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NEW CD – 20th Century Tuba Concertos

Date: 07/11/2008

Out now, A must have CD for tubists and others with interest in the classic tuba literature.
Øystein Baadsvik – Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Anne Manson
Ralph Vaughan Williams – John Williams
Alexander Arutiunian – Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist
On this disc, the Norwegian tuba virtuoso Øystein Baadsvik explores some of the classic concertante works for tuba, including pieces by the Georgian composer Alexander Arutiunian and the Swedish composer Torbjörn Lundquist. The programme opens and closes with a Williams, however. Written in 1954, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba was at first considered a last eccentricity of an aged composer, but with the passing of time it has become recognized as a classic. 13 years later John Williams first included a big tuba solo in one of his film scores. Describing it as ‘an agile instrument, like a huge cornet’ he has been using the instrument ever since, for instance giving it the unforgettable theme of the movie Jaws. His Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra was composed for the centenary of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1985, and is a light and tuneful work well suited for such an occasion.

Noone could be better placed than Baadsvik to show the tuba in this unaccustomed role – throughout his career he has dumbfounded audiences around the world with his virtuosic and expressive performances. On his previous four discs on BIS he has given renditions of works as diverse as Kalevi Aho’s resolutely modernist concerto from 2004 and Vivaldi’s Winter ‘with a lissome fluency suggesting that anything a violin can do, a tuba can do too’ (Daily Telegraph, UK). On the present disc he is expertly supported by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anne Manson.

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