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Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen

Pontinen / Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Segerstam
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 9044  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinClaude DebussyEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Length: 5 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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 programmes. 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 Read more 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 programme provide a unique opportunity to explore the piano and its literature, with one of Sweden’s finest pianists as our guide. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 5, Modéré by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Fantasies (3) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1 in B minor by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Sonnenauge by William Seymer
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Venue:  Danderyds Gymnasium, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Amarcord: Excerpt(s) by Nino Rota
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Italy 
10.
Petite Messe solennelle: Agnus Dei by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
11.
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 
12.
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 
13.
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 
14.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
15.
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 
16.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
17.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
18.
Danzas (12) espańolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
20.
Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
21.
Minuet in G minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
22.
Piezas Espańolas (4) for Piano: no 4, Andaluza by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1908; Spain 
23.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
24.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
25.
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseńor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
26.
Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 1, Evocación by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, J 138/Op. 24: 4th movement, Rondo "Perpetuum Mobile" by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Germany 
28.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
29.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
30.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
31.
Tango espańol in A minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
32.
Man lebt nur einmal, Op. 167 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
33.
Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 466/L 118 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
34.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
35.
Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
36.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
37.
Danzas argentinas (3), Op. 2: no 2, Danza de la moza donosa by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden 
38.
Nuit de noël by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Berlin, Germany 
39.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Dominikanerbau, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 35 Secs. 
40.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Dominikanerbau, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 38 Secs. 
41.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
42.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 4, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
43.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
44.
Fantasie-valse by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; France 
45.
Je te veux for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1900; France 
46.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
47.
Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
48.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
49.
Weihnachtsbaum for Piano, S 186: no 9, Abendglocken by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1876; Rome, Italy 
50.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
51.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
52.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, "Fur Elise"
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 24, J. 138: IV. Rondo: Presto
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 2 in A flat major: Andantino
Keyboard Suite No. 1 (Set II) in B flat major, HWV 434 (arr. W. Kempff for piano): Keyboard Suite No. 1 (Set II) in B flat major, HWV 434: IV. Menuet (arr. W. Kempff for piano)
Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
Petite messe solennelle: Agnus Dei (arr. G. Plenizio for piano)
24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28, No. 15
Bolero, Op. 19
Mazurka No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62, No. 2
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K.466/L.118/P.501
Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14, MWV U67
Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15: Kinderszenen (Scenes of childhood), Op. 15: No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming)
Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
Valse-caprice in E flat major: Valse-Caprice in E flat major: Vivace
12 Songs, Op. 21 (version for piano): 12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 5. Lilacs (version for piano)
6 Songs, Op. 38 (version for piano): 6 Songs, Op. 38: No. 3. Daisies (version for piano)
Behr - Lachtaubchen, "Polka de WR"
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C sharp minor
Weihnachtsbaum, S186/R71: IX. Abendglocken (Evening Bells)
Kreisler - Liebesfreud
Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major: No. 1. Nocturne in A flat major
Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major: No. 2. Nocturne in E flat major
Liebestraume, S541/R211: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major: No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major
4 Valses oubliees, S215/R37: Valse oubliee No. 1
Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167 (arr. C. Tausig for piano)
8 Morceaux caracteristiques, Op. 36: No. 6. Etincelles
Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune

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