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Bergman: Music from the Films / Pontinen


Release Date: 08/03/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2377  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachRobert SchumannFrédéric ChopinWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Torleif ThedéenRoland Pöntinen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ingmar Bergman (1918- 2007) made fifty films, directed more than 150 theatre productions and wrote several books, but the recurrent thread running through his life was music. He often said that if he hadn't become a director he would have wished to become a conductor, and went so far as to claim that ‘film and music are almost the same thing. They are means of expression and communication that go beyond human wisdom and that touch a person’s emotional centre.’ Bergman’s interest in classical music became evident early on in his career. Music in Darkness (1948) is about a pianist who loses his sight in a shooting accident. To Joy (1950) features a violinist who dreams of a solo career and Summer Interlude (1951) takes place at the Royal Read more Swedish Opera. He admired all who could perform music, reserving his greatest love for pianists, and concert pianists are portrayed in Hour of the Wolf, Face to Face and Autumn Sonata. One of Bergman’s favourite Swedish pianists was Roland Pöntinen, who here performs a number of pieces featured in Bergman’s films, by composers including Mozart, Chopin and Schumann. Pöntinen is joined by the Stenhammar Quartet in the second movement of Schumann’s piano quintet, used by Bergman to great effect in the award-winning Fanny and Alexander. Another of the director’s favourite performers, the cellist Torleif Thedéen, also contributes to the project, with the sarabandes from three of Bach’s suites for solo cello. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 2, Aufschwung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
3.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 24 in D minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
7.
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 
8.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960: 2nd movement, Andante sostenuto by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 535/L 262 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
10.
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 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
12.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 25 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
13.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Torleif Thedéen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
14.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44: 2nd movement, Un poco largamente, in modo d'u by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 

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