take place on 10 February, 2019. The news was announced this past Friday morning by the Recording Academy. Christina is nominated in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category for her album 'Biber, the Mystery Sonatas'.
Earlier in the week, the album was already chosen as one of the year’s best classical recordings by the Chicago Tribune. Christina, who is the concertmaster for the Boston Baroque, splits the nomination with conductor Martin Pearlman.
Their version of Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Biber’s 15 “mystery sonatas,” written in the mid-1600's, has been praised for unearthing a deeper meaning in the pieces, which are inspired by the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Biber’s composition is recognized for its complexity, which involves re-tuning the strings of the instrument during the performance. With all 15 mysteries played over three hours – with two intermissions – the live performance is gruelling.
“For me, it was a very intense spiritual journey,” she remembered of the recording made in March 2017.
“Whatever you believe, whether you’re religious or not, it’s a very powerful story to be experiencing. And I really felt like I was going on this journey through all the sonatas.”
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