Category Archives: Articles 2012

Alexander Rybak’s interview in “Желтая газета”/”Yellow Newspaper”

Interview from  “Желтая газета”/ “Yellow Newspaper” №1, 2013

Author: Kataeva Viktoria

Link to the original article in Russian here

Translation by Kristina Ovcharenko
Revised by Bita

 

Alexander Rybak: “The girl wanted to kill me”

The winner of Eurovision 2009, “sunny boy”, as he is referred to as by journalists and fans, violinist Alexander Rybak had come to Moscow to present his song with the self-explanatory title: «Dostala» («Driven me up the wall»). For almost three years now, a strange female fan has compulsively pursued Sasha, and he is so sick of her at this point that the musician decided to take action and teach her a lesson by making her the heroine of his music video. After his presentation, Rybak gave a frank interview to “Yellow Newspaper.”

Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview in “Желтая газета”/”Yellow Newspaper”

Article: Alexander Rybak opened Samvad center in Nepal. Hjelp til Selvhjelp, Nr.2. 29.05.2012

Article from “Hjelp til Selvhjelp” (Help to help yourself) – the monthly magazine of the charity foundation Strømmestiftelsen.

Date of publishing: 29 May 2012. Link to the source here.

Found by Sonya Luzina. Translated by Tessa Lande. English revision by Katie Anderson.

Alexander Rybak opened Samvad center in Nepal

The same day that the Strømme foundation was given the fundraising from “Operation Day’s work” for 2012, the artist and ESC-winner Alexander Rybak opened a new Samvad center in Nepal. Samvad, which means “dialogue” in Nepali, is a new education project among casteless “Dalits”. There are three million casteless people in Nepal.

– A strongly marginalized group of people without rights in the society, at the bottom of the social ladder.
“When all others, throughout your whole life, in words and actions tell you that you are not worth anything – then you believe it yourself too, ” – a man, who is a Dalit himself says.

Rybak traveled to the Asian mountain country in connection with being one of the five that will be the vocal part of the concert “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” this year.
A significant part of the proceeds from this concert for several years has gone to the “Strømme foundation”.

Alexander Rybak: “There is delicious Borsht and sushi in Ukraine”

Interview from the magazine “MasterChef” (“Telenedelya”. Special supplement № 68, November 2011)

Link to the original article here

Author: Tamila Ablaeva

Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Katie Anderson

Alexander played a terrific piece on his violin in the first season of the show “MasterChef” , he shared his favorite recipe of “Norwegian salmon” and admitted that he accepts tasty gifts from his fans.

– Sasha, are you often invited to cooking shows?

– No, not often, but recently I was invited to a cooking show in Stockholm. But I didn’t like it, it was terrible, they didn’t ask me anything, for them it was only important to have a known person and that’s all. Because of that I was very afraid to participate in your show, but now I have a very positive feeling.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: “There is delicious Borsht and sushi in Ukraine”

“From Fairytale to Christmas music”. Review. Dec.22nd 2012

Review published on www.uriks.no 22.12.12 . Link to original article here

Written by Maria Ludvigsen.

Found by Tessa Lande. Translation by Marianne Saietz. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

Alexander Rybak – “Christmas Tales”

From Fairytale to Christmas music

Most of us know Alexander Rybak best as the boy, who brought home the gold in the Eurovision Song Contest. Some have also seen him in the talent-competition “Idol” and we have all, in some way or another, heard the song Fairytale. Now, he has put together a Christmas album, which has got the title “Christmas Tales”.

I for my part, got more than enough of this man in the Fairytale-time, but will try the best I can to review the album objective and with an open mind. My first thought about the album is that it is very much in Rybak-style and easy to recognize. It is clear that he has managed, to put his own touch to well-known Christmas songs.

Continue reading “From Fairytale to Christmas music”. Review. Dec.22nd 2012

Had picture taken with their idol Alexander Rybak 22.12.2012

Alexander Rybak Juleturne
A little embarrassing:  For Selina (10) and Anea Bråten(8), it was a little embarrassing, but very fun, to have their picture taken with their hero Alexander Rybak. They had a nice evening at the concert and would like to return once again.

Had picture taken with their idol

 Delighted Sarpsborg girls got to meet Alexander Rybak after the Christmas concert.


Source: Paper issue of Sarpsborg Arbeiderbladet 22.12.2012.
Author:  Marie Kingsrød. Photos by Vetle Grannath Magelssen

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Laila Solum Hansen. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Selina (10) and Anea Bråten (8) did not want to go to the Christmas concert. But that was before they heard that Alexander Rybak was coming.

