Joplin, Hayden & Others: Piano Works Alessandro Simonetto

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
06.12.2019

Label: OnClassical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Scott Joplin (1868 - 1917):
  • 1Great Crush Collision04:33
  • 2Original Rags03:40
  • 3Harmony Club Waltz05:58
  • 4Combination March03:17
  • 5Maple Leaf Rag02:16
  • Scott Joplin, Scott Hayden (1882 - 1915):
  • 6Sunflower Slow Drag04:12
  • Scott Joplin:
  • 7Augustan Club Waltz05:13
  • Scott Joplin, Arthur Marshall (1910 - 1989):
  • 8Swipesy Cakewalk02:51
  • Scott Joplin:
  • 9Peacherine Rag03:24
  • 10The Easy Winners04:00
  • 11Cleopha02:40
  • 12The Strenuous Life03:45
  • 13A Breeze from Alabama04:10
  • 14Elite Syncopations03:07
  • 15The Entertainer03:05
  • 16March Majestic03:50
  • Scott Joplin, Scott Hayden:
  • 17Felicity Rag04:54
  • 18Something Doing03:58
  • Scott Joplin:
  • 19Weeping Willow02:58
  • 20Palm Leaf Rag04:10
  • 21The Sycamore02:44
  • 22The Chrysanthemum04:32
  • 23The Ragtime Dance03:29
  • 24The Favorite03:15
  • 25The Cascades03:32
  • 26Bethena06:52
  • 27Leola04:29
  • 28Binks' Waltz06:01
  • 29Rosebud02:30
  • 30Eugenia05:10
  • 31Antoinette04:25
  • Scott Joplin, Scott Hayden:
  • 32Kismet Rag03:01
  • 33The Nonpareil (None to Equal)04:09
  • 34Searchlight Rag04:20
  • 35Gladiolus Rag03:15
  • 36Rose Leaf Rag06:25
  • Scott Joplin, Louis Chauvin (1881 - 1908):
  • 37Heliotrope Bouquet04:34
  • Scott Joplin, Arthur Marshall:
  • 38Lily Queen03:14
  • Scott Joplin:
  • 39School of Ragtime02:29
  • 40Reflection Rag (Syncopated Musings)04:14
  • 41Fig Leaf Rag05:20
  • 42Sugar Cane03:07
  • Joseph F. Lamb (1887 - 1960):
  • 43Sensation (Arr. S. Joplin)05:16
  • Scott Joplin:
  • 44Pine Apple Rag03:45
  • 45Wall Street Rag04:42
  • 46Country Club03:26
  • 47Solace06:43
  • 48Euphonic Sounds03:09
  • 49Pleasant Moments04:23
  • 50Paragon Rag03:14
  • 51Stoptime Rag02:38
  • 52Scott Joplin's New Rag04:10
  • 53Silver Swan Rag03:34
  • 54Magnetic Rag05:09
  • 55Treemonisha: A Real Slow Drag (Arr. for Solo Piano)05:41
  • Total Runtime03:42:58

Info for Joplin, Hayden & Others: Piano Works



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, a fact that is evident in the beautiful balance we identify in his works. Before turning thirty, Joplin was already known in the saloons, particularly thanks 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 set contains all of Joplin’s piano compositions: 42 Ragtimes (including the slightly syncopated "Cleopha" and "The School of Ragtime"), 5 Marches, 5 Waltzes, 1 Tango, 1 "Afro-American Intermezzo". The compositions are ordered more or less chronologically, which helps the listener gather a sense of the composer’s evolution of both form and style. What emerges is a portrait of Joplin as a composer who is everything but “monothematic.” Quite the contrary: the many tunes found in his work for piano are rarely repetitive, and reveal the unlimited inspiration of a composer who is always ready to find new solutions and occasionally even experiment with new genres such as the foxtrot (the trio section from “Peacherine Rag") and the blues (the trios of “Wall Street Rag” and “Pine Apple Rag”). Sometimes, Joplin even seems to borrow from the Classical Style (“Euphonic Sounds”) and the Romantic Style (the trio from “Magnetic Rag,” in which we might hear glimses of Chopin).

Collaborations with friends such as Arthur Marshall (“Swipesy,” “Lily Queen”), Scott Hayden (“Sunflower Slow Drag,” “Something Doing,” “Felicity Rag,” “Kismet Rag”), and Louis Chauvin (“Heliotrope Bouquet”) further enrich the creative material from which Joplin never declined to draw inspiration. Some of the pieces, especially those written between 1906 and 1909, in which we find great clarity of writing and structure, can be considered masterpieces in the genre of ragtime for their quality, balance, and refinement.

The performance of polymath Alessandro Simonetto, neither predictable nor limited by philological notions, emphasizes the coloristic and rhythmic nature of the music. In it, we identify great attention to the nuances present in Joplin’s harmonic ideas and rhythmic patterns, so often commonly undermined and mistreated.

The recording, made in three different periods, was made on a Steinway D-274 that was selected by the legendary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in 1968, now owned by the performer.

Alessandro Simonetto, piano

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