Baadsvik’s premiere performance of Christian Lindberg’s tuba concerto "Panda in Love" was met with standing ovations and stunning reviews.
"Christian Lindberg is an accomplished composer and "Panda in Love" turned out to be something more than a tuba concerto. It was a true adventure of sounds, a jungle of impression where the panda sings, plays and falls in love with a deep, hearty voice over a great landscape of sonorities. Here was beautiful and original melodies, imaginative orchestration and a tonal language which, although modern, was carrying a deep harmony in which everything fits in with each other.
We knew that Öystein Baadsvik is one of the world leaders in his instruments. With his big tuba, he gave the panda a varied personality, let it crawl, walk, dance in triumph, go marching, run with majestic power and cry silently at night. His vibrato is as sound and solid as a warm mediterranean evening, and his panda was not at all a clumsy! It was rather a magnificent and majestic animal, with shiny fur and natural plomb, one that spoke with power. And the concerto was the highlight of the evening."
Susanne Holmlund, Sundsvalls Tidning May 28 2010.