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Marches, Waltzes & Rags of Scott Joplin
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
This second volume of William Albright's Joplin recordings includes some rags and some other forms, such as marches and waltzes. Joplin wrote well in these forms too, though his early Crush Collision March (depicting a tra... more »
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This second volume of William Albright's Joplin recordings includes some rags and some other forms, such as marches and waltzes. Joplin wrote well in these forms too, though his early Crush Collision March (depicting a train wreck) is amusingly naïve. While these pieces aren't the best-known Joplin, some of them such as the gorgeous waltz Bethena and the Sunflower Slow Drag deserve to be in the Joplin pantheon. As on Volume 1, Joplin: Rags, Albright plays this music with charm, humor, and insight; he knows where the music comes from and he doesn't try to inflate it or vulgarize it. --Leslie Gerber
Distinguished renditions, on the finest piano
David B | GOUROCK, Renfrewshire United Kingdom | 10/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The piano used for this CD is a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand, and it's pleasing to think of Joplin's music being performed by a Professor of Music on this Austrian Emperor of pianos!
Listen to the low note at the end of Augustan Club Waltz to hear a meaty sound that no other piano can produce.
These are solid, musical, very listenable performances, faithful to the music "as wrote", and really this CD belongs in the collection of anyone interested in Joplin's music.
Sometimes I feel that the left hand is perhaps a little 'light', but perhaps that's just a quibble.
The recording of the Bosendorfer here has a warm, slightly 'forward' sound that is very different from the slightly detached or recessed sound of the (still excellent) 1970s Rifkin recordings on Nonesuch."