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Piano Rhapsody


4 CDs for the price of 2
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 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.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 1
01 Prelude No. 1 in C major 2'15
 
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
02 Bagatelle in A minor, ‘Für Elise’, WoO59 3'14
 
 
  Carl Maria von Weber
  Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 24
03 Rondo - Perpetuum Mobile 3'57
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
04 Moment musical in A flat major, D 780 No. 2 7'06
 
 
  George Frideric Handel
05 Minuet in G minor (transcribed by Wilhelm Kempff) 3'24
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
06 Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1 4'53
 
 
  Gioacchino Rossini, Gianfranco Plenizio
  from Petite messe solennelle
07 Agnus Dei 2'34
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
08 Prelude in D flat major, ‘Raindrop’, Op. 28 No. 15 6'05
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
  Bolero, Op. 19
09 Boléro, Op. 19 7'22
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
10 Mazurka No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30 No. 3 3'04
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
11 Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4 6'25
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
12 Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62 No. 2 6'25
 
 
  Domenico Scarlatti
13 Sonata in F minor, L 118 8'29
 
 
  Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy)
14 Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14 6'35
 
 
  Robert Schumann
  Kinderszenen, Op. 15
15 Träumerei 3'08
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
16 Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. 4'25
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Anton Rubinstein
01 Valse-Caprice in E flat major 4'50
 
 
  Sergey Rachmaninov
02 Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5 2'23
 
 
  Sergey Rachmaninov
03 Daisies, Op.38 No. 3 2'13
 
 
  Sergey Rachmaninov
04 Polka de V.R. 4'07
 
 
  Sergey Rachmaninov
05 Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2 4'34
 
 
  Franz Liszt
06 Weihnachtsbaum - Abendglocken 4'20
 
 
  Fritz Kreisler
07 Liebesfreud (arr. Sergey Rachmaninov) 6'47
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
08 Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 3'48
 
 
  Fryderyk Chopin
09 Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 7'18
 
 
  Franz Liszt
  Drei Notturnos (Liebesträume) 16'13
10 No. 1 in A flat major (Hohe Liebe) 6'52
11 No. 2 in E major (Seliger Tod) 4'25
12 No. 3 in A flat major (Liebestraum: O lieb, so lang…) 4'56
 
 
  Franz Liszt
13 Valse oubliée No. 1 3'17
 
 
  Carl Tausig
  Walzer-Capricen nach Johann Strauss
14 No. 2 - Man lebt nur einmal 7'28
 
 
  Moritz Moszkowski
15 Étincelles (Morceau caractéristique), Op. 36 No. 6 2'43
 
 
  Claude Debussy
  Suite bergamasque
16 Clair de lune 5'15
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 34'19
01 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso 20'24
02 II. Andantino simplice 7'08
03 III. Allegro con fuoco 6'47
 
 
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
04 Lullaby (arr. Sergey Rachmaninov) 4'04
 
 
  Wilhelm Stenhammar
05 Fantasy in B minor, Op. 11 5'02
 
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Lyric Pieces, Book VIII
06 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen, Op. 65 No. 6 (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen) 7'02
 
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 29'22
07 I. Allegro molto moderato 12'45
08 II. Adagio 6'40
09 III. Allegro molto moderato e marcato 9'57
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Roland Pöntinen
01 Amarcord Improvisation on a theme by Nino Rota 2'26
 
 
  Manuel de Falla
  Andaluza from Cuatro Piezas Espanolas
02 Andaluza from Cuatro Piezas Españolas 3'38
 
 
  Erik Satie
  Je te veux
03 Je te veux 5'32
 
 
  Roland Pöntinen
04 Improvisation on ‘Promenade sentimentale’ from the film Diva, by Vladimir Cosma 5'50
 
 
  Erik Satie
  Trois Gymnopédies 10'00
05 Première Gymnopédie 3'52
06 Deuxième Gymnopédie 3'18
07 Troisième Gymnopédie 2'50
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
08 Tango español in A minor, Op. 164 3'59
 
 
  William Seymer
  from Sommarcroquiser
09 Solöga (Sun-eye) 3'18
 
 
  Erik Satie
10 Fantaise-Valse 3'16
 
 
  Stefan Pöntinen
  Cinema music
11 Cinema Music 4'29
 
 
  Ferruccio Busoni
12 Nuit de Noël 4'00
 
 
  Sergey Prokofiev
13 Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 4'22
 
 
  Alberto Ginastera
  from Danzas argentinas
14 Danza de la moza donosa 3'11
 
 
  Enrique Granados
  from Goyescas, Op. 11
15 Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor 5'50
 
 
  Erik Satie
  Three Gnossiennes 9'27
16 Gnossienne No. 1. Lent 3'10
17 Gnossienne No. 4. Lent 2'41
18 Gnossienne No. 5. Modéré 3'36
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  from Iberia, Book I
19 Evocación 5'17
 
 
  Leos Janácek
  from On an Overgrown Path
20 The Madonna of Frýdek 2'36
 
 
  Roland Pöntinen
21 Rota Reminiscence on themes by Nino Rota from Amarcord 1'06
 
  Album total 320'25
ComposerAlbéniz, Isaac
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Busoni, Ferruccio
Chopin, Fryderyk
Debussy, Claude
Falla, Manuel de
Ginastera, Alberto
Granados, Enrique
Grieg, Edvard
Handel, George Frideric
Janácek, Leos
Kreisler, Fritz
Liszt, Franz
Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
Moszkowski, Moritz
Plenizio, Gianfranco
Prokofiev, Sergey
Pöntinen, Roland
Pöntinen, Stefan
Rachmaninov, Sergey
Rossini, Gioacchino
Rubinstein, Anton
Satie, Erik
Scarlatti, Domenico
Schumann, Robert
Seymer, William
Stenhammar, Wilhelm
Tausig, Carl
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Weber, Carl Maria von
PianoPöntinen, Roland

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