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Christa Rakich Organ Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral: Works of J.S. Bach, Franck, Hindemith & Pamela Decker

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
>Franck, César : Pieces (3) for Organ
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for organ no 1
>Decker, Pamela : Rio abajo rio, for organ
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded at the 2000 National American Guild of Organists convention in Seattle on the large Flentrop tracker organ of Saint Mark's Cathedral, Christa Rakich's recital was cited by many as the most memorable event of the convention. Her program included Bach, Franck, Hindemith (Sonata I) and the world premier of Pamela Decker's "Rio abajo rio"

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is a recital played in St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle for the 2000 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The organ is the large, landmark 1965 Flentrop, which was renovated and enlarged in 1991 and sounds splendid in the cathedral's improved acoustics. Rakich is a fine player and delivers exciting performances of oft-recorded works. The Bach and Hindemith are particularly distinguished, with the 'Phantasie frei' movement of the Hindemith given just the right amount of wildness. Rio Abajo Rio, by the American composer Pamela Decker, was commissioned by the AGO for this occasion. It uses Puerto Rican hymn-tunes and an Argentine dance-song, which are combined in III. It is an engaging, gritty, and colorful work; and it sounds wonderful on this organ. The recorded sound is fine.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
  • Performer: Christa Rakich (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Pieces (3) for Organ :: Fantasie in A
  • Performer: Christa Rakich (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for organ no 1
  • Performer: Christa Rakich (Organ)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Decker, Pamela : Río abajo río, for organ
  • Performer: Christa Rakich (Organ)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999