WILLIAM BOLCOM (b.1938): Piano Rags - The Graceful Ghost, Glad Rag, Raggin' Rudi, Fields of Flowers, Epithalamium, The Poltergeist, Epitaph for Louis Chauvin, Old Adam, The Eternal Feminine, The Serpent's Kiss, Through Eden's Gates, Knockout: A Rag, Dream Shadows, Incineratorag, Estela: Rag Latino, The Brooklyn Dodge.
Catalogue Number: 02S077
Label: Steinway & Sons
Description: Of the many composers who have sought to blur the lines between 'serious' and 'popular' music, few (if any) have achieved their aim with the glee, panache, and sheer compositional élan of Bolcom. And nowhere in his output is this demonstrated to better effect than in his delicious series of piano rags, combining a sense of absolute authenticity with sparkling humour, originality and pianistic bravura. This immensely appealing selection blends old favourites - the quirky, clever 'Ghost Rags', the brilliantly irreverent 'Garden of Eden' - with three more recent additions to the canon, which were added to the original published edition of 22 pieces in recent years. The three 'new' works are cast in the same mold as the familiar ones, are worthy to stand alongside them, and alone are worth the price of admission even if you're already familiar with the rest of the disc's contents. Spencer Myer (piano).