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Christa Rakich
 
Fulbright scholar Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule fŁr Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds Bachelorís degrees in organ and German from Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa). After receipt of her Masterís degree with honors from New England Conservatory, she was asked to join the faculty there, where she taught for several years. She has also served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College and the University of Connecticut, as artist-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and as assistant university organist at Harvard.  She is currently distinguished artist-in-residence at First Lutheran Church in Boston, MA, and directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, CT.  
 
A prize winner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach.
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From the Ashes: Music from Somers Congregational Church / Rakich, Schiano, Shearer A Tribute to Yuko Hayashi - Rakich Bach: Leipzig Chorales - Christa Rakich
Bach: Leipzig Chorales/Rakich (2 CDs!)
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Following a disastrous fire, Somers Congregational Church (Somers, CT) rebuilt their church and commissioned a new Richards-Fowkes organ The organ and acoustics are perfect for chamber music and intimate performances of organ solo literature.
This is the first recording of Richards, Fowkes Opus 16, located in Goodson Chapel at the Duke University Divinity School. The chapel space presents a warm acoustical environment, allowing the organ to project a solid but unforced sound. The new organ is a gem among the extraordinary collection of organs at Duke.

Rakich's imaginative programming explores new works by Woodman and Cooman, and new arrangements of works by Mendelssohn and Chaminade (with Wendy Rolfe, flute). Bach and Klas Bolt (longtime organist of the famous organ at St Bavo's Church in Haarlem, The Netherlands) complete the composer roster.

Recorded with 24-bit samples at a sampling rate of 96k.
A two-disc program of Bach's famous "Great Eighteen," performed by acclaimed organist Christa Rakich on two very different organs -- the Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston, and the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. The booklet contains program notes by the artist as well as full organ specifications and registrations.
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!)
Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich et al. (2 CDs!)
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Scored for organ (or pedal clavichord), the Bach trio sonatas can be played on a variety of instruments, as Christa Rakich demonstrates in this imaginative program. Six different organs, six different organ builders, and an assortment of period chamber music instruments are used on this double-CD set!
   
 
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