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Ragtimes By The King Of Ragtime Writers - Joplin / Berman


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Ottavo   Catalog #: 70283   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boris Berman writes: ìFor many years, I have enjoyed playing the ragtimes of Scott Joplin, occasionally including them in my concerts. While preparing for this recording, I learned a great deal about this genre of music. The considerable variety and subtlety of nuance in Joplinís writing bring surprising richness to his music, far beyond the quaint charm universally accepted as the trademark of his style. Joplin clearly strives to go beyond the entertaining aspects of ragtime. Such pieces as Euphonic Sounds with their strange, daring modulations clearly show Joplinís ambition to expand his musical language and to be recognized as a ìserious composer.î In contrast to the recordings of Joplinís music done from the vantage point of rag and Read more jazz musicians or musicologists, this disc puts Joplinís music in the context of the classical piano repertoire. The sound of the modern concert grand Steinway used for this recording is definitely not what Joplin was hearing. On the other hand, it seemed to be of little artistic value to replicate the sonority of honky-tonk pianos which inhabited saloons of the American South at the turn of the century. I hope that the result that was achieved brings out the vitality and energy of the music which took both the New and the Old Worlds by storm and fascinated Debussy, Stravinsky and other masters of 20th century music.î Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
2.
Fig Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
3.
Peacherine Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
4.
Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
5.
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
6.
Weeping Willow by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; USA 
7.
Palm Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; USA 
8.
The Favorite by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
9.
Eugenia by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
10.
The Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
11.
Gladiolus Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
12.
Pine Apple Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
13.
Country Club by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
14.
Euphonic Sounds by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
15.
Paragon Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
16.
Scott Joplin's New Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
17.
Magnetic Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 

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