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Pianorama - Cinematic Music played by Roland Pöntinen

Composer Various Composers
Performer Roland Pöntinen
Catalogue Number BIS-1326 CD
EAN 7318590013267
Format CD
Release date May 2006
Total time 65'43

Classics Today 10/10.

Roland Pöntinen has a history of devising original recitals for BIS – Music for a Rainy Day (BIS-CD- 300) and Evening Bells (BIS-CD-1164) are only two of them. For Pianorama he has gone to the cinema for inspiration, and the result is as varied and imaginative as always.
From the very beginning – even during the era of the silent movie – music has been recognised as a major ingredient of the cinematic experience, and great filmmakers have been extremely painstaking in their choice of music. When selecting from existing music, directors have been particularly fond of using works for solo piano – maybe a subconscious harkening back to the piano player of the cinemas of the 1920s? Several such works have been brought together here, from films such as Autumn Sonata and Cries and Whispers (Bergman), Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick), The Pianist (Polanski) and Diva (J-J Beneix). Atmospheric in its own right, the music by Debussy, Chopin, Schubert, Bach and Ligeti becomes even more evocative when combined with often striking pictures. The great partnership of Federico Fellini and Nino Rota also features on the disc, with Pöntinen’s own improvisations on Rota’s themes for Amarcord, perhaps Fellini’s best loved film.
Roland Pöntinen has often been praised for his versatility and musical intelligence: ‘In Pöntinen's hands, Liszt's Christmas Tree lights up, blazing with fervour, intelligence and poetry’ (BIS-CD-1164, BBC Music Magazine) and ‘this performance – expansive and impassioned without self-indulgence – deserves a high place among current recommendations’ (BIS-CD-1417, Gramophone). These qualities make him the perfect exponent of this varied and atmospheric programme, which is accompanied by liner notes in the form of an interview with Pöntinen made by Nils Petter Sundgren, doyen of Swedish film critics.
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  Roland Pöntinen
  Improvisation in three parts (from the film Amarcord) 9'07
01 I. 2'26
02 II. 2'25
03 III. 4'16
  Gianfranco Plenizio
04 Agnus Dei, from Petite messe solennelle (from the film E la nave va by Federico Fellini) 2'34
  Fryderyk Chopin
05 Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4 (from the film Viskningar och rop by Ingmar Bergman) 3'48
  Leos Janácek
  from On an Overgrown Path (from the film The Unbearable
Lightness of Being by Philip Kaufman)
06 The Madonna of Frydek 2'36
07 The barn owl has not flown away 3'44
  Fryderyk Chopin
08 Prelude, Op.28 No.2 (from the film Höstsonaten by Ingmar Bergman) 2'19
  Vladimir Cosma
09 Improvisation on Promenade sentimentale (from the film Diva by Jean-Jacques Beineix) 5'50
  Johann Sebastian Bach
10 Preludium No.1 in C major from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (from the film Bagdad Café by Percy Adlon) 2'15
  György Ligeti
11 Musica Ricercata No.2 (from the film Eyes Wide Shut bu Stanley Kubrick) 3'31
  Stefan Pöntinen
12 Cinema music 4'29
  Claude Debussy
13 Des pas sur la neige from Préludes, Book I (from the film E la nave va by Federico Fellini) 4'27
  Claude Debussy
14 Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque (from the film E la nave va by Federico Fellini) 5'15
  Franz Schubert
15 Moment musical in A flat major, D 780 No.2 (from the film Au revoir les enfants by Louis Malle) 7'06
  Fryderyk Chopin
16 Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. (from the film The Pianist by Roman Polanski) 4'25
  Roland Pöntinen
17 Rota Reminiscence - An improvisation on themes from Amarcord 1'06
  Album total 65'43
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Chopin, Fryderyk
Cosma, Vladimir
Debussy, Claude
Janácek, Leos
Ligeti, György
Plenizio, Gianfranco
Pöntinen, Roland
Pöntinen, Stefan
Schubert, Franz
PianoPöntinen, Roland

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