JÖRG DUDA (b.1968): Tuba Concerto No. 1, Op. 67/1, Fantasia II for Tuba and Harp, Op. 29/2, Funky Nightmare for Flute, Bass Clarinet and Tuba, Op. 55d/1, Burlesque en Miniature for Tuba, Harp and Piano, GISBERT NÄTHER (b.1948): Duo for Tuba and Harp, Op. 120, KJELL ROIKJER (1901-1999): Capriccio for Tuba and Orchestra, Op. 66.
Catalogue Number: 05N083
Reference: GEN 12231
Description: Duda’s concerto is tremendous fun; a fully-fledged Romantic concerto for its unusual solo instrument that takes itself seriously enough to be entirely musically satisfying, while enjoying its slight air of eccentricity in some deliciously tongue-in-cheek moments. The combination of tuba and harp should be eccentric to the point of perversity, but Duda makes it work in an attractive piece that allows both instruments to do what they do in music of great charm. Näther’s approach to the same odd combination is completely different, exploiting the difference between the instruments in a series of episodes that suggest two very different characters looking for an idiom with which both are comfortable - tonal and melodic, angular and modern (with the tuba trying to assert its modernist credentials by bending notes) and in lively, neo-romantic dialogue. Funky Nightmare is a great joke, and the Burlesque a most attractive encore. Roikjer’s Capriccio is an energetic scherzo, thoroughly tonal and Romantic - the same material with slightly different orchestration and a more conventional solo instrument could almost be by Weber or Mendelssohn. Andreas Mildner (harp), Hinrich Alpers (piano), Michael Martin Kofler (flute), Albert Osterhammer (bass clarinet), Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Philharmonie Salzburg; Andreas Martin Hofmeir (tuba).