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

Audio Samples

  1. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Fur Elise" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 24, J. 138: IV. Rondo (Presto) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: 2 in A-Flat Major (Andantino) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Keyboard Suite No. 1 (Set II) in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: IV. Menuet [arr. W. Kempff for piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Nocturne No. 9 in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Petite messe solennelle: Agnus Dei (arr. G. Plenizio for piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bolero, Op. 19 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mazurka No. 20 in D-Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Nocturne No. 18 in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, K. 466/L.118/P.501 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Kinderszenen (Scenes of childhood), Op. 15: VII. Traumerei [Dreaming] $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Valse-Caprice in E-Flat Major: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  18. 12 Songs, Op. 21: V. Lilacs (version for piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. 6 Songs, Op. 38: III. Daisies (version for piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Behr - Lachtäubchen, "Polka de WR" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: II. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Weihnachtsbaum, S186/R71: IX. Abendglocken (Evening Bells) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Kreisler - Liebesfreud $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mazurka No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Liebestraume, S541/R211, No. III. Nocturne in A-Flat Major: I. Nocturne in A-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Liebestraume, S541/R211, No. III. Nocturne in A-Flat Major: II. Nocturne in E-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Liebestraume, S541/R211, No. III. Nocturne in A-Flat Major: III. Nocturne in A-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  29. 4 Valses oubliees, S215/R37: Valse oubliee No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167 (arr. C. Tausig for piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. 8 Morceaux caracteristiques, Op. 36: VI. Etincelles $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
  34. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino simplice $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  36. 6 Romances, Op. 16: I. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. 3 Fantasies, Op. 11: I. Molto appasionato $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: VI. Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
  40. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
  42. 4 Piezas espanolas: IV. Andaluza $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Je te veux $0.99 on iTunes
  44. 3 Gymnopedies: I. Lent et douloureux $0.99 on iTunes
  45. 3 Gymnopedies: II. Lent et triste $0.99 on iTunes
  46. 3 Gymnopedies: III. Lent et grave $0.99 on iTunes
  47. 2 Morceaux caracteristiques: Spanish national songs, Op. 164: II. Tango $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Sologa (Sun-eye) $0.99 on iTunes

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, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>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 no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>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, Sergey : Lilacs, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Daisies, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/3
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
>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 : Valse oubliée, for piano no 1, S. 215/1 (LW A311/1)
>Tausig, Carl : Nouvelle soirées de Vienne for piano
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Étincelles, for piano, Op. 36/6
>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 : Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
>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 Españolas
>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
>Pöntinen, Roland : Improvisation on Promenade sentimentale, for piano
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Spanish Dances (2) (Morceaux charactéristiques), for piano, Op. 164, B. 36
>Seymer, William : Solöga
>Satie, Erik : Fantasie-valse
>Pöntinen, Stefan : Cinema music, for piano
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Nuit de Noël, sketch (esquisse) for piano, KiV 251
>Prokofiev, Sergey : 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 [Composer] : Iberia, Book 1
>Janácek, 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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 no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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, Sergey : Lilacs, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Daisies, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/3
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  • 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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

>Chopin, Frédéric : 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 : Valse oubliée, for piano no 1, S. 215/1 (LW A311/1)
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Tausig, Carl : Nouvelle soirées de Vienne for piano :: 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 : Étincelles, for piano, Op. 36/6
  • 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 : Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  • 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

>Pöntinen, Roland : 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 : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Pöntinen, Roland : 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 (also orchestrated by Debussy)
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : 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

>Pöntinen, Stefan : 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, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • 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

>Granados, Enrique : 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

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

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

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