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JOPLIN: Piano Rags, Vol. 2

Composer(s):Joplin, ScottMarshall, Arthur
Artist(s) Loeb, Benjamin, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.559277
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Scott Joplin’s musical interests were considerably broader than what could be expressed in ragtime – he composed two operas (Treemonisha is considered by many to be his masterpiece), a ballet, and two orchestral works – he is best remembered today as the ‘King of the Ragtime Writers’, the master of freely syncopated and extraordinarily inventive piano rags. This recording includes the whirling, scintillating Stoptime Rag, the nostalgic Gladiolus Rag, and Joplin’s last ever work for piano, Reflection Rag. Volume One is available on Naxos 8.559114.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2007

I got caught up in the Scott Joplin revival that hit the world some thirty-odd years ago, seemingly appointed the expert in the world of Rags and was faced each month with every new disc. Now Naxos could be starting that craze all over again, and I must admit that The Chrysanthemum, Weeping Willow Rag and Rose Leaf Rag is like visiting old friends again. Reviewing the first disc in the series from Alexander Peskanov, I found a new approach from the younger generation, rather poker-faced compared with the freedom of the pianists in my younger days. The Texas-born Benjamin Loeb - Joplin also hailed from Texas - takes an equally serious view of the music, never seeing anything naughty or funny, but keeping it as classical music in dance rhythm. It is immaculately



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