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|Scott Joplin, Charles N. Daniels, B. Coleman|
Genres: Jazz, Classical
This two-disc set is billed as Joplin's "complete rags," which isn't quite true--there are several more in William Albright's Joplin: Marches, Waltzes & Rags. But there are 34 rags in this set, most of them essential bits ... more »
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This two-disc set is billed as Joplin's "complete rags," which isn't quite true--there are several more in William Albright's Joplin: Marches, Waltzes & Rags. But there are 34 rags in this set, most of them essential bits of Americana. I had been partial to a Joplin set by Richard Zimmerman, which was very stylishly played. But Albright's playing is just as stylish and he's much better recorded on a much better piano, which this music deserves. Two CDs of Joplin rags might be a bit much for some people, who might be better served with Bolcom (Omega OCD 3001) or Arpin (Pro Arte CDD 397). But for real Joplin lovers, this set is a treat all the way through. --Leslie Gerber
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Philly Gal | Philadelphia, PA USA | 11/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is delightful listening. All 34 pieces are pure piano Joplin rag the way it was meant to be played. We got this set for one of our sons who requested it as a learning aid: he wanted to be selected as pianist for a college theater performance. It must have worked, because he got the job! He gave it back to us recently, so, 10 years down the road we listened to all of it for the first time. Don't expect to hear music such as Hamlisch's sountrack of "THE STING" - Joplin didn't write for orchestration, so any of his pieces you might hear with accompaniment is an adaptation/interpretation. All of Joplin's rhythm and tone bloom beautifully and perfectly on piano alone.
Joplin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer in 1976, poor reward for the man who revolutionized American popular music and set much of the foundation of American jazz. This compilation rightfully opens with his most successful 1899 piece "Maple Leaf Rag", which was the first instrumental to sell over one million copies of sheet music - imagine that, more sheet music sold than Mozart! But do listen through the entire set, and you will hear an incredible range of mood and tone. It isn't just ragtime - it's the root of modern American popular music.
Pianist and music professor William Albright was a composer and celebrated organist. He was also a ragtime enthusiast, happily for those who love this music. His untimely death in 1998 was a setback for fans who awaited his concert tours and newest compositions."
Monday 317 | Chicagoland | 12/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well I'm sorry the one feller got a broken jewel box, but he should be rating the music, not the packaging! The fact is, compared to virtually any other performance of Scott Joplin's music you'll hear, William Albright nails it perfectly. The man studied Joplin, listened to his piano rolls, read his writings and learned his thoughts on what Joplin's intentions were and has captured them beautifully. His playing on these recordings is exquisite and consistant--you wouldn't know if he sat down and did the whole thing in a day or a year; his interpretations remain the same. Rifkin is good, but to me, a bit shallow and sometimes overdone, and as a musician and engineer, I can tell when he's in a different mood, or when his producer added a bit here or there. This Albright compilation is clean and sets the standard by which one should approach the mastery of Scott Joplin. As this is a complete collection and expertly recorded, for all but live performances, I would suggest others go record something else. William Albright has done it all!"