Alexander Rybak – Interview on and host in “Min Favorittmusikk 26.03.14

Article published at on 26.03.2014

Journalist: Ola Nymo Trulsen

Found by Ragnhild Veire. Translated by Venche M. English revising by Anni Jowett.

– I will never forget my classical roots,- Alexander Rybak said when he took over the airwaves for an hour to be radio DJ on NRK Classic.

In the programme “My Favourite Music” on Tuesday it was the artist Alexander Rybak’s turn to pick out his favourite pieces.

– Versatility is the key for me. No genre is more versatile than classical music,- Rybak said right at the start of the broadcast and fired up “Champagne gallop.”


Deeply concentrated: There is something familiar with this stand in! Alexander Rybak prepares a broadcast in NRK classic newsroom.
Photo: Sven Ole Engelsvold / NRK Classic


Rybak even played one of the few recorded tracks where he is the solo violinist.

– I am very self-critical. That is why I rarely recorded tracks as violinist. But I tried it though five years ago, as a bonus track on my pop record,- Rybak says and spin starts his own interpretation of Rakhamninovs “Vocalise”.

 On team with Bach
Rybak is for most people perhaps best known for his contributions to popular music, and is currently participating in the “Every time we meet” on TV 2.

– I have managed to get through many, many genres in this world. But I will never forget my classical roots. It is simply my identity,- Rybak said.
– Many people ask me what I look for in a classical piece. I am on team with Bach and his theory that every chord, octave and tune clip has its importance. Grief has a sound form, anger has a different and special chord twists can be perfect for falling in love, he continued, and introduced the part “Idylle” from “Suite Pastorale” by Emmanuel Chabrier.


Alexander Igoryevich Rybak
Belarusian-Norwegian musician, composer and actor.
• Birth 13 May 1986 in Minsk in the Belarusian part of the former Soviet Union.
• Son of Natalia Valentinovna Rybak (born 1959), playing the piano, and Igor Alexandrovich Rybak (born 1954), who plays the violin.
• Moved to Norway when he was four years old, and grew up in Nesodden outside Oslo.
• Became known internationally after he won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “Fairytale”, which he wrote himself.
• He was named the Spellemann of the year (Grammy) during the Spellemann prize Award 2009.
• Got the Hedda Award for his work as fiddler in Oslo Nye Theatre’s production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 2007.
• Played violin player Levi in the Norwegian children’s film “Yohan” from 2010.
• Album debut with “Fairytales” in 2009. Has released six albums in total.


You can listen  to the broadcast on radio NRK-Klassisk here or you can watch it on Youtube with English subs (soon):

Recording by Ulli Cologne. English translation by Ingegerd C. English revision by Anni J. & Katie A. Subs by Julia B.

These are the pieces Alexander Rybak selected:

• Tivoli Symph Orch + Giordano Bellincampi (conductor) – Hans Christian Lumbye: Champagne Gallop
• Alexander Rybak – Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
• The Cambridge Singers + The City of London Sinfonia John Rutter + (conductor) – John Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing
• Ulster Orch + Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor) – Emmanuel Chabrier: Idylle (from) Suite Pastorale
• The Cambridge Singers + The Philip Jones Brass Ens + The City of London Sinfonia John Rutter + (conductor) – John Rutter: Allegro (from) Gloria
• English Chamber Orchestra + David Garforth (conductor) – John Ireland: A Downland Suite: 3 rate. Minuet
• City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus BBC Philharmonic + + Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor) – Gabriel Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50
• Christ Church Cathedral Choir + Harry Bicket + Francis Grier (conductor) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K.618
• Jorge Luis Prats (piano) + Mexico City Filha chore + Enrique Bátiz (dir) – Sergei Rachmaninoff: 2 rate. Adagio Sostenuto (from) Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, C minor
• David Glazer + English Chamber Orch + Geoffrey Simon (Director) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 2 rate. Adagio (from) Clarinet Concerto, K.622, A Major

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