Bolcom - The Complete Rags | Hyperion CDA683912

Bolcom - The Complete Rags


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA683912

Barcode: 0034571283913

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd June 2022

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Yet another unmissable release from Marc-André Hamelin. From the easy-going elegance of Tabby Cat Walk to the high spirits of Eubie’s Luckey Day (and the altogether wilder antics of Brass Knuckles), William Bolcom’s lifelong and affectionate homage to – and continuation of –  this archetypal American genre is a guaranteed winner.

‘Hamelin’s delight and relish are highly infectious … I cannot think of a better introduction to CPE Bach on the modern piano than these two joyous discs’ – Gramophone (CPE Bach, CDA683812)

‘Awesomely impressive’ – The Telegraph (Liszt & Thalberg, CDA68320)

‘If I were allowed a two-word review of this disc, it would read as follows: buy it’ – Gramophone (Liszt & Thalberg, CDA68320)


Hamelin is a pianist who loves interpreting this kind of instruction. Indeed, Bolcom is lucky in having such a musician to provide him with these authoritative accounts of his music. Individual rags will undoubtedly pop up on recital discs from time to time (at least, they should) but any further ‘Complete Rags’ will be completely redundant. ... The man is a miracle. Another Gramophone Award nomination beckons.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone July 2022
A completely triumphant – and entirely authoritative – survey of William Bolcom;s rags, performances filled to the brim with all the character these glorious pieces require.
Gramophone July 2022

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