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«Let the Organ Peal Out Once More…»

To the World Theatre Day
The Pipe Organ Music Night
The First Concert with the restored Odessa Opera Pipe Organ
Programme in 2 parts

Running time: 2 hours

Stage Director – Oksana TARANENKO
The concert participants:
Eugenia LISITSYNA, a pipe organist at the Dome Cathedral (Riga)
Vasyl NAVROTSKY, People’s Artist of Ukraine
Larisa ZUENKO, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Tetyana SPAS’KA, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Laureates of International Singing Competitions:

The Concert Hostess is Lyudmila SERGEICHUK

Part 1

1. Johann Sebastian BACH
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA

2. Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL
Demetrio's aria Si, tra i ceppi from the opera Berenice, regina d'Egitto (Berenice, Queen of Egypt)

Performed by Vadim TCHERNIGOVSKY and Eugenia LISITSYNA

3. Antonio VIVALDI
Summer from the Four Seasons cycle
Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA

4. Antonio VIVALDI
Irene’s aria Sposa son disprezzata from the opera
Performed by Tetyana SPAS’KA, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, and Eugenia LISITSYNA

5. Antonín Leopold DVOŘÁK
Gipsy Song
Performed by Oleg ZLAKOMAN and Eugenia LISITSYNA

Baba-Yaga (The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá) and Bogatyrskiye vorota (The Bogatyr Gates) from the cycle
Pictures at Exhibition
Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA 

Part 2

1. Johann Sebastian BACH
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor
Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA

2. Julio CACCINI
Ave Maria
Performed by Julia TERESHCHUK and Eugenia LISITSYNA

3. Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL
Serse’s (Xerxes) aria Ombra mai fu from the opera Serse (Xerxes)

Performed by People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl NAVROTSKY and Eugenia LISITSYNA

4. Henry PURCELL
Dido's area from the opera Dido and Aeneas

Performed by Natalia PAVLENKO and Eugenia LISITSYNA

5. Johann Sebastian BACH
Chorale cantata Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (From deep affliction I cry out to you)

Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA

6. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Laudate Dominum (O, Praise the Lord), Psalm 117

Performed by Inga MARTYNOVA and Eugenia LISITSYNA

7. Johann Sebastian BACH – Charles GOUNOD
Ave Maria
Performed by Larisa ZUENKO, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, and Eugenia LISITSYNA

8. Louis VIERNE
Westminster Abbey Bells
Performed by Eugenia LISITSYNA 

Eugenia LISITSYNA’s Biography

Eugenia LISITSYNA finished Music School in Sverdlovsk and then entered the piano class of Prof. Vladimir NELSON at the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. She started the pipe organ lessons simultaneously.

Eugenia LISITSYNA. The photo was taken from the website ExpertOnline

The musician graduated from the pipe organ class of Nikolay VANADZINSH at the Yan Vitol Conservatory of Latvia (at present Academy of Music) in 1968. While she was studying she played 40 solo concerts, recorded her first LD and was awarded with the P. Tchaikovsky Scholarship.

Eugenia LISITSYNA has linked her life with the Dome Cathedral and the unique pipe organ that is considered to be its symbol. “The Dome Cathedral is Riga’s face. It was built and rebuilt together with the city, burnt and resurrected out of ashes. One cannot imagine Riga without it. The more often I play here the deeper I understand that something good is happening to them. There have been so many people in it! The Cathedral walls are likely to have absorbed everything the people visiting the Cathedral have been feeling and talking about within centuries. It is a pleasure to communicate with the pipe organ! It is a divine musical instrument that fully belongs to the building it lives in creating one acoustic, meaningful, emotional and philosophical entity”, Eugenia LISITSYNA says.

Between 1999 and 2001 the pipe organist put to life a grandiose idea. She performed all BACH’s works for organ in one cycle on the Riga Dome Cathedral organ. The cycle totalled to 17 concerts dedicated to the 315th birthday anniversary of BACH and the 800th anniversary of Riga foundation.

Eugenia LISITSYNA’s repertoire is huge. It includes all J. S. BACH’s works for organ, compositions by М. REGER, S. FRANK, F. MENDELSOHN, F. LIST, O. MESSIAEN, L.VIERNE, Russian and Latvian composers.

Eugenia LISITSYNA says, “A pipe organ has rich potential comparable to the one of a symphony orchestra and the famous symphony music acquires new wonderful features in a pipe organ sound not mentioning the pleasure I am having myself playing it”.

The musician has set A. VIVALDI’s Four Seasons for organ. She is also an author for A. VIVALDI’s Gloria organ set (for chorus and organ), Pictures at an Exhibition by M. MUSSORGSKY (for organ and percussions), Suite in Ancient Style by A. SCHNITTKE (for organ and percussions), Musical Sacrifice by J. S. BACH, piano compositions by J. S. BACH, L. van Beethoven, F. POULENC and other composers.

Eugenia LISITSYNA is a Laureate of the M. K. Čiurlionis International Organ Competition in Vilnius (1968). The organist has played more than 1,000 concerts in the cities of former Soviet Union as well as in many countries of Europe. She has been a frequent participant of international organ festivals.

In 2002 the musician marked the 110th birthday anniversary of her teacher, N. VANADZINSH, with the cycle of nine concerts “Masterpieces of World’s Organ Music” that included compositions by A. VIVALDI, J. S. BACH, M. REGER, S. FRANK, French, Russian and Latvian composers. Eugenia LISITSYNA has recorded more than 20 LDs and 9 CDs. The Latvian Radio has a rich collection of Eugenia’s recordings. 





December, 2020