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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN]
1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN

[1969 Schuke in the Small Hall at Moscow Conservatory, Russia]
1969 Schuke organ in the Small Hall at Moscow Conservatory, Russia

[1979 Fisk at House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN]
1979 C.B. Fisk organ at House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN

From Russia With Love

A centenary tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich [1906-1975], and recital performances by guest Daniel Zaretsky, who introduces little-known music from an unlikely source.

Flash Player Audio Icon Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of September 18, 2006

David Zaretsky interview
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Audio Daniel Zaretsky talks about his early interest in pipe organs and the evolving situation regarding organs in Saint Petersburg

Audio Audiences for organ recitals in Russia are remarkably large because relatively few pipe organs exist in Russia today, and because the organ is not a fixture either in Russia’s traditional religious live or its former Soviet culture.

Audio Zaretsky talks about the present situation with pipe organs Russian in performance spaces.

Audio What does it mean to be Organist of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall…what are your duties?

Audio What is the most popular piece of Russian organ music?

Audio With new pipe organs coming to Russia today, are young composers showing a renewed interest in writing for these instruments?

Audio Are there any indigenous Russian organ builders?

Audio If you were offered one wish to improve the status of the pipe organ in Russia, for what would you wish?

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Music played in the program

MICHAIL GLINKA: Fugue in E-flat. GREGORY CATOIRE: Praeludium in g. SERGEJ TANEYEV: Choral varie. CHRISTOPHOR KUSCHNAREV: Passacaglia –Daniel Zaretsky (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 12, 2004

DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: The Cathedral Service, from The Gadfly, Opus 97 –Iain Quinn (1854 Henry Willis; 1988 Harrison/Cathedral, Winchester, England, UK) Chandos CD-10043

DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (transcribed by Anderson): Prelude & Fugue Number 20 in c, Opus 87 –Christopher Anderson (1979 C.B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded October 9, 2005

GEORGI MUSHEL: Toccata. GENNADI BELOV: Choral and Postludium. SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Delusion, Prelude, Opus 12, number 6; Fairy-Tale. ERNEST KÖHLER: Variations on the Old Russian National Anthem –Daniel Zaretsky (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 12, 2004