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Tuba Carnival - Oystein Baadsvik, BIS

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Oystein Baadsvik is a tuba player of the highest caliber.  He is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post.  His playing is truly spectacular, enough that his recordings have become popular in the more mainstream classical music realm, rather th

This album is recommended by the music magazine Classic Today as one of the six best recordings in the world for solo instrument and orchestra in 2003.The magazine said, “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.”

Review

However much fun it may be at first, and however fabulously virtuosic the soloist may be (and Oystein Baadsvik is as amazing as they come), hearing an entire program consisting of stuff like Vivaldi's Winter, or Grieg's Anitra's Dance arranged for tuba and strings might very well outlive its cuteness value pretty quickly. So Baadsvik wisely mixes things up a bit, by including such inherently less-than-serious items such as Vittorio Monti's Csárdas (where he somehow manages a convincing tuba approximation of schmaltzy violin vibrato) and Arban's Carnival of Venice. The main work, however, a perfectly lovely neoclassical concerto for tuba and strings by Arild Plau (b. 1920), allows the soloist to display his expressive credentials--and deserves to enter the repertoire of tuba virtuosos everywhere. Similarly impressive is Thomas Steven's entertainingly brief Variations in the Olden Style, based on a tune taken from Bach's French Suites. 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, at least once in a while.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

 

Track List

1.
Fnugg by Oystein Baadsvik
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae

2.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy
Notes: Arranged for tuba and ensemble

3.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 16, Anitra's Dance by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1892; Norway

4.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35: no 1 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881; Norway

5.
Concerto for Tuba and Strings by Arild Plau
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae

6.
Kesh Jig by Traditional
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae

7.
Variations in Olden Style - d'après Bach by Thomas Stevens
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae

8.
Variations for Trumpet on "Carnival of Venice" by Jean-Baptiste Arban
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
Period: Romantic
Written: France
Notes: Arranged for tuba and ensemble. 

9.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
Period: Romantic

 

Oystein Baadsvik racing through The Carnival of Venice:

 

And his famous Fnugg explained:

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