Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ragtime Piano Roll
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
There have been countless Scott Joplin CDs released. However, this CD has been meticulously converted from his original piano rolls, recorded digitally and restored with absolute brilliance and tasteful revival. Some of hi... more »
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There have been countless Scott Joplin CDs released. However, this CD has been meticulously converted from his original piano rolls, recorded digitally and restored with absolute brilliance and tasteful revival. Some of his works have been recorded hundreds of times and arranged for practically every conceivable instrumental combination, played by everything from symphony orchestras to ice cream trucks.
Alejandro Vázquez Del Arribas | mexico city | 01/25/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When Scott Joplin recorded in piano rolls he gave a "live quality" to his interpretation. It's the same live quality that you hear some (usually classical) MIDI files have, that means that someone actually played the tune in a keyboard, even though the output was only information about the time, pitch and volume of each note that had to be processed. As opposed to that, one can only program complete scores in music notation which many suited software will turn into interpretations. However, the computer gives the exact same duration to everynote, making this kind of MIDI dull. From what I read in the booklet, this is the way in which this CD was made, and at times it certainly gets pretty dull.
The piano sound is alright, I don't quite like it. I think it needs a little reverb to emulate an actual interpretation on a piano. Both the limpid results of straight MIDI to CD and the illusion of an actual piano coudl've been combined in order to achieve better results.
The songs are very good, I coudln't comment about the selection as I am not very famliar with Scott Joplin's ouvre. Another nice detail is the price.
Anyway, if you hear the samples online and you enjoy it like that chances are that you're gonna like this CD."
Kenneth Kaminsky | 03/12/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There was no reason to produce this CD except to exploit the name of Scott Joplin. The starting point may have been the piano rolls, but beyond that they were surely automated. The result? Absolutely perfect rhythm with not one ounce of interpretation. Joplin sounded nothing like this."
Not Played by Scott Joplin
CHL | Canyon Country, CA USA | 10/07/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The CD implies in its liner notes that these piano rolls were recorded by Scott Joplin. The notes state, "Scott Joplin produced a great number of perforated rolls..." In 1916, Joplin recorded seven piano rolls: "Something Doing," "Magnetic Rag," "Ole Miss Rag," "Weeping Willow Rag" and "Pleasant Moments - Ragtime Waltz" for the Connorized Company; and "Maple Leaf Rag" for both the Connorized and Aeolian companies.
The CD contains Joplin's compositions, but most, if not all, of the piano rolls were NOT recorded by Joplin.
The music on this CD does not have the high quality that can be achieved by a pianist such as Joshua Rifkin."