Classical and pop in beautiful association – Alexander Rybak in classical concert 7.9.2018

When the TrondheimSolistene’s classical musicians meet the entertainer and multi-musician Alexander Rybak, then yes, it can not be anything but brilliant.

Text to picture: TrondheimSolistene’s and Alexander Rybak in beautiful association and amazing interaction. Photo: Charlie Manatad

Source: Avisen Agder, published 7.9.2018. Text: Kristen Munksgaard
Found by Ulli C. Translated by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett

And it was just brilliant at Flekkefjord cultural centre Spira  on Thursday evening, with Klassisk Flekkefjord as host. For an almost packed (fully seated) grand hall, it became an unforgettable evening with the classic gems alone, and along with Alexander Rybak’s fresh appearance and interpretation of both classical compositions and new and popular songs and melodies.

In other words, it became a classic buffet of the best variety, a little more modern and playful.

TrondheimSolistene- under the direction of Geir Inge Lotsberg (who has ancestors in Flekkefjord) – celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary and consist of the best strings in Norway. They started Thursday’s performance with Edvard Grieg’s “Opus 53”, which is beautiful and understandable before continuing with Hans Werner Henzes “Sonata per Archi”. Which is  quite a more heavier classical works, surreal in its form.

– My first encounter with surrealism was in Flekkefjord when I met Lars Kristian Gulbrandsen,” said Geir Inge Lotsberg.

But then Alexander Rybak comes to the stage and gets a loud applause. He is the star, the one many in the hall have come to see and listen to live. And Rybak doesn’t disappoint. He takes his audience by storm, flirts and is playful. He is an exquisite musician and it’s nothing less than impressive that he stands on stage and plays one big piece after another without having a note to look at.

There are classic pearls, among others from Vivaldi, it’s Ole Bull’s music and there are show pieces, taken from Rybak’s own pop repertoire. And the whole time the TrondheimSolistene and Rybak complement each other in an impressive way.

The concert in Flekkefjord is the first of four where Rybak accompanies the classic strings from Trondheim. Fortunately, the people in Flekkefjord knew of their “visitation time”. And Klassisk Flekkefjord deserves honours for a bold venture.

This was spot on. Very well done.

After the concert there was book sales and book signing in the library. And many wanted a piece of Alexander Rybak. Photo: Charlie Manatad


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