The piano roll sound of ragtime
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Watching all-time favorite film "The Sting" on cable reintroduced me to the great Marvin Hamlisch score and set me to thinking about getting a Joplin album. Searching Amazon, I found this recording.What the online description does NOT tell you is that this recording is comprised of piano roll performances. As such, there is little or no variation in volume or sustain, giving the recording a perky quality, rather than the more contemplative quality of the Hamlisch interpretations.Liner notes discuss the piano roll industry of Joplin's time, including the practice of liberally interpreting scores into three- and four-hand arrangmetns. this recording consists of vintage-era performances, and also modern-era performances by piano roll collectors who punched their own.I found this an interesting addition to my music library from the historical standpoint, but for "pure listenability"... well, I'm going to order the Hamlisch "Sting" soundtrack, short though it is."