WILLIAM BOLCOM (b.1938): The Complete Rags - Eubie's Luckey Day, Epithalamium, Knockout “A Rag”, Rag Tango, The Garden of Eden, California Porcupine Rag, Gardenia, The Brooklyn Dodge, Contentment, 3 Ghost Rags, Raggin’ Rudi, Estela “Rag Latino”, Fields of Flowers, Knight Hubert, Lost Lady Rag, 3 Classical Rags, 3 Popular Rags, WILLIAM ALBRIGHT (1944-1998): Brass Knuckles.

Catalogue Number: 07Y049

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA68391/2

Format: CD

Price: $37.98

Description: Hamelin’s razor-sharp rhythmic acuity and precise accentuation in tandem with his customary nonchalant dexterity would, on their own, be sufficient for the success of this release, but there are other things: a sophisticated palette, a deep tenderness, a mischievous sense of humour and the chameleon’s ability to convince you that he is not a classical pianist but, first and foremost, a successor to James P Johnson. There is more. I doubt if there’s another pianist on the planet who, after giving us a revelatory two-disc survey of CPE Bach, could so adroitly turn his attention to late 20th-century ragtime. The man is a miracle. Another Gramophone Award nomination beckons” (Gramophone). 2 CDs. Marc-André Hamelin (piano).

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