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Tuba Carnival

Classics Today 10/10.

Surely nobody ever expected to hear the tuba played like this? When he started learning the instrument, somebody must have forgotten to tell Øystein Baadsvik that the tuba can't do everything. And in all likelihood, this mistake will be impossible to repair - there is little chance that anyone would be able to catch up with him in order to tell him now!

This collection of pieces-you-never-thought-you’d-hear-on-the-tuba runs the gamut from Vivaldi's view of winter to Monti's Csárdás, from the embouchure-defying to the luscious. When you think that you have heard everything - and are still trying to decide whether you really did hear what you remember hearing - Øystein Baadsvik adds a piece of his own, Fnugg, proving that there really is nothing that can't be expressed on the tuba if one happens to have this level of skill, communicative passion and musicality. Fnugg (Norwegian for something as weightless as a snowflake) is an improvisation with elements of the Australian Aboriginal instrument didgeridoo and Norwegian folk music, using multiphonics (to sing and play simultaneously) and Baadsvik’s own invention "Lip Beat".

Some press voices:

‘State of the art recorded sound caps an extremely well planned, perfectly executed recital in which humor, charm, and virtuosity combine to make the best possible case for the tuba as star of the show.’

"The arrangements are fine examples of the best of musical reinvention... The acrobatic displays amount to an elephant pirouetting gracefully, and then showing the refinement and class to join you for a nice bottle of wine and desert... a very pleasant surprise, worthy of any collection." MusicWeb
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Baadsvik, Øystein
01 Fnugg (2002) for solo tuba 03:24 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
  L´Inverno (Winter) from The Four Seasons, Op.8 08:22
02 I. Allegro non molto 03:10 $ 0.48 USD
03 II. Largo 01:57 $ 0.29 USD
04 III. Allegro 03:15 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Grieg, Edvard
05 Anitra´s Dance (from the incidental music to Ibsen´s Peer
Gynt, Op.23)
03:27 $ 0.52 USD
  Composer: Plau, Arild
  Concerto for Tuba and Strings (1990) 17:41
06 I. Prolog 07:40 $ 1.15 USD
07 II. Canzone 06:47 $ 1.02 USD
08 III. Finale 03:14 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Grieg, Edvard
09 Norwegian Dance No.1 (from Four Norwegian Dances, Op.35) 04:51 $ 0.73 USD
  Composer: Lundén-Welden, Staffan
10 Kesh Jig 03:35 $ 0.54 USD
  Composer: Stevens, Thomas
11 Variations in Olden Style (d´après Bach) (1989) 05:16 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Arban, [Joseph] Jean Baptiste
12 Carnival of Venice 07:41 $ 1.15 USD
  Composer: Monti, Vittorio
13 Csárdás 04:25 $ 0.66 USD
  Album total 61:19
TubaBaadsvik, Øystein
ComposerArban, [Joseph] Jean Baptiste
Baadsvik, Øystein
Grieg, Edvard
Lundén-Welden, Staffan
Monti, Vittorio
Plau, Arild
Stevens, Thomas
Vivaldi, Antonio
ConductorSagstad, Bjorn (Björn)
EnsembleMusica Vitae

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