Stereophile: William Bolcom's Delightful Piano Rags
By Jason Victor Serinus • Posted: Apr 1, 2017
Hankering for recorded music that is witty, engaging, and filled with surprises—music written with a twinkle in the eye? Check out the Spencer Myer's new Steinway & Sons recording of the Piano Rags of William Bolcom (b. 1938). Also available as a hi-rez download, Myer's delightful takes on Bolcom's rags dispel any notion that the rag is a predictable but ultimately limited art form. ...
...From Bolcom's first rags, the Three Classical Rags, to his latest efforts, Estela: Rag Latino, Knockout: A Rag," and The Brooklyn Dodge, which were completed by 1998, it is clear that the form inspires his mind to fire on all cylinders.