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Piano Rhapsody: An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pöntinen, piano [4 CDs]

> Improvisations on Rota's themes for the film Amarcord - Improvisations on Rota's themes for the film Amarcord: I. —
> 4 Piezas espanolas - 4 Piezas espanolas: No. 4. Andaluza
> Je te veux - Je te veux
> Improvisation on V. Cosma's Promenade sentimentale (Diva) - Improvisation on V. Cosma's Promenade sentimentale
> 3 Gymnopedies - 3 Gymnopedies: No. 1. Lent et douloureux
> 3 Gymnopedies - 3 Gymnopedies: No. 2. Lent et triste
> 3 Gymnopedies - 3 Gymnopedies: No. 3. Lent et grave
> 2 Morceaux caracteristiques: Spanish national songs, Op. 164 - 2 Morceaux caracteristiques: Spanish national songs, Op. 164: No. 2. Tango
> Sologa (Sun-eye) - Sologa (Sun-eye)
> Fantaisie-valse - Fantaisie-Valse
> Cinema Music - Cinema Music
> Nuit de noel - Nuit de Noel
> Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 - Toccata in D minor, Op. 11
> 3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2 - 3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2: No. 2. Danza de la moza donosa
> Goyescas, Book 1 - Goyescas, Book 1: No. 4. Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor
> 3 Gnossiennes - 3 Gnossiennes: Gnossienne No. 1
> Gnossienne No. 5 - Gnossienne No. 5
> Gnossienne No. 4 - Gnossienne No. 4
> Iberia, Book 1 - Iberia, Book 1: No. 1. Evocacion
> Po zarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII/17 - Po zarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII/17: IV. The Madonna of Frydek: Grave
> Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord - Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Das Wohltemperiete Klavier, Book 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for Piano in C major, Op. 24
>Schubert, Franz : Moment musical no 2
>Handel, George Frideric : Minuet in G minor for harpsichord, HWV540b
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Chopin, Frédéric : Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 20 in D flat major, Op. 30/3, CT. 70
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 25 in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata in F minor, L 118
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
>Rubinstein, Anton : Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (12), Op. 21
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Daisies, Op. 38, no 3
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Lachtaubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R."
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
>Tausig, Carl : Nouvelles soirées (5) de Vienne
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Lullaby, Op. 16/1
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Fantasies, Op. 11
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
>Pöntinen, Roland : Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord, for piano
>Falla, Manuel de : Cuatro Piezas Espanolas
>Satie, Erik : Cafe-concert songs (3)
>Pöntinen, Roland : Improvisation on Promenade sentimentale, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedies (3) for Piano
>Albéniz, Isaac : Spanish Dances (2) (Morceaux characteristiques), for piano, Op. 164, B. 36
>Seymer, William : Sologa
>Satie, Erik : Fantasie-valse
>Pontinen, Stefan : Cinema music, for piano
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Nuit de Noel, sketch (esquisse) for piano, KiV 251
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Ginastera, Alberto : Danzas argentinas
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas, Op. 11
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 4
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 5
>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia, Book 1
>Janacek, Leos [Composer] : On an Overgrown Path
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Notes & Reviews:

Roland Pöntinen first entered a recording studio for BIS in 1983 - at the age of 20 - and released his début recital disc the following year. Since then he has appeared on more than 60 discs in the label's catalogue, as soloist with orchestra, in piano recital and chamber music programs. Drawn from this impressive discography, Piano Rhapsody is a wide-ranging collection of pieces which allows us to admire the talent, the breadth of repertoire and the unquenchable curiosity of this 'pianists' pianist'. But it is also an odyssey through the piano literature, which takes in the well-known and less familiar (from Für Elise to Carl Tausig's Johann Strauss paraphrase), and features miniatures as well as bravura works (Satie's Gnossiennes and Grieg's Piano Concerto). It also traverses a large tract of music history, making stops in the 1720s (Bach's Prelude No.1 in C major), the budding Romantic era (C.M. von Weber's Perpetuum Mobile) and 'the Age of the Great Virtuosos' (Liszt and Rubinstein, among others) and reflecting the proliferation of national schools in the early 20th century, with composers of Russian, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Czech extraction. All in all, the generous playing time (5 hours 20 minutes) and the wide-ranging program provide a unique opportunity to explore the piano and its literature, with one of Sweden's finest pianists as our guide.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Das Wohltemperiete Klavier, Book 1 :: Prelude no 1 in C major
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for Piano in C major, Op. 24 :: Perpetuum Mobile
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1812

>Schubert, Franz : Moment musical no 2
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Handel, George Frideric : Minuet in G minor for harpsichord, HWV540b
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 20 in D flat major, Op. 30/3, CT. 70
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 25 in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata in F minor, L 118 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/13/1830

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rubinstein, Anton : Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1870

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (12), Op. 21
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Daisies, Op. 38, no 3
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R."
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Liszt, Franz : Weihnachtsbaum :: Abendglocken
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1873-76.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1876

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832-1833

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Tausig, Carl : Nouvelles soirées (5) de Vienne :: Valse-Caprice no 2, "Man lebt nur einmal" (after Strauss Jr.,
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Moszkowski, Moritz : Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 34 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Lullaby, Op. 16/1
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Fantasies, Op. 11 :: Fantasy in B minor
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 29 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Roland Pöntinen (1963 - ) : Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord, for piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Falla, Manuel de : Cuatro Piezas Españolas :: Andaluza
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1909

>Satie, Erik : Café-concert songs (3)
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Roland Pöntinen (1963 - ) : Improvisation on Promenade sentimentale, for piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Spanish Dances (2) (Morceaux charactéristiques), for piano, Op. 164, B. 36
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1888

>Seymer, William : Solöga
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Satie, Erik : Fantasie-valse
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1885

>Stefan Pöntinen (1967 - ) : Cinema music, for piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Nuit de Noël, sketch (esquisse) for piano, KiV 251
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Ginastera, Alberto : Danzas argentinas :: Danza de la moza donosa
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas, Op. 11 :: Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 4
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne for piano no 5
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Iberia, Book 1 :: Evocación
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On an Overgrown Path :: The Madonna of Frydek
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Roland Pöntinen (1963 - ) : Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord, for piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary