Episode 64, April 23, 2017

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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
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

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