Organ and Bayan

Johann Sebastian Bach

MARKO PETRICIC, organ and bayan

2-CD set



"Petričić chooses to perform on the bayan for 15 out of 27 compositions, reserving the organ for the other 12, even when his instrumental choices often make life far more difficult for himself. One example comes in the Gloria, BWV 675, where the artist states that the work on the bayan 'poses a substantial challenge for the performer; having no good place to break the phrase, it is played with the bellows fully open.' One would not know that any of these difficulties exist in his performance of the work, so assured, so easy does he make everything seem. And so natural a player is he, and so easily does he handle the difficulties in these works that the music here truly shines. And the sound of the bayan? Like a small portative organ!... If you are on the lookout for a fine recording of the Clavier-Übung III with a few quirks, then Petričić’s version here on bayan and organ will surely satisfy that need."
Scott Noriega, Fanfare [September/October 2023]
"This rather unusual performance...offers and enlightening and surprisingly affecting interpretation of the piece."
Amber Wingler, SAI Pan Pipes [Summer 2023]
"As an experiment in contrasting and occasionally complementary sonorities, Petričić’s performance is thoroughly engaging and involving."
InfoDad [June 2023]
Marko Petričić is an accomplished bayan-accordion performer, having won top prizes at International competitions in Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia and the United States. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic, and for Yugoslav National Radio and Television. As a keyboardist, he has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions featuring a wide range of repertoire, including works by John Adams, Maurice Duruflé, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitri Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky and John Williams. He has performed under the batons of Roberto Abbado, Edo De Waart, Giancarlo Guerrero, Leonard Slatkin and Krszystof Urbanski, and many others.  Petričić has presented recitals and master classes of Clavierübung III at University of Toronto, University of Belgrade and Indiana University, and also taught a master class and performed at Shanghai Normal University. During the summer of 2014, Petričić presented a scholarly paper entitled “Performing Organ works on the Bayan Accordion” at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Boston. He has taught, performed and presented at the Valparaiso University Pipe Organ Encounter 2015, and served as Director for the Pipe Organ Encounter at the University of Indianapolis in 2014. His performance of Naji Hakim’s “Messe Solennelle” with the Indianapolis Festival Chorus at Christ Church Cathedral was broadcasted on National Public Radio’s Pipe Dreams program. An active church musician, Petričić is currently Music Associate and Organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church and was previously Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, and Choir Director and Organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. Petričić, who taught applied organ lessons and organ literature at Indiana University, is currently an adjunct professor of organ and sacred music at the University of Indianapolis. Petričić holds MM and DMA degrees from Indiana University, where he studied with Christopher Young. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University where he studied with H. Joseph Butler.

FISK ORGAN: Opus 154 (2020)
Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

From the outset, discussions for a new organ at Northminster Presbyterian Church revolved around the need for a versatile instrument to lead the congregation in hymn singing, accompany the church’s superb 3-voice choir, and be able to perform a wide range of organ literature that would make the best use of a confined chancel placement. With these three goals identified, a concept developed for the organ concurrent with a re-imagined chancel. In the new design scheme, the proscenium and side walls that bounded the existing organ chamber would be removed, increasing both volume and the footprint of the chancel area, creating a single acoustical space for music-making and the spoken word. Design ideas for the organ and chancel layout were tested in a 1:16 scale model, allowing for thorough examination and discussion of merits and limitations. The result of the collaborative effort that took place is the Fisk organ heard in these recordings, an instrument in an acoustically supportive environment that serves the larger needs of the church and supports the continued development of a robust music ministry. The specifications of the instrument lean toward the German Baroque, but include an enclosed, front-toback Swell division for effective accompaniment functions. The organ is thus eclectic in that it combines a German principal chorus and Schnitger-style reeds on Great and Pedal with French Romantic flues and Hautbois in the Swell. Opus 154 has a sensitive and responsive tracker key action in all divisions, a lively and buoyant wind system, and state-of-the-art combination action.
CLAVIER-ÜBUNG III (Bärenreiter Edition)

CD 1
Praeludium pro Organo pleno BWV 552/1 organ
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 organ
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670 organ
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 organ
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (alio modo), BWV 672 bayan
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673 bayan
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674 bayan
Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 675 bayan
Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 676 organ
Fughetta super: Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 677 bayan
Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot’, BWV 678 organ
Fughetta super: Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot’, BWV 679 bayan
Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott, BWV 680 organ
Fughetta super: Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott, BWV 681 bayan
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682 organ
Vater unser im Himmelreich (alio modo), BWV 683 bayan

CD 2
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684 organ
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (alio modo), BWV 685 bayan
Aus tiefer Not schrei’ ich zu dir, BWV 686 organ
Aus tiefer Not schrei’ ich zu dir (alio modo), BWV 687 bayan
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland..., BWV 688 organ
Fuga super: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689 bayan
Duetto I, BWV 802 bayan
Duetto II, BWV 803 bayan
Duetto III, BWV 804 bayan
Duetto IV, BWV 805 bayan
Fuga a 5 con pedale pro Órgano pleno BWV 552/2 organ

Recorded 26-28 May 2022 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Recorded, edited and mastered by Michael Hughes, TTL Audio Productions. Recording consultant: Ted Gibonney

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