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'Transformations' - Schuller: Tuba Concerto; Stockhausen: Harmonien; Dana Wilson: Concerto for Tuba & Winds; David Lang: Are you Experienced? For electric tuba, narrator & CO / Aaron Tindall, tuba

Album Summary

>Schuller, Gunther : Tuba Concerto no 2
>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klang
>Wilson, Dana : Concerto for tuba & wind ensemble
>Lang, David : Are You Experienced? for electric tuba, narrator & ensemble
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new recording features two tuba concertos (by Gunther Schuller and Dana Wilson), David Lang's Jimi Hendrix homage, for electric tuba, narrator and chamber orchestra, and a tuba solo by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Making a guest appearance as narrator is the late composer, Steven Stucky Tuba virtuoso Aaron Tindall has been a leader in the performance of new music for tuba, and is currently a professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (05/13/2013); Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (05/22/2015); Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (11/18/2014/11/20/2014); Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (12/13/2014).



Reviews

Virtuoso Performances
Serious classical music lovers know there's more to the tuba than "Tubby." Aaron Tindall's new recital disc just shows how much more -- and it may surprise more than a few classical cognoscenti.

Tindall performs works of four contemporary composers with contrasting styles, in settings ranging from full orchestral accompaniment to unaccompanied solo. Virtually the entire range of playing technique is heard, and some extended technique as well.

The opener, Gunther Schuller's 2008 concerto No. 2 for Contrabass Tuba and Symphony Orchestra is the most conservative work in the program, written in a loosely atonal style that reminded me of the early 1960s. The tuba's lyrical passages, especially those in the lower register, are well-crafted and engaging. Tindall's crystal-clear articulation shows amazing control, especially with multiphonics.

Karlheinz Stockhausen's 2006 Harmonien is part of an unfinished cycle of solo instrumental works (one for every hour of the day). Tindall performs this solo piece beautifully. He seems to effortlessly slip between extreme registers while maintaining a sense of unity and overall structure. Tindall makes every note relevant and meaningful.

The 2013 Concerto for Tuba and Winds Ensemble by Dana Wilson follows, lightening the mood somewhat. It's a more accessible work, and Tindall's rapid-fire double tonguing has to be heard to be believed.

Are You Experienced? by David Lang closes the program. It's the oldest of the four works (completed in 1989) but it's also the wildest. Composed for electric tuba, chamber orchestra, and narrator, the work plunges the audience into a disorienting world of semi-consciousness. No, really -- the narrator explains that we've just been hit on the head as the music starts. Tindall's performance, though incorporating feedback, guttural growls, and other extra-musical sounds is one I can only describe as musical. This isn't just noise -- there's a purpose to it all, and if you listen closely, Tindall will reveal it.

I'd recommend this release not only to anyone interested in contemporary music but to composers and arrangers. If you want to know what the tuba is truly capable of, this should be your reference recording.

Submitted on 02/24/17 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Schuller, Gunther : Tuba Concerto no 2
  • Performer: Aaron Tindall (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Jeffery Meyer
  • Ensemble: Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (11/18/2014/11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klang :: no 85 Harmonien
  • Performer: Aaron Tindall (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Stephen Peterson
  • Ensemble: Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004-2007

>Wilson, Dana : Concerto for tuba & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Aaron Tindall (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Stephen Peterson
  • Ensemble: Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013

>Lang, David : Are You Experienced? for electric tuba, narrator & ensemble
  • Performer: Aaron Tindall (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Jeffery Meyer
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990