Episode 64, April 23, 2017

The King of Instruments is a one-hour show airing Sunday evenings at 6:00pm on the Radio Arts Foundation in St. Louis. It is a joint production of the St. Louis AGO and the Organ Media Foundation. Hear it in the St. Louis region on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD2, or you can listen online from anywhere in the world via at rafstl.org.

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This week we visit Russia for some organ music and transcriptions from that gigantic region.

Hosts: Mark Scholtz, Bill Stein, Brent Johnson
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Title: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila Transcribed by Eric Plutz
Composer: Mikhail Glinka
Organist: Eric Plutz
Album: Carnival – Pro Organo CD 7227
Organ: 1928 IV/135 EM Skinner/Mander, Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Title: Samarkand Suite

  • I. Qasida to the Master Builders of Ancient Samarkand
  • II. On the Deserted Hills of Afrasiyab
  • III. The Flowering River Valley of the Zeravshan
  • V. Samarkand in the Light of the Rising Sun


Composer: Georgy Mushel
Organist: Benjamin Saunders
Album: 500 Years of Organ Music, Disc 45 – Brilliant Classics 95310
Organ: 1904 IV/55 Norman and Beard/Klais, Leeds Cathedral, Leeds, England

Title: Concerto for Violin and Organ – I. Grave, Allegro moderato, Meno mosso Robert Murray, violin
Composer: Victor Volshinov
Organist: Ardyth Lohuis
Album: Breached Borders, Works for Violin and Organ, Vol 3 – Raven OAR 370
Organ: 1950 IV/75 Aeolian-Skinner, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Title: From the music fo the film The Gadfly, op. 97 – 10. The Cathedral Service
Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich
Organist: Iain Quinn
Album: The Tsar of Instruments – Chandos CHAN 10043
Organ: 1851 IV/108 Willis/Harrison and Harrison, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England

Title: Praeludium in A-flat major
Composer: Cesar Cui
Organist: Martin Rost
Album: Organ Landscape: Lithuania – MDG 319 1559-2
Organ: 1892 II/20 Masalskis, Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pumpenai, Lithuania

Title: Toccata
Composer: Georgy Mushel
Organist: Peter Crompton
Album: Toccatas and Roses – Priory PRCD 6002
Organ: 1933 IV/59 Hill, Norman and Beard, Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook, England