Published: June 02, 2009
In 1973, Dr. Haig Mardirosian recorded what many classical music
collectors consider a preeminent performance of the complete organ works
of Johannes Brahms. Thirty-five years later, the internationally
renowned concert organist and new dean of the College of Arts and
Letters had the rare opportunity to re-record the masterpiece.
resulting recording was released last month on the Centaur Records
label, among the oldest and largest independent classical labels in the
United States. Mardirosian recorded the collection at the Church of the
Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington, D.C., on a pipe organ built by
“The athleticism of making music is driven by
youth,” Mardirosian said, “but the person who has the greatest insight
into the meaning of those movements is someone older.”
Centaur Records inquired about a new box-set recording of the famed
composer, Mardirosian delighted in the possibility of a poetic variation
on his young adulthood.
“It’s a really wonderful opportunity to
revise and prove that people actually change, and their viewpoint about
art changes,” he said.
The 50-minute recording features Brahms’
famous choral preludes and fugues for the organ and includes the prelude
on “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen,” recognizable as a Christmas carol.
who has his own artist page on iTunes, has released more than a dozen
recordings throughout his career. His recordings have been broadcast on
ABC-TV, the BBC, PBS and the Voice of America. He regularly contributes
reviews and feature stories to music industry publications, including a
monthly column in
The American Organist
comes to UT from American University and begins his post as dean on July
1. He looks forward to performing recitals and possibly recording on
the 3,184-pipe, 45-foot Dobson organ in the
Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values
, which is under construction.
“This Dobson organ – make no mistake – is going to be a very important instrument,” he said.
Complete Organ Works of Johannes Brahms” (2009) is available for
purchase by Centaur Records, and individual tracks are available for
download on iTunes (keyword search: Haig Mardirosian).