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Öystein Baadsvik - Prelude, Fnugg and Riffs

This disc presents a highly varied programme centred on the combination of solo tuba and wind band. It covers a wide spectrum of styles, from the Concerto by Boris Diev (b. 1924) – a leading figure within the great Russian wind orchestra tradition – to Swedish composer Fredrik Högberg’s (b.1971) wisecracking and effect-laden Trolltuba, a re-telling of the folk tale Three Billy Goats Gruff. A highlight on the disc is tubaist/composer Baadsvik’s own piece, the unique Fnugg Blue, a highly enjoyable showcase for various pioneering tuba techniques – including percussive effects and multiphonics. As anyone will know who has heard his previous recordings on BIS, Øystein Baadsvik is the right person to present such a programme. On his first disc he combined Vivaldi with Grieg and Monti’s Csárdás, to the delight of the critics, as testifed by the following quotes: ‘an extremely well planned, perfectly executed recital in which humour, charm, and virtuosity combine to make the best possible case for the tuba as star of the show’ (Classics and ‘a recording that emancipates the tuba from its Cinderella role with ear-catching panache’ (The Daily Telegraph, UK). His second disc featured works by Hindemith, Gordon Jacob and Astor Piazzolla, and was described in the International Record Guide as ‘an outstanding recital ... Baadsvik's playing combines sweetness with strength, intensity with perception.’ On the present disc this consummate performer is backed up by the eminent Swedish Wind Ensemble under its principal conductor Christian Lindberg, with a rhythmic drive and energy which also comes to the fore in the two pieces not featuring solo tuba: Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, composed in 1949 for Woody Herman, and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Quick Blast.
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  Leonard Bernstein
  Prelude, Fugue and Riffs 7'20
01 Prelude – for the Brass 1'42
02 Fugue – for the Saxes 1'43
03 Riffs – for Everyone 3'55
  Øystein Baadsvik
04 Fnugg Blue 7'56
  Boris Diev
05 Concerto for Tuba and Wind Orchestra 9'09
  Mark-Anthony Turnage
06 A Quick Blast 8'01
  Fredrik Högberg
07 Trolltuba 7'53
  Daniel Nelson
  Metallëphônic Remix 15'23
08 I. Iron 2'11
09 II. Arsenic 1'06
10 III. Alum 2'57
11 IV. Mercury 4'49
12 V. Lead 1'25
13 VI. White arsenic 0'28
14 VII Steel 2'27
  Album total 57'33
EnsembleSwedish Wind Ensemble
ConductorLindberg, Christian
ComposerBaadsvik, Øystein
Bernstein, Leonard
Diev, Boris
Högberg, Fredrik
Nelson, Daniel
Turnage, Mark-Anthony
TubaBaadsvik, Øystein

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