In the late 80's, five university students vowing a common admiration for Metallica, Iron Maiden and the likes formed the band Physeter; under that moniker, they covered their idols' material while composing a few pieces of their own. As new members entered their circle, however, they started to integrate other influences into their sound, borrowing from the more symphonic style of PFM or Banco. Renaming themselves Imagin' Aria, they released a first of three albums that prompted a series of concerts sponsored by Heineken and earned them a couple of stage appearances with Banco as well as a contribution on a Demetrios Stratos tribute…
Just a generation ago, Heinrich von Biber's Rosary (or "Mystery") Sonatas were looked upon as ultra-rare repertoire, the sort of thing a Classical record collector would have to go out of his/her way to obtain on recordings. It appears that by now anyone who plays Baroque violin music to any degree of seriousness has had contact with Biber's sonatas, and there are no less than 20 complete or near complete recordings of Rosary Sonatas available.
Sébastien Marq plays with virtuosity and expressive finesse and he is imaginatively supported by Ensemble Matheus.–BBC Music Magazine
Ever since Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi stood in the limelight of the stage, they have incessantly received praise and prizes. They know how to be cleverly carried by the Vivaldi wave. They present a fascinating, lively vision of the music of the "red priest", but also take into account the findings of musicology. What a pleasure to hear these virtuosos! A joy that will not be lost even if repeated listening. There is something to discover here.–Pierre Guillaume