Snowflakes – new CD

Date: 15/11/2011


The best of International and Scandinavian Christmas music in all new arrangements for tuba solo, symphony orchestra and women’s choir.



I have always had a weakness for Christmas records, and I have a large collection of them at home. Some records are well suited to putting up Christmas decorations, some to the baking of ginger biscuits, whilst others create the great Christmas atmosphere. Some of the songs are simply indispensable; Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them. Having released eight CDs containing everything from the classics to contemporary music and jazz, I thought it was high time to record some of the best Christmas songs myself – and, with the help of skilled arrangers, I have ventured to make my own versions. As a tuba player one soon learns to live with people’s ‘oompah-oompah’ prejudices, but rarely have these been challenged more clearly than by this very disc. Never before has there been a Christmas record with symphony orchestra, women’s choir and tuba. So why, exactly, did we chose these forces? Few ensembles can give the music as much variety and uplift as a symphony orchestra and, together with the glittering voices of the Cantus choir, I hope to make my contribution to the very special Christmas atmosphere. -Øystein Baadsvik
  1. 1 O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) 3’03 Å, kom nå med lovsang Music & text: John Francis Wade · arr. Truls Vaagø

  2. 2  When You Wish Upon a Star 3’53 Music & text: Leigh Harline & Ned Washington

  3. 3  Ave Maria 4’12 Music: Franz Schubert · arr. Øystein Baadsvik

  4. 4  Ding Dong Merrily on High 3’51 Music: trad. · text: George Ratcliffe Woodward · arr. Anna Baadsvik

  5. 5  Eatnemen Vuelie 3’21 Music:FrodeFjellheim · text:trad./BernhardSeverinIngemann

  6. 6  Betlehems stjärna · Star of Bethlehem 5’27 Music: Alice Tegnér · text: Viktor Rydberg · arr. Anna Baadsvik

  7. 7  God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 5’00 Music & text: trad. · arr. Anders Högstedt

  8. 8  O helga natt · Cantique de Noël 4’32 Music: Adolphe Adam · Swedish text: Augustin Kock · arr. Øystein Baadsvik

  9. 9  Jul, jul, strålande jul · Christmas, Radiant Christmas 4’55 Music: Gustaf Nordqvist · text: Edvard Evers · arr. Øystein Baadsvik

    10  Snøfnugg · Snowflakes 3’37 Music: Øystein Baadsvik

    11  Fantasi over Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker 2’52 Fantasia on My Heart Forever Roams Music: Anna Baadsvik

    12  Mary’s Boy Child 2’49 Music & text: Jester Hairston · arr. Øystein Baadsvik

    13  När det lider mot jul · Christmas Draws Nigh 3’50 Music: Ruben Liljefors · arr. Anders Högstedt

    14  St Stephen’s Holiday 6’00 Music: Staffan Lundén-Welden

    15  Silent Night · Glade Jul 3’16 Music: Franz Xaver Gruber · English text: John Freeman Young · arr. Truls Vaagø

    16 Deilig er Jorden · Fairest Lord Jesus Music: trad. · text: Bernhard Severin Ingemann · arr. Truls Vaagø

Øystein Baadsvik tuba


Tove Ramlo-Ystad chorus-master [alltracksexcept1,11,13&14]

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

Torodd Wigum conductor [all tracks except 5 & 10]

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