Ingmar Bergman: Music from the Films - Pöntinen

Ingmar Bergman: Music from the Films - Pöntinen

BIS  BIS-2377

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid


J. S. Bach: Sarabandes from Cello Suites Nos 2, 4 & 5, Variation 25 from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Robert Schumann: Aufschwung from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, In modo d’una marcia from Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1, Preludes in A & D minor, Op. 28, Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4
W. A. Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K 475
Franz Schubert: Andante sostenuto from Sonata in B flat major, D 960
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D major, K 535, Sonata in E major, K 380

Roland Pöntinen (piano)
Torleif Thedéen (cello)
Stenhammar Quartet

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 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.

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PCM recording

Recorded in December 2017 at Grünewaldsalen, Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, 24/96

Recording producer and sound engineer: Nora Brandenburg

Project concept: Camilla Wiklund & Roland Pöntinen

Eqiuipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann, DPA and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

Editing and mixing: Nora Brandenburg

Executive producer: Robert Suff

(Bach Sarabandes: recorded in 1995/96 at Länna Church, Sweden. Producer and sound engineer: Hans Kipfer. Previously released on BIS-803; original recording format 16-bit/44.1 kHz. SACD mastering: Matthias Spitzbarth)