The programme will include:
Amazing Grace (with tenor tuba)
Bach Two Part Inventions
Otto Nikolai duets
Flanders and Swann
Fnugg - Øystein Baadsvik (b1966)
Two young men both confident and modest
hold us all completely spellbound
with unique arrangements – magic skill blest,
on two tubas with such rich sound.
Opening number with “ventriloquism”
from behind, so unexpected,
plays Amazing Grace, and eloquently
on the treble tuba floated.
Milky tone, propelled by gasps of breathing,
spreads on warm vibration's beat
through our bodies, and the very fabric
of this church reverberates
humour, mystery and melancholy,
graceful curves of gold and silver;
they don't take themselves too seriously –
sharing joy and fun they're eager
to communicate relaxing rhythm
in the instrument's wide range.
Fine display of their professionalism
elegantly fills the stage.
Now they change the scene to voice and piano:
Flanders and Swann, piano and song;
tongue-twisting words, French horn tune so well known –
2-bas now to five instruments grown.
Speed and intricacy of the Bach suite
rivals precision of the strings.
Fnugg – the smallest dust speck, or a snowflake,
rises triumphant with the chords they sing:
didgeridoo, or chanting monks, amaze us,
all in repertoire of these two 2-bas.
Peter Horsfield 28/9/2012
(Fnugg is a piece by the Norwegian tuba soloist Oystein Baadsvik, and his
performance of it can be experienced on YouTube.)