Review of The Stockholm Culture Festival (18.08.2011.)

Rybak lived up sleepy concert

Written by  Diana Wikström

Photo by Tobias Dahlén / Photo Passion

Found and translated by Vigdis Ar.

Also available in: Greek (ελληνικά) and Russian (русский)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra was attended by three Norwegian artists in the form of Ane Brun, Christian Ihle Hadland and Alexander Rybak in a concert that was soporific and lengthy, with few elements of known and faster beats.

A symphony orchestra can be interesting and fun to listen to, but yesterday’s concert did not give rise to any great joy and energy. The Symphony Orchestra started alone but not for long. As soon as their first taste of instrumental classical works was clarified, the presenter warned that it now would be a Norwegian medley with several well-known songs. Yes, it was possible to distinguish among others A-ha. In the end of the medley came Fairytale. A well known and now a quite popular Alexander Rybak stood in the front of the stage with his violin, and lived up a little extra with vocals also.

Rybak then performed “First kiss” instrumental before he went off. The Symphony Orchestra gave us yet another classic work, Mountain King Hall, before it was time for Ane Brun who came in with guitar. A quiet song followed by an equally calm, and the concert felt more or less soporific. The next man to take over and present his music was the pianist Christian Ihle Hadland. He sat down at the rolled out piano and showed off his skills in one long piece. Christian is certainly very good at what he does, but his appearance could have been a little shorter and preferably split into two pieces, preferably with a little singing. Now it was just tough.

Viscous went to melancholy tones when Ane Brun came back and sang about love. Then it was again time for Alexander Rybak, the 2009 Eurovision winner. Rybak let the audience hear two instrumental pieces, which one of them, Mountain Rose, was written by Norwegian composer Sven Nyhus.

The presenter  concluded by speaking warmly about that there is no “us” and no “them”, in the music or the people. Everything ended with a folk song that got additional support of key harp, a quiet piece that increased more and more in the beat and were finalized in something that can be described as musical chaos. The highlight is clearly Alexander Rybak who both had verbal contact with the audience and gave some life to an otherwise sleepy concert.

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