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Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

Article published in the paper-issue of  Fredrikstad Blad 10.12.2012.

Author: Guttorm O. Ihlebæk. Photo: Kent Inge Olsen

English translation by Laila S. English revision by Katie Anderson

Colors: The Artists used various colors in the lightning to make some effect.

Very good pop

Seen from a more classical point of view, there are some conditions of  the ‘Stille Natt, Hellig Natt’ Christmas concert’s concept that seem problematic. It is firstly about the authenticity of the concept.
The artists slip in covered by an acoustic backdrop made in an artificial way, while the altar area of the Cathedral is artificially colored with blue light, and later with several other quite flashy colors.
A superb sound system is backing up the singers and the instrumentalists, and they wants us to believe ‘This is how they sing and play’. But this can only be judged without help from the sound system. As a whole, the concept could be seen as smooth, un-authentic and calculated.

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Review of Christmas concerts with Alexander Rybak in Grimstad and Arendal. Agderposten, 6.12.12

Article in the paper issue of “Agderposten”, published on December 6, 2012

Found by Venche M. English translation by Jorunn Ekre. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The quintet Alexander Rybak, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen gathered 500 people in Grimstad church last night. Later in the evening they performed in Trefoldighetskirken in Arendal.

Text: Oddvar Paulsen
Photo: Anne Karin Andersen

Light a hope for Christmas

It’s unbelievable that you’d get goosebumps from hearing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at a church and at the same time get in a Christmas mood. By hearing Tor Endresen’s interpretation of it during the Christmas concert in Grimstad it provided a great beginning of a beautiful and powerful experience.

“Silent Night, Holy Night” is probably Norway’s most famous travelling Christmas concert, and the mood was set already when Alexander Rybak started playing the violin during the performance of Glade Jul (Silent Night). For 25 years different artists have filled churches all over the country under the title “Silent Night, Holy Night” like last night at Grimstad church.

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“Alexander Rybak – the new Christmas star”. Review of the concert in Kirkelandet church (Kristiansund)

Article in the paper issue of Tidens Krav, published on 29.11.12

Text and pictures: Eilif Odde  and Trygve Strand

Beautiful: Great atmosphere throughout the whole concert with Alexander Rybak (from left), Mariann Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen.

Found by Tessa Lande and Venche M. Englihs translation by Hilde M. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The new Christmas star

For 25 years, the “Silent Night, Holy Night” have toured Norway in the weeks before Christmas. With Alexander Rybak joining the team, it is quite possible they can stay on for another 25 years.

For the second time in three days, Kirkelandet church in Kristiansund was completely fully seated because of a touring pre-Christmas concert. On Sunday it was Hanne Krogh and her three tenors that was in action, yesterday we heard the more traditional “Silent Night, Holy Night,” that this year had grown from a quartet to a quintet.

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Concert at Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

Report from Bø

Written by Laila Ulvseth on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 21:51

Two days ago, I got a message. We who had been at Bø church for the Vinterbilder concert, and not seen Alexander, got a chance now. It was an offer too tempting to refuse! So I had a chat with Hildebjørg who offered me a bed for the night, and went.

We came to the church 30 minutes before the concert and sat in the car because it was cold. Two minutes later, a car drove up beside us, and I nudged Hildebjørg. Isn’t that….?

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“Good to have it done”! Article + 2 concert-videos from Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

Alexander Rybak had a bad conscience for a concert he lost in Bø before Christmas. Yesterday 10.01.2012, he made up for it with a mini concert and  half an hour of autograph writing

Article published in paper- edition of  Telemarksavisa 11.01 2012.

Written by Bjørnar Hagen Vika bhv@ta.no.

Found and translated by Laila Ulvseth


Good to have it done

A cancelled plane made Alexander Rybak miss a Christmas concert in Bø before Christmas. Last night he made up for it.
– It was sad to know that there was a town in Norway where I hadn’t completed my task, …I just had to do something about it,- Alexander said after yesterday’s mini concert in Bø church. Before Christmas he travelled around with Dennis Storhøi and Anne Vada with the concert tour Vinterbilder. Two weeks before Christmas, Bø was on the schedule, but when the artists came on stage, Rybak wasn’t there. Bad weather made him stuck in Munich.

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“Christmas on Home Ground”. Varden newspaper. December 16th 2005

Christmas-Concert:  Crossover Christmas in Breivik church last night. From the left:  Alexander Rybak, Stephen Ackles and Thomas Stanghelle.

Article in the paper issue of Varden 16.12.2005

Journalist and photographer: Helge Ottesen

Found and translated by Tessa Lande
English revision by Anni Jowett



Christmas on Home Ground

Stephen Ackles sang in Breivik Church yesterday. Today he will sing in Bamble Church.

He grew up in Breivik and lives in Langesund, and he is clearly on his home ground. I guess many of the people present yesterday would have liked to have heard more gospel from Stephen, now that he finally was in the church.

Crossover Christmas

“Crossover Christmas” is the name of the nearly two hour long Christmas concert,  Stephen Ackles participates in. The others are the tenor Thomas Stanghelle, his mother, mezzo-soprano Turid Stanghelle and the violinist Alexander Rybak. All of them took part in the famous performance by Thomas Stanghelle “Some Sunny Night” in Beijing in China this autumn. In the middle of the show they showed a short video clip from the China trip. But showing it behind the backs of the audience and on the wall of the roof of the high Brevik church, didn’t work very well. I do not know if there is something called Chinese crick in the neck, but it felt like that. Continue reading

Review about Christmas concert in Tønsberg on 13.12.2011

Article in the paper issue of “Tønsberg Blad”. 14.12.2011

Found and translated by Tessa Lande.

Journalist: Marikken W. Photographer: Peder Gjersøe


Tønsberg: Dennis Storhøi, Alexander Rybak and Anne Vada shared their winter pictures, and made some new ones for the audience in the cathedral last evening.

Welcome to the Christmas concert “Vinterbilder” in beautiful Tønsberg Cathedral, Dennis Storhøi said, before the concert started yesterday.
Together with him was Anne Vada and Alexander Rybak, and together they painted beautiful musical winter photos of the cathedral.

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