- Thursday, January 13, 2011
Joshua Rifkin to Perform at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge for 40th Anniversary of Nonesuch Joplin "Piano Rags" Album
Four decades ago, Nonesuch Records released Joshua Rifkin's recordings of Scott Joplin's Piano Rags that went on to ignite a national passion for ragtime jazz and "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival," as New York magazine wrote. On January 30, Rifkin will make his debut at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge performing the music of Joplin and J.S. Bach in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the album.
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The Baroque Beatles Book, the 1965 favorite featuring Baroque-style arrangements of some of the Beatles' biggest hits by musicologist Joshua Rifkin, was reissued on CD for the first time just last month. "What a kick to have this delightful release from 1965 at hand again on CD," raves Audiophile Audition in a five-star review. Rifkin "did a terrific job of it which still is most enjoyable to hear ... Bravo Rifkin, Nonesuch and all concerned!"
About Joshua Rifkin
Joshua Rifkin, the renowned musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist, is an esteemed scholar of Baroque music and, in particular, J.S. Bach. He studied music at The Juilliard School, NYU, the University of Gottingen, and Princeton University, and put his Baroque expertise to use in one of Nonesuch’s earliest releases: The Baroque Beatles Book. Rifkin recorded the album while a 21-year-old staffer at the nascent label, in 1965, straight out of Juilliard; Nonesuch reissued the now classic album on CD in 2009.
Rifkin’s other releases for Nonesuch include a recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and, perhaps most famously, a landmark collection of Scott Joplin’s piano rags that heeded closely to the composer's own vision for the pieces and which almost single-handedly helped fuel the 1970s ragtime revival.
July 14, 2009
Musicologist-conductor-pianist Joshua Rifkin’s The Baroque Beatles Book, featuring Baroque-era arrangements of the Fab Four’s Top 40 hits, is a milestone from the early days of Nonesuch Records and, over the years, has gained legendary status among Beatles fans and classical enthusiasts alike. Newsweek declared the collection “inspired”; the Boston Globe called it “brilliant.”