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!"
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Musicologist-conductor-pianist Joshua Rifkin’s The Baroque Beatles Book, featuring Baroque-era arrangements of the Fab Four’s Top 40 hits, was among the earliest releases on the then year-old Nonesuch label in 1965 and remained a cult favorite in the catalog over the decades. Now, for the first time, it has been reissued on CD, and, all these years later, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "It’s still a lot of fun ... Give it a listen."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
All this month, and running through May 12, BBC Radio 2 is airing a six-part documentary called Jac Holzman's Elektra Story, as part of the network's Monday night Music Club. In part three of the documentary, the company founder recounts the Nonesuch Records founder's earliest days and his hopes for the new endeavor. Joshua Rifkin was involved from the start and sums up the label's initial appeal this way: "Inexpensive classical record labels had been there before, but they looked like a budget production. And it was Jac's brilliant idea to think that one could do something that really looked distinctive, did not look low-rent, had a definite identity of its own."