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Snowflakes: A Classical Christmas

Baadsvik / Cantus Women's Choir / Trso / Wigum
Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1885  
Composer:  John Francis WadeLeigh HarlineFranz Xaver GruberTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony OrchestraCantus Women’s Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On five previous discs the astonishing tuba player Øystein Baadsvik has demonstrated his incredible versatility as a musician, while at the same time establishing that ‘anything a violin can do, a tuba can do too’, to quote a review in the Daily Telegraph of his first disc on BIS, Tuba Carnival. As Baadsvik writes in his own liner notes to the present disc: 'Every tuba player soon learns to live with people’s “oompah-oompah” prejudices, but rarely have these been challenged more boldly than here. Never before has there been a Christmas record with symphony orchestra, women’s choir and tuba!' The programme consists of lavish arrangements of Baadsvik’s own international and Nordic Christmas favourites. As befits the season, the Read more offering contains a few surprises as well – such as Eatnemen Vuelie, inspired by joik, the traditional singing of the Sami people, and a snowy version of Baadsvik’s own piece Fnugg (‘flakes’), with elements of beat-boxing as well as the sound of the Australian didgeridoo. With the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra lending the music all the variety and uplift that only a large orchestra can provide, and the glittering voices of the Cantus choir adding a festive glow, Baadsvik's tuba carries the day - atmospheric and joyous, tuneful and meditative by turns.

Tracklist:
O Come All Ye Faithful (Å, kom nå med lovsang)
When You Wish Upon a Star
Ave Maria
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Eatnemen Vuelie
Betlehems stjärna (Star of Bethlehem)
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
O helga natt (Cantique de Noël)
Jul, jul, strålande jul (Christmas, Radiant Christmas)
Snøfnugg (Snowflakes)
Fantasi over Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker (Fantasia on My Heart Forever Roams)
Mary’s Boy Child
När det lider mot jul (Christmas Draws Nigh)
St Stephen’s Holiday
Silent Night (Glade Jul)
Deilig er Jorden (Fairest Lord Jesus)

Øystein Baadsvik (tuba)
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Cantus Women’s Choir, Torodd Wigum
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
2.
Pinocchio: When you wish upon a star by Leigh Harline
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940 
3.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
4.
Star of Bethlehem by Traditional
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
5.
Mary's boy child by Traditional
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
6.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Written: England 
7.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
8.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik (Tuba)
Conductor:  Torodd Wigum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Symphony Orchestra,  Cantus Women’s Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

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