Joshua Rifkin

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Joshua Rifkin (born April 22, 1944 in New York) is an American conductor, keyboard player, and musicologist, and is currently a Professor of Music at Boston University. As a performer he has recorded music by composers from Antoine Busnois to Silvestre Revueltas, and as a scholar has published research on composers from the Renaissance to the 20th century. He is famed among classical musicians and aficionados for his increasingly influential theory that most of Bach's choral works were sung with only one singer per choral line. Rifkin argued: "So long as we define 'chorus' in the conventional modern sense, then Bach's chorus, with few exceptions, simply did not exist." He is best known by the general public, however, for having played a central role in the ragtime revival in the 1970s, with the three albums he recorded of Scott Joplin's works for Nonesuch Records.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Piano Rags by Scott Joplin Scott Joplin; Joshua Rifkin 2
1972 Piano Rags by Scott Joplin, Volume II Scott Joplin; Joshua Rifkin 1
1985 Digital Ragtime / Wall Street Rag Scott Joplin; Joshua Rifkin, The Southland Stingers 1
1986 Organ Concertos, op. 4 Handel; Peter Hurford, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin 1
1987 Piano Rags Scott Joplin; Joshua Rifkin 3
1987 Cantatas BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" (Actus tragicus), 131 "Aus den Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir" Johann Sebastian Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin 1
1987 Cantatas BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" Johann Sebastian Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin 2
1987 Cantatas BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", 80 "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" Johann Sebastian Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin 1
1995 Handel: Dixit Dominus / Laudate pueri Dominum / Organ Concerto "The Cuckoo and the Nighingale" George Frideric Handel, Isobel Buchanan, Carol-Anne Mackay, Michael Chance, William Kendall, Henry Herford, Charles Tunnell, Stephen Layton, Richard Farnes, Neil Black, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury, Peter Hurford, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest & Joshua Rifkin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Entertainer: The Very Best of Scott Joplin Scott Joplin; Joshua Rifkin 1
1997 6 Favourite Cantatas: BWV 147, 80, 140, 8, 51 & 78 J.S. Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin 1
1998 Actus tragicus: Kantaten BWV 106, 131, 99, 56, 82, 158 Johann Sebastian Bach; Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Rifkin 1

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