April 5, 2017

Scott Joplin ‎- The Entertainer: Classic Ragtime Piano Solos From Rare Piano Rolls


A1. The Entertainer (S. Joplin) (3:43)
A2. The Easy Winners (S. Joplin) (3:31)
A3. Pine Apple Rag (S. Joplin) (3:21)
A4. Solace (S. Joplin) (4:39)
A5. Gladiolus Rag (S. Joplin) (3:48)
A6. The Ragtime Dance (S. Joplin) (3:37)
B1. Sugar Cane (S. Joplin) (3:29)
B2. The Crush Collision March (S. Joplin) (4:12)
B3. Bethena - A Concert Waltz (S. Joplin) (4:33)
B4. Combination March (S. Joplin) (3:30)
B5. A Breeze From Alabama (S. Joplin) (4:03)

The first three tracks of this CD (LP) are audio recordings from piano rolls cut by Scott Joplin himself in April and May of 1916. They are excellent and give any pianist great insight as to how Joplin meant the pieces to be played, both in terms of tempo and phrasing. Joplin also includes embellishments that are not reflected in the printed sheet music. These recordings are thus great resources for advanced pianists ready for bigger challenges.

The remaining tracks are unfortunately rather mechanical and lifeless - at least when contrasted to those played by Joplin himself. For this reason, I rate the CD (LP) at only four stars. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend the CD (LP) to anyone who is serious about playing Scott Joplin's pieces or simply loves his music.

Biograph Records ‎BLP-1013Q-Stereo; Biograph Records 9283 114

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3 comments:

rm said...

thank you very much

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...
P.S. no scans???....

francisco santos said...

sorry, scans included...
THX!...