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Brass Knuckles - Contemporary Ragtime / Tony Caramia


Release Date: 07/01/1997 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 253   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Trebor Jay TichenorWilliam BolcomWilliam AlbrightMax Morath,   ... 
Performer:  Tony Caramia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These "new" rags are generally faithful to the spirit of the golden age of ragtime, as exemplified by Joplin. Joplin was fully aware of the theatrical possibilities of the format, and was not averse to adding a programmatic spin to some of his own pieces. Some of these later-day ragsters add distinctly late-20th-century touches, including the playful dissonance of Bolcom, and especially, the Phillip Glass-style droning of the Minimalist Rag by Kevin Putz, which is barely recognizable as the same format that Joplin worked in. Most of the rest of the material here is really quite traditional. The individual composers offer some unique touches, such as a jazzy virtuosity in Robert Frost's piece for the 1984 Olympics, or the dueling Read more key signatures of Minnie-Rag by Sydney Hodgkinson. Many of the other rags favor leisurely tempos, and Tony Caramia, who teaches at the Eastman School of Music, performs them with the proper gentle pace. A delightful recital, all told.

- Peter Burwasser, Fanfare

"...Albright's rags have a dreamlike, bittersweet quality; Tichenor's is so big and racy it sounds like two pianos; Hodkinson's is a spare exercise for right hand only, while Frost's are rich and sensuous....Tony Caramia, who contributes a `Travelin' Two-Step' of his own plays with plenty of charm and snap....This is the ultimate poker music for classical music lovers."

- American Record Guide, (11-12/97, pp.238-39) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Show Me Rag "A Missouri Defiance" by Trebor Jay Tichenor
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Ghost Rags (3): The Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Brass Knuckles by William Albright
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was written in collaboration with William Bolcom. 
4.
Dream Rags: Morning Reveries by William Albright
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Ghost Rags (3): Dream Shadows by William Bolcom
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
The Garden of Eden: The Serpent's Kiss by William Bolcom
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
The Golden Hours by Max Morath
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Travelin' Two-Step by Tony Caramia
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Olympic Stride Waltz by Robin Frost
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Nocturne by Robin Frost
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11.
Satisfaction by Robin Frost
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
12.
Queen of Violets by Glenn Jenks
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13.
Minnie-Rag by Sydney Hodkinson
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
Minimalist Rag by Kevin Puts
Performer:  Tony Caramia (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Show Me Rag (A Missouri Defiance)
The Dream Rags: No. 3. Morning Reveries
3 Novelty Rags: No. 3. Brass Knuckles
3 Ghost Rags: No. 1. The Graceful Ghost
3 Ghost Rags: No. 3. Dream Shadows
The Garden of Eden: III. Serpent's Kiss
The Golden Hours
Travelin' Two-Step
Olympic Stride Waltz
Nocturne
Satisfaction
Queen of Violets
Minnie-Rag (Kwazy Kwilt for Minnie-Mouse's Birthday)
Minimalist Rag

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