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Snowflakes - A Classical Christmas

On five previous discs the astonishing tuba player Øystein Baadsvik has demonstrated his incredible versatility as a musician, while at the same time establishing that ‘anything a violin can do, a tuba can do too’, to quote a review in the Daily Telegraph of his first disc on BIS, Tuba Carnival. As Baadsvik writes in his own liner notes to the present disc: 'Every tuba player soon learns to live with people’s “oompah-oompah” prejudices, but rarely have these been challenged more boldly than here. Never before has there been a Christmas record with symphony orchestra, women’s choir and tuba!' The programme consists of lavish arrangements of Baadsvik’s own international and Nordic Christmas favourites. As befits the season, the offering contains a few surprises as well – such as Eatnemen Vuelie, inspired by joik, the traditional singing of the Sami people, and a snowy version of Baadsvik’s own piece Fnugg (‘flakes’), with elements of beat-boxing as well as the sound of the Australian didgeridoo. With the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra lending the music all the variety and uplift that only a large orchestra can provide, and the glittering voices of the Cantus choir adding a festive glow, Baadsvik's tuba carries the day - atmospheric and joyous, tuneful and meditative by turns.
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  John Francis Wade
  O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Å, kom nå med lovsang
01 O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis) 3'03
  Leigh Harline
02 When You Wish Upon a Star 3'53
  Franz Schubert
03 Ave Maria 4'12
04 Ding Dong Merrily on High 3'51
  Frode Fjellheim
05 Eatnemen Vuelie 3'21
  Alice Tegnér
06 Betlehems stjärna - Star of Bethlehem 5'27
07 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 5'00
  Adolphe Adam
08 O helga natt - Cantique de Noël 4'32
  Gustaf Nordquist
09 Jul, jul, strålande jul - Christmas, Radiant Christmas 4'55
  Öystein Baadsvik
10 Snøfnugg - Snowflakes 3'37
  Anna Baadsvik
11 Fantasi over Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker - Fantasia on My Heart Forever Roams 2'52
  Jester Hairston
12 Mary’s Boy Child 2'49
  Ruben Liljefors
13 När det lider mot jul - Christmas Draws Nigh 3'50
  Staffan Lundén-Welden
14 St Stephen’s Holiday 6'00
  Franz Gruber
15 Silent Night - Glade Jul 3'16
16 Deilig er Jorden - Fairest Lord Jesus 2'36
  Album total 65'00
ComposerAdam, Adolphe
Baadsvik, Anna
Baadsvik, Öystein
Fjellheim, Frode
Gruber, Franz
Hairston, Jester
Harline, Leigh
Liljefors, Ruben
Lundén-Welden, Staffan
Nordquist, Gustaf
Schubert, Franz
Tegnér, Alice
Wade, John Francis

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