CHRISTIAN LINDBERG (b.1958): Panda in Love for Tuba and Orchestra, ØYSTEIN BAADSVIK (b.1966): Concerto for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra, JON ØIVIND NESS (b.1968): Bogey Thresher for Tuba and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 09Q084

Label: BIS

Reference: 2005

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: Baadsvik's own piece seems designed to present the tuba concerto as a natural, approachable, enjoyable genre, as 'normal' as a violin concerto; the piece almost falls over itself in its efforts to ingratiate, like a big, friendly puppy. A teasing neoclassical opening gesture leads to the work's primary idiom, firmly romantic, rhythmically lively, full of melody and surprising twists, and immensely appealing. The middle movement has the melodic appeal of the best popular ballads, dressed up in various guises - subtly shadow-stalked, then wide-eyed innocence, then slightly overblown movie music. The finale is propulsively energetic, jazzy and strongly rhythmic. Needless to say, the solo part is immensely virtuosic. Ness helpfully explains his title as referring to a machine for harvesting ghosts. A kind of sinister, dark-humored take on ambient music, the work could equally well be described as music for an imaginary Hammer Horror movie, high in entertainment quotient; off the scale for irony. Lindberg's virtuoso concerto shares a sense of fun, and instant appeal, with the other works; passages of conflict, in which the work's humor seems assailed by sadness, violence or emotional turmoil, hint at a more serious narrative behind the colorful facade, also suggested by the ambivalent faux-naïveté of the movement titles. Øystein Baadsvik (tuba), Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra; Christian Lindberg.

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