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Violinist Christina Day Martinson Nominated for Best Instrumental Solo GRAMMY for Boston Baroque’s Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

January 7, 2019

Christina Day Martinson delivers a technical tour de force with Heinrich Biber’s astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional work for solo violin

Boston Globe Best of 2018
“Luminous” Early Music America
“Wonderfully detailed” Gramophone
“Gutsy, committed playing” BBC Music Magazine


Boston Baroque’s Concertmaster Christina Day Martinson has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her tour-de-force performance of the complete cycle of Heinrich Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas, with the Boston Baroque, released April 27 on Linn Records.

Martinson is joined on the album by Boston Baroque’s founder Martin Pearlman playing organ and harpsichord, with Michael Leopold on theorbo and guitar and Michael Unterman on cello.

In addition to the GRAMMY® Award nomination, The Mystery Sonatas has been praised by critics and audiences, and recently named one of the “Best Classical Recordings of 2018” by both the Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. In his recommendation, David Weininger of the Globe writes, “Ably supported by three Boston Baroque colleagues, the orchestra’s concertmaster bypasses mere virtuosity and gives earthy and dramatic performances of these treacherously difficult pieces.”

For more on the Boston Baroque’s recording of Heinrich Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas, click here.

Praise for Christina Day Martinson and the Boston Baroque for Biber: The Mystery Sonatas:

“Luminous… Achieving a wide range of hues in her tone, Martinson plays the expressive pieces flawlessly, sensitively supported by her Boston Baroque colleagues — harpsichordist, organist, and artistic director Martin Pearlman, theorboist and guitarist Michael Leopold, and cellist Michael Unterman. Left alone for the concluding Passacaglia, Martinson shows why this piece has been regarded as the greatest unaccompanied violin work before Johann Sebastian Bach took his pen to the form…The sound quality of these first-rate performances is clear, vivid, and present.” —Early Music America

“Christina Day Martinson makes light of the virtuosity of this deeply profound music.” —The Strad

“There can be absolutely no doubt of these players’ absolute mastery of this cycle. Martinsson’s performance is fervent, sincere and profoundly skilled. At times the raw emotion transmits to the strings of her violin in such a way that one can imagine it bleeding.” —Music Web International

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