WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Joplin: Ragtime / Rifkin, Southland Stingers


Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 76980   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua RifkinDominick FeraAllan HarshmanMarie Fera,   ... 
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joshua Rifkin has been closely associated with the music of Scott Joplin ever since his release of three LPs on Nonesuch in the early '70s, though later that decade he also recorded a selection of the best-known rags for EMI. The later recordings appear on this compilation, and the grace and intelligence Rifkin brought to his earlier interpretations hold him in good stead here. In a few cases Rifkin plays quite briskly, noticeably in the Maple Leaf Rag and the Pine Apple Rag; however, rags generally are not supposed to be played fast but at a more leisurely pace, and Rifkin generally follows a moderate tempo, as in his gentle handling of The Entertainer, The Easy Winners, and the Joplin/Louis Chauvin collaboration Heliotrope Bouquet. Many Read more of the selections will be familiar to casual listeners from the soundtrack to the popular 1973 film The Sting, though they are in their original keyboard form and not presented in Marvin Hamlisch's jaunty band arrangements. As if to emphasize that point, EMI has filled this album with six other arrangements, performed by pianist Ralph Grierson with the Southland Stingers, conducted by George Sponhaltz. While these are still in the same vein as Hamlisch's work, one wishes the beautiful waltz Bethena had been spared the palm court treatment and presented instead in its solo piano version. Still, this collection is enjoyable for its infectious music and crisp sound.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
2.
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
3.
The Easy Winners by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
4.
Gladiolus Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
5.
Pine Apple Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
6.
Bethena by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Dominick Fera (Clarinet), Allan Harshman (Viola), Marie Fera (Cello),
Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass), Shelly Manne (Drums), Ralph Grierson (Piano),
Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), Ronnie Lang (Flute), John Audino (Trumpet),
Mario Guarneri (Trumpet), Roy Poper (Trumpet), Dick Nash (Trombone),
Tommy Johnson (Tuba), Jerry Vinci (Violin), Nathan Ross (Violin)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 
7.
The Favorite by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Dominick Fera (Clarinet), Ralph Grierson (Piano), Ronnie Lang (Flute),
Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), John Audino (Trumpet), Mario Guarneri (Trumpet),
Roy Poper (Trumpet), Dick Nash (Trombone), Tommy Johnson (Tuba),
Jerry Vinci (Violin), Nathan Ross (Violin), Shelly Manne (Drums),
Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass), Marie Fera (Cello), Allan Harshman (Viola)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 
8.
Stoptime Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Shelly Manne (Drums), Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass), Marie Fera (Cello),
Allan Harshman (Viola), Nathan Ross (Violin), Jerry Vinci (Violin),
Tommy Johnson (Tuba), Dick Nash (Trombone), Roy Poper (Trumpet),
Mario Guarneri (Trumpet), John Audino (Trumpet), Dominick Fera (Clarinet),
Ronnie Lang (Flute), Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), Ralph Grierson (Piano)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 
9.
Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
10.
Paragon Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
11.
Solace by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
12.
Magnetic Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA (11/30/1979 - 12/01/1979) 
13.
A Breeze from Alabama by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Marie Fera (Cello), Allan Harshman (Viola), Nathan Ross (Violin),
Jerry Vinci (Violin), Tommy Johnson (Tuba), Dick Nash (Trombone),
Roy Poper (Trumpet), Mario Guarneri (Trumpet), John Audino (Trumpet),
Dominick Fera (Clarinet), Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), Ronnie Lang (Flute),
Ralph Grierson (Piano), Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass), Shelly Manne (Drums)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 
14.
Pleasant Moments by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Nathan Ross (Violin), Allan Harshman (Viola), Marie Fera (Cello),
Ronnie Lang (Flute), Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), Dominick Fera (Clarinet),
Mario Guarneri (Trumpet), John Audino (Trumpet), Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass),
Shelly Manne (Drums), Dick Nash (Trombone), Jerry Vinci (Violin),
Ralph Grierson (Piano), Roy Poper (Trumpet), Tommy Johnson (Tuba)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 
15.
Wall Street Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Ronnie Lang (Flute), Ronnie Lang (Piccolo), John Audino (Trumpet),
Mario Guarneri (Trumpet), Shelly Manne (Drums), Dick Nash (Trombone),
Tommy Johnson (Tuba), Jerry Vinci (Violin), Ralph Grierson (Piano),
Nathan Ross (Violin), Allan Harshman (Viola), Marie Fera (Cello),
Dominick Fera (Clarinet), Roy Poper (Trumpet), Chuck Del'Monico (Double Bass)
Conductor:  George Sponhaltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southland Stingers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: George Sponhaltz.
Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (01/30/1974 - 02/04/1974) 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In