The Organ In A Russian Home (2019)

Rostovskaya, Gretchaninov, Lyadov, Cui, Odoevsky, GLINKA, Bach, Sperontes, Mozart, Charpentier, Krieger, Scheidt, Klavierboek

Olesya Rostovskaya

It is generally believed that organ music appeared in Russia about 150 years ago with the opening of the conservatoires in St Petersburg and Moscow. Friedrich Ladegast’s organ, which was used on this recording and is believed to be the oldest surviving organ in Russia, dates back to that era. In reality it was not merely 150 years but, rather, a thousand years ago that organ music entered Russia culture together with other forms of Byzantine art.

Organ has never been used by the Russian Orthodox Church, although for centuries it has been part of of ordianry life in the palaces of tsars and emperors, in the homes of nobility and of wealthy and educated people. It also became popular in folk art, with wandering buffoons but in 16th and 17th centuries their form of art was banned and their instruments destroyed.

At various times organists from Italy, Flanders and elsewhere came to Russia. They brought their music with them, settled and worked in the country. Owners of organs also loved to perform music. Home concerts became a refined form of entertainment and a significant element of social life.

Professional organ music emerged in Russia early in 19th century when composing music was no longer seen merely as entertainment but as an art form in its own right. Friedrich Ladegast's organ, the oldest instrument in Russia (built in 1868) was commissioned by Distinguished Citizen Vassili Khludov who organised concerts in his home. During the Soviet period, no one could afford an organ at home and Soviet school of organ performance originated in the Moscow Conservatoire which housed Ladegast's organ from 1898 to 1957. Today, when electronic organs have become quite affordable organ music can be performed at home once again.

Ladegast's organ has been housed in the Russian National Museum of Music since 1998 which is where this album was recorded.

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Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya was born in 1975. After graduating from The Russian Central Music School, she completed her study at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory (1993 - 2000) with specialization in composition (class of Professor and Head of CMC Composition Dept - Albert Leman) and in 2001 with specialization in organ (class of Professor Oleg Yanchenko). She began to play the thereminvox in 1999. In 2003, she began to play in the Russian bell tradition. In 2006 she began to play the carillon. She graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University in 2008 as carillonneur. In 2009, she graduated from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen (class of Professor Jo Haazen). Olesya works as a composer for symphony and chamber orchestras, different ensembles, choir, organ, carillon, thereminvox, vocal, music for theater, radio, electro acoustic music, which has been performed in Russia, East and West Europe and USA. Olesya is also an active performer with authentic, classical and contemporary repertoire and improvisations. She has recorded a CDs “Soul of a Bell: Russian Carillon Music”, “What Peter the Great heard from the carillon tower”, “Soul of a Bell - 2”, “Tanido Espagnol”, “16 Century Discothèque”, “The Bells of Northern Skies”, “Peals of the Rostov Kremlin”, “The Organ in a Russian Home”, she appeared in a series of radio programs, “Don Carillon”, and she presented carillon at different musical conferences and symposiums. Olesya presented Russian carillon guild on the World Carillon Congresses in USA, in Belgium and in Baeselona. Olesya’s music has received the following awards: Sacred music contest (1996), First National Young Composers Contest (1999), “New Generation Music” contest (2000), Massalitinov’s National Music Contest (2005), Piano Improvisation Contest (2006), Russian Artiada (2010). She is a member of Russian Composers Union, the Russian Association of Electro-Acoustic Music, the Association of Russian Organ Art and the Russian Carillon Foundation.

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The Organ In A Russian Home (2019)

Rostovskaya, Gretchaninov, Lyadov, Cui, Odoevsky, GLINKA, Bach, Sperontes, Mozart, Charpentier, Krieger, Scheidt, Klavierboek

Olesya Rostovskaya

Cables: Gotham
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Hapi
Headphones: Stax SR 407 with SRM 006tS tube amplifier
Microphones: Neumann KM140, Izmeritel M-101 with Oktava-Electron-Design P200 electronics, modified MicW N201 and M215
Producer: Olesya Rostovskaya
Recording Engineer: Alexey Pogarskiy
Recording Location: Russian National Museum of Music in Moscow, Russia
Recording Software: Merging Technologies Pyramix, Version 11
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Focal CMS 50

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Ceremonial music of the Byzantine Emperors
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Alla Trinita Beata
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Saltarello from the Tuscan Manuscript
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Almande
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Almande prynce
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Variations on Ach du feiner Reiter
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Menuet
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Bourree
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Menuet from Les Plaisirs de Versailles
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Polonoise from Singende Muse am der PleiBe
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Aria of Papageno from The Magic Flute
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Prelude and Fugue BWV 559
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Fugue
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Priere sans paroles
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Innocent Sincerity
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Spanish Marionettes
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A Timid Confession
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Prelude -pastoral from The Russian Album
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Great Litany from Liturgia Domestica
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Supplication Litany from Liturgia Domestica
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Choral in G
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