6. December – Virtuoso Variations

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“In expressing authenticity, Alexander Rybak was an important partner. He is a classically trained violinist of high calibre. This he demonstrated by his performance of his own composition, ‘Julevariasjoner’ (Christmas variations) built over the song ‘Vi tenner våre lykter’ (We light our lanterns), from the TV series ‘Jul I Skomakergata’ (Christmas in Shoemaker street). Here he shows his virtuosity to the fullest. With a wide use of double grips, and other technical finesses, he carries the simple melody into several classical stylistic expressions.”  Link to: Review in Fredrikstad Blad 10.12.2012

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The song in another form. “Vi tenner våre lykter” was the sing-along extra on Alexanders “Swinging home for Christmas” tour in 2010. Now with English translation of the lyrics.

And the original song from the Norwegian Children Christmas show “Christmas in Shoemaker Street” on NRK from 16.12.1979

Calendar project by Lulu – Mexico, Bita – Canada, Katie – USA, Anni – UK, Ebba – Sweden, Slavka – Slovakia, Sonya – Russia, Hilde, Marit, Venche, Tessa, May, Jorunn – Norway

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