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”.
A good album, and a very pleasant surprise, worthy of any collection. The original works for tuba by Plau and Stevens prove that the tuba is not only a viable solo instrument, but a fairly magnificent one. If you are a tuba player yourself, you cannot pass on this album: it simply must be in your collection.
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.
Phenomenal virtuosity. A recording that has the best possibility of opening the ears of a large and curious audience.
Baadsvik is a player of exceptional skill.
…his capacity for lyricism in a recording that emancipates the tuba from its Cinderella role with ear-catching panache. Baadsvik shows that anything a violin can do, a tuba can do too.