I'm not going to get into the argument about whether Scott Joplin should be played fast or slow, and which rags are at the roots of jazz and which are just hanging off the branches, and all that. All I'm going to say is that Dick Hyman is a big name, big talent, and it shows on this recording. Joplin's music is sometimes easy to gloss over, but Hyman gives it the attention it deserves, and, I feel, his interpretations are as good as any and probably better than most. This is a recording that is worthy of study, but you'll likely end up like me: just listening to it because it is so good and entertaining. All the familiar Joplin works, Maple Leaf Rag, Peacherine Rag, Palm Leaf Rag, The Entertainer, are here, as well as some less familiar songs, such as A Breeze from Alabama. There is almost an hour's worth of music here and while it isn't remastered or anything, the sound is excellent and well up to the RCA Victor standard of excellence. I would have preferred more thorough liner notes, but there is still plenty of information here. Ultimately, it comes down to the music and performer, both of which are top notch on this recording. Don't worry about whether this is "authentically true to the composer's intention" or not. Joplin isn't turning in his grave, so you might as well just sit back and enjoy this great work of art.