LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - PONTINEN, Roland: Listening to Yourself

LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - PONTINEN, Roland: Listening to Yourself


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Saariaho, Kaija - Composer
Chopin, Fryderyk - Composer
Albeniz, Isaac - Composer
Ravel, Maurice - Composer
Strauss, Richard - Composer

Venue: Folkwang Hochschule, Essen
Date of Concert: 02-07-2007
Festival: Ruhr Piano Festival
Playing Time: 01:13:32
Television Director: Schmidt-Garre, Jan
Television Director: Schroeder, Marieke
Catalogue Number: EuroArts5576
UPC: 880242557681

LEGATO is a video series dedicated to presenting some of the most fascinating of today's younger generation pianists - their development, their ideas and, of course, their music. Each video in this series presents an artist and explores an aspect of the world of piano music. Viewers meet the artists and get to know their styles, their methods of working and their personal idiosyncrasies. The sum of these portraits provides an overall picture of the art of piano playing today. We live in a "renaissance of the piano", as the New York Times so surprisingly put it in summer 2005. A new generation is reviving the piano's popularity as pianists with a passion for virtuosity and a willingness to expand their repertoire take to the concert stages. In addition to the standard classics, they perform formerly disparaged works or discover neglected composers.

The Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen was born in 1963. He made his debut at 17 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and has since performed with major orchestras worldwide. Thanks to an insatiable musical appetite and a stupendous technique he has acquired a vast repertoire, ranging from the Baroque period to contemporary music. This recording portrays Roland Pöntinen in concert and interview. Recorded live at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen in July 2007, the video presents works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francois Couperin, Frédéric Chopin, Isaac Albéniz, Ferruccio Busoni, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninov and Kaija Saariaho.

Bonus features:

- Strauss II, J.: Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418 (arr. I. Friedman)

- Interview with Roland Pöntinen

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