Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
William Bolcom is my kind of musician: a fine composer of varied music, and a terrific pop and ragtime pianist. Unlike many contemporary players, Bolcom always heeds Joplin's directive never to play ragtime fast. He captur... more »
William Bolcom is my kind of musician: a fine composer of varied music, and a terrific pop and ragtime pianist. Unlike many contemporary players, Bolcom always heeds Joplin's directive never to play ragtime fast. He captures the cakewalk rhythm of Joplin's rags, and plays the gorgeous waltz Bethena as beautifully as you'll ever hear it. This is an excellent selection of Joplin's pieces without a second-rate work in the bunch, beautifully recorded in stylistically aware performances. The intelligent annotations give you a good sense of Joplin's accomplishment and place in American music. This is probably the best single-disc Joplin collection on the market. --Leslie Gerber
The best ragtime you'll ever hear
Jean Reynolds | Winter Haven, FL USA | 06/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"William Bolcom is the best ragtime pianist alive. You'll play this CD over and over. It's not just that he's so good technically--he interprets the rags beautifully. My favorites are "The Ragtime Dance" (the introduction is almost majestic) and the "Magnetic Rag." And then there's the "Maple Leaf Rag," so familiar yet so special....If you're going to buy one ragtime album, this is the one to get."
Euphohnic Sounds by William Bolcolm
Reita R. McGee | Fishers, In USA | 11/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a one of a kind! I have owned this for about ten years, and still enjoy it as much as when I found it! Mr. Bolcom does indeed convey that special touch and rhythm that we Joplin lovers think sounds just as he would have played. Note: I did not know I was a fan of Joplin until discussing "The Sting" (movie) with a professionl pianist. Even if you think you don't like ragtime, this is one to own!"