Joshua Rifkin's three albums of Scott Joplin rags helped to introduce his music to many new listeners. "Maple Leaf Rag" had always been a standard but otherwise Joplin's music was largely unknown at the time (at least until the release of "The Sting" in 1974). For his third and final Nonesuch solo piano set, Rifkin performs "Original Rags" (Joplin's first published rag) and seven other numbers dating from 1904-1910. Rifkin's straightforward renditions would have pleased the composer.
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