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Pianorama - Cinematic Music / Roland Pöntinen


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1326   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nino RotaGioachino RossiniFrédéric ChopinLeos Janácek,   ... 
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here's a "concept album" that really works. Roland Pöntinen's collection of piano music used in films (with one exception discussed below) not only is an attractive idea on its own, but also is a showcase for the pianist's interpretive skills and an enticing survey of keyboard music from Bach to Ligeti and beyond. The program opens with Pöntinen's own very accomplished three-part improvisation on Nino Rota's themes from Fellini's Amarcord, a film I personally loathe (I know, it's a classic) but one wonderfully scored nonetheless. There's the first prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (used in Adlon's Bagdad Café), lots of Chopin (from Polanski's The Pianist, Berman's
Read more Viskningar Och Rop and Höstsonaten), Schubert's Moment musical in A-flat major (from Malle's Au revoir les enfants), and most refreshingly, two numbers from Janácek's On an Overgrown Path as heard in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

The one exception is the inclusion of a short, comparatively charming piece opportunistically called "Cinema Music", written by the pianist's brother Stefan. I could make an issue of this: technically it has no business on the disc, and its inclusion bespeaks of a certain amateurishness at odds with the integrity of the project as a whole. But the music makes an effective and certainly innocuous foil to Ligeti's Musica Ricercata No. 2 (from Kubrick's otherwise dreadful Eyes Wide Shut), and segues effectively into two Debussy pieces (Des pas sur la neige and Clair de lune) used in Fellini's E la nave va. So no harm, no foul, and in any case Pöntinen's performances are uniformly excellent, the sonics typically exceptional, and the whole disc an unalloyed pleasure from beginning to end. If the concept appeals, go for it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Amarcord: Excerpt(s) by Nino Rota
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Italy 
2. Petite Messe solennelle: Agnus Dei by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
3. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
4. On the overgrown path: no 4, The Madonna of Frydek by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
5. On the overgrown path: no 10, The barn owl has not flown by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
6. On the overgrown path: no 10, The barn owl has not flown by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
7. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
9. Musica ricercata (11) for Piano: no 2, Mesto. Parlando by György Ligeti
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
10. Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
11. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
12. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 2 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
13. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 

Sound Samples

Improvisations on Rota's themes for the film Amarcord: I. -
Improvisations on Rota's themes for the film Amarcord: II. -
Improvisations on Rota's themes for the film Amarcord: III. -
Petite messe solennelle: Agnus Dei (arr. for piano) (E la nave va, And the Ship Sails On)
Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4: (Viskningar och Rop, Cries and Whispers)
Po zarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII/17: No. 4. Frydecka Panna Maria (Our Lady of Frydek)
Po zarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII/17: No. 10. Sycek neodletel (The Little Night Owl Kept Hooting)
24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 28, No. 2 (Hostsonaten, Autumn Sonata)
Improvisation on V. Cosma's Promenade sentimentale (Diva)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (Bagdad Cafe)
Musica ricercata: Musica Ricercata: No. 2: Mesto, rigidio e ceremoniale (Eyes Wide Shut)
Cinema Music
Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (E la nave va, And the Ship Sails On)
Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (E la nave va, And the Ship Sails On)
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: 6 Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 2 in A flat major (Au revoir les enfants)
Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth.: Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth (The Pianist)
Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord

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