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The Early Ragtime': Tom Turpin, Scott Joplin, James Scott, Bix Beiderbecke
Shield, L.R.: Laurel and Hardy. Original Piano Music + Song Album (1930-31)
Shield, L.R.: Laurel and Hardy. Original Piano Music (1930-31, 1935-36)
Satie, E.: Early & Esoteric Piano Works [3-album set]
Gershwin, G.: (Complete) Published Piano Works
Chopin, F.: Piano Works, IV (Valses Op. 34; Nocturnes Op. 32; Sonata No. 2 Op. 35; Mazurkas Op. 30)
Chopin, F.: Piano Works, III (Ballades Op. 23, 38, 52; Mazurkas Op. 50; Impromptu Op. 51; Polonaise Op. 53 'Eroic')
Chopin, F.: Piano Works, II (Sonata No. 3 Op. 58; Valses Op. 64; Mazurkas Op. 59; Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61)
Chopin, F.: Piano Works, I (Ballade Op. 47; Mazurkas Op. 63; Nocturnes Op. 62; Prelude Op. 45)
Chopin, F.: Complete Nocturnes [2-album set]

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Joplin, S.: Ragtimes and Waltzes [2-album set]

Alessandro Simonetto, Piano

Album(s): 2

Album catalog: OC18022d
EAN/UPC: 0/634065037512
Original audio available @ 88.2 kHz * 24 bits

 

Album content:

Joplin, S.: Ragtimes [30]
Joplin, S./Marshall, A.: Ragtimes [2]
Joplin, S./Hayden, S.: Ragtimes [1]
Joplin, S.: Waltzes [3]
Joplin, S.: The School of Ragtime

Description:

It is difficult not to be won over by the rhythm and unmistakable thematic creativity of Scott Joplin's compositions. Born in 1867 or ’68 (the exact date is not known) and gifted with a natural talent, Joplin began to play as a self-taught pianist in the wealthy homes at which his mother worked as a maid. Later, he took piano lessons and learned the craft as a composer, which is evident in the beautiful balance we identify in his works. Before turning thirty, Joplin was already known in the saloons, thanks in particular to Maple Leaf Rag, a piece that marks the evolution of a genre, and that makes him known to the wide public as “The King of Ragtime.”
This present set contains Joplin’s most significant compositions – thirty Ragtimes (including the rarely recorded “The School of Ragtime”) and three Waltzes. Thanks to its accurate chronological order, this recording reveals the composer’s evolution of both form and style. Some of his more or less known ragtimes (Maple Leaf Rag, Peacherine Rag, Something Doing, Swipesy, The Entertainer, Palm Leaf Rag, Eugenia, Gladiolus Rag, Wall Street Rag, Rose Leaf Rag, Fig Leaf Rag, Euphonic Sounds, Magnetic Rag, Scott Joplin's New Rag) could be labeled as true masterpieces for their quality, balance, and refinement. One might even say that Joplin is the Mozart of Jazz.
The performance of polymath Alessandro Simonetto emphasizes the coloristic and rhythmic nature of Joplin’s compositions, so often undermined and mistreated.
The recording was made on a Steinway D-274 owned by Simonetto, who was also the recording engineer (original at 88.2/24-bits).

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Credits:

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2017
Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Equipment used: Sennheiser mics.
Instrument(s) used: 9-foot Steinway D piano, 'Ferrari-O'
Photo/paint on cover: N/A
Artwork: ©OnClassical
An OnClassical production, ©2017

   
 

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