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Joshua Rifkin to Perform at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge for 40th Anniversary of Nonesuch Joplin "Piano Rags" Album

Joshua Rifkin: Scott Joplin's "Piano Rags" [cover]

Four decades ago, Nonesuch Records released recordings of Scott Joplin's Piano Rags by musicologist/conductor/pianist Joshua Rifkin that would go on to ignite a national passion for ragtime jazz in the United States in the early 1970s and "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival," as New York magazine wrote. They also resulted in the label's first million-selling record.

Now, 40 years later, Joshua Rifkin will make his debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on Sunday, January 30, performing the music of Joplin and kindred spirit J.S. Bach in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the album.

For more information and to order tickets to the event, visit, where, for a limited time, you'll find a free download of Rifkin's performance of Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag."

To pick up a copy of Piano Rags with the complete album included as high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout, visit the Nonesuch Store, where you'll available find Rifkin’s The Baroque Beatles Book, another milestone from the early days of Nonesuch, featuring Baroque-era arrangements of the Fab Four’s Top 40 hits.


Does anyone know if Nonesuch has any plans for an anniversary reissue with the missing seven tracks? Seems odd for something that "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival" to only be partially heard aside from vintage vinyl.

I have often wondered the same thing. Why are those tracks missing (this recording of The Nonpareil is the finest I have ever heard), and why have they not been reissued? I imagine it is rights matter, but would enjoy getting confirmation of this. In any event, it seems to me that Rifkin's recordings, which I have listened to since a child in the early 70's, are the gold standard for a particular way of interpreting this music and deserve full exposure.

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