This compilation of Joplin's complete piano music (including collaborations) is performed by a member of one of the most American-minded music faculties in the USA. Albright is Professor of Music at Michigan, alongside Rich Crawford (former president of the American Musicological Society) and Jim Dapogny (editor of Jelly Roll Morton's piano works and jazz bandleader). His two colleagues represent the schism apparent in Albright's approach to performing Joplin, a Janus-like attempt to reconcile the concert-hall with the vernacular. The overall effect is rather jolly, even chirpy at times, but fails to capture the melancholy aspects of Joplin. I didn't care for the substitutions of lesser intervals for the minor thirds in the chromatic runs in Rag Time Dance, nor for the added triplets in the D section and transposition of left hand motifs to the right in the reprise of the C strain of Nonpareil. These liberties with the music make the set a very personal interpretation, straying some way from the sheet music, never more obviously than the breakneck Pine Apple Rag, which studiously ignores the composer's injunction: "Do Not Play This Piece Fast" and clips several seconds off immoderately speedy version.