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Euphoric Sounds [Import]

Joplin , Bolcolm Audio CD
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1. Original Rags
2. Fig Leaf Rag
3. Maple Leaf Rag
4. Eugenia
5. The Entertainer
6. Nonpareil
7. Elite Syncopations
8. Country Club
9. Sugar Cane
10. Bethena
11. The Ragime Dance
12. Solace
13. Serchlight Rag
14. Euphonic Sounds
15. Gladiolus Rag
16. Magnetic Rag

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William Bolcom is my kind of musician: a fine composer of varied music, and a terrific pop and ragtime pianist. Unlike many contemporary players, Bolcom always heeds Joplin's directive never to play ragtime fast. He captures the cakewalk rhythm of Joplin's rags, and plays the gorgeous waltz Bethena as beautifully as you'll ever hear it. This is an excellent selection of Joplin's pieces without a second-rate work in the bunch, beautifully recorded in stylistically aware performances. The intelligent annotations give you a good sense of Joplin's accomplishment and place in American music. This is probably the best single-disc Joplin collection on the market. --Leslie Gerber

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5.0 out of 5 stars Euphohnic Sounds by William Bolcolm Nov. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a one of a kind! I have owned this for about ten years, and still enjoy it as much as when I found it! Mr. Bolcom does indeed convey that special touch and rhythm that we Joplin lovers think sounds just as he would have played. Note: I did not know I was a fan of Joplin until discussing "The Sting" (movie) with a professionl pianist. Even if you think you don't like ragtime, this is one to own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ragtime you'll ever hear June 8 2003
By Jean Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
William Bolcom is the best ragtime pianist alive. You'll play this CD over and over. It's not just that he's so good technically--he interprets the rags beautifully. My favorites are "The Ragtime Dance" (the introduction is almost majestic) and the "Magnetic Rag." And then there's the "Maple Leaf Rag," so familiar yet so special....If you're going to buy one ragtime album, this is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection? Not quite. July 16 2010
By Eloi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why can't Amazon get this album title right? It's "Euphonic Sounds," not "Euphoric," and the title is taken from track #14, well played by William Bolcom. All of the selections are worth listening to, and Bolcom's original licks, mostly in the repeats, are very much in the style of the early 20th-century as heard in historical recordings of Jelly Roll Morton and others.

I question the speed of several pieces--"Searchlight Rag" is an example. Yes, Scott Joplin famously wrote "It is never right to play `rag-time' fast" in his note to "Leola," but does that mean it has to be draggy? Maybe the worst example is the waltz "Bethena." Waltzes were popular dances at the turn of the century--e.g., "The Band Played On"--but no one could dance to the exaggerated slowdowns at the ends and even in the middle of sections of "Bethena" as Bolcom plays it. And that's too bad, because his phrasing is mostly right on. But the dance character is lost, so it comes across as a tone poem in the style of Chopin instead of the great American waltz.

Still, this is with Joshua Rifkin's album one of the best recordings of Scott Joplin's piano music. It is chronologically organized, starting with "Original Rags" in the late 1800s and finishing with Joplin's last published rag, "Magnetic," of 1912.

Bolcom is a better pianist than Rifkin for this musical style, and Bolcom also established himself as a ragtime composer--I recommend his "Graceful Ghost" rag which fuses sophisticated chromatic broadway harmony with genuine ragtime character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Euphohnic Sounds by William Bolcolm Nov. 16 2003
By Reita R. McGee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a one of a kind! I have owned this for about ten years, and still enjoy it as much as when I found it! Mr. Bolcom does indeed convey that special touch and rhythm that we Joplin lovers think sounds just as he would have played. Note: I did not know I was a fan of Joplin until discussing "The Sting" (movie) with a professionl pianist. Even if you think you don't like ragtime, this is one to own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 9 2010
By H. Gardella - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best recording and performance of these works that I know of. Bolcom plays with all the style and panache one could wish for. Recorded sound is excellent. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good ragtime June 4 2013
By Culturally curious - Published on Amazon.com
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Of course Scott Joplin's music is a pleasure to listen to, and William Bolcom treats the music with pleasure and respect. He knows ragtime, as anyone who has heard his Graceful Ghost can testify.
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