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Scott Joplin: Treemonisha by Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers

Scott Joplin: Treemonisha

PRO’s recording of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha is here!  

It’s truly an amazing 2-disc set that I’m proud to have played on.  You can buy it on iTunes but I highly recommend  buying the physical CD set instead which comes with an AMAZING 116-page booklet written with great care by Rick Benjamin and beautifully illustrated by Chris Ware.  

But don’t take my word for it.  Here is what the critics have to say about our recording of Treemonisha: 

“Treemonisha as It Was Intended to Be”
- the Wall Street Journal

(Read the Wall Street Journal‘s feature story on this new recording and its creation by clicking here: “Treemonisha as It Was Intended to Be” by Barrymore Laurence Scherer.)

“This is the most important document about the history of American
composed music to have appeared in a long, long time.”

Gramophone (“Editor’s Choice” album)

(Read the Gramophone‘s full review by clicking here: “PRO’s Treemonisha” by Philip Clark.)

“…sweetly foursquare arias (Joplin’s libretto is touching and earnest) 
alternate with choruses that could make you weep with joy. 
There is nothing else like it, and Benjamin, aided by his 
excellent orchestra and singers, has finally made it whole.”

- the New Yorker

(Read the New Yorker‘s full review by clicking here: “Eleven for 2011″ by Russell Platt.)

Paul soloing with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra while playing on an authentic 1917 Conn “New Wonder” cornet on loan from Rick Benjamin.  These old horns have such a special sound that’s difficult to find on modern instruments!  

The music of Louis Hirsch is truly beautiful and fun to play - consider buying the full album on iTunes.