-It was kind of strange to see him in person, since I have only ever seen him on TV, says Selina, who together with her sister was very pleased when, after the Christmas concert ‘Silent Night Holy Night’ in Tune church, had their picture with Rybak.
-He is very clever, and the concert was good. I have liked him for a long time. I didn’t want to go to the Christmas concert actually, but then Mom told me that Rybak was coming, Selina smiles.
In spite of the happiness she thought it was a little embarrassing to meet the star violinist.
-But it wasn’t scary. He was very kind,  the 10 year old says.

Continue reading Had picture taken with their idol Alexander Rybak 22.12.2012

Article: “Great voices in full church”. Dec.21st 2012

Article published on www.ha-halden.no 21.12.2012.  Link to original article here

Text and photos by  Tom Skjeklesæther

Found by Zhanna Sergueeva. Translation by Marianne Saietz and Venche M. English revision by Anni Jowett

Photo: The quintet, that filled Immanuels church yesterday evening: Alexander Rybak, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen. A performance which, also visually, showed the church in a stylish light.

Great voices in full church

Thursday evening, Halden and Immanuels church was visited by the finest Christmas-concert-veterans in the country. Something, a fully booked church knew how to appreciate.

The influx of people who want musical help, to get in the right Christmas-mood, is apparently significant. It was said, that there were more than 900 on the pews and that people had come all the way from Oslo to fill up the last seats. The Bergen-native Rune Larsen, is among those who have made Christmas-concerts of the most spectacular kind for the longest time and thus, this year’s version of “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt” is actually a 25-year anniversary.

Continue reading Article: “Great voices in full church”. Dec.21st 2012

Article: “New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak. Review of Christmas album in the Russian newspaper. 18.12.2012

Published on  www.vmdaily.ru – the web-site of Moscow daily evening newspaper “Вечерняя Москва” (“Evening’s Moscow”), 18.12. 2012.

Link to the original article here. Written by Ilija Marshak.

Found and translated by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak became known after performing at the Eurovision Song Contest-2009 with the song “Fairytale”. Photo by Michael Sadchikov-junior.

“New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak.

After having performed with the unforgettable song “Fairytale” at “Eurovision-2009”, Alexander Rybak has won not only the competition but also the winning ticket to his bright creative future.

Since then the creativity of this guy – no matter what he did – resonates with the audience.

That happened also with the last album of the 26 year-singer, which consists entirely of traditional Christmas and New Year’s songs. The hits of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, “Let it Snow” and “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” – all this acquires the new tone thanks to the fine taste of Rybak who once again put emphasis on violin and keyboards. Regarding sound, the album is maximally close to the music of the Christmas Masterpieces of Disney’s studios and the main highlight is the violin of course, because of that Rybak became famous in 2009. Since then the artist has recorded several songs in Russian, two albums in English and the one in Norwegian (*actually in Swedish – comment of facebookies.org).

After having realized the demand in the western market, the musician decided to return to the English language in which all 12 tracks are performed. Listening to him you are realizing that the singer obviously prefers to go down the “for a long time, already beaten path”, however he only benefits from this – the new album of Rybak is nice to listen to from the beginning to the end. Unfortunately there will be no concerts in Moscow as a part of the tour to support the album – the musician decided not to go beyond several halls in his native Norway.

Article: “Charming in big shoes”. Review of Christmas album. Dec.13th 2012

Published on www.oa.no 13.12. 2012. Link to the original article here

Written by Frode Hermanrud

Found by Tessa Lande. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Katie Anderson

Charming in big shoes

Alexander Rybak: “Christmas tales”

Dice 4 ( of 6 )

It is not rare, that the sound of Christmas is the sound of cash registers and clinking coins, performed by artists who see their chance to supplement their income by doing some quick Christmas concerts and/or releasing a Christmas album. Christmas albums can be both pleasant, annoying, and cozy, but rarely particularly important.

Alexander Rybak is sailing on a wave of success, talent, and a youthful belief in his own excellence, so it is not strange that he should also record a Christmas album! On “Christmas Tales” Rybak resorted to the oldest trick in the book for a Christmas album, which is to surf on the crooner-wave.

Continue reading Article: “Charming in big shoes”. Review of Christmas album. Dec.13th 2012

Article: “Filled the church with Christmas songs”. Dec.14th 2012

Article published on www.sb.no 14.12.2012. Link to original article here

Written by Sindre Trygsland. Photo: Atle Møller

Found by Krystyna Khalidi. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The quintet consisting of Alexander Rybak (from left), Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen performed Christmas songs in front of an almost packed Sandefjord Church.

Filled the church with Christmas songs.

There were few empty seats in Sandefjord Church when “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” was visiting Friday.

The quintet consisting of Rune Larsen, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak attracted hundreds of people of all ages in Christmas mood to the Christmas concert.
It was Alexander Rybak who had the honour of opening a program, fully packed of traditional Christmas songs, as he started with the classic “Glade Jul” on the violin, before the quintet’s four remaining members joined with vocals.

Continue reading Article: “Filled the church with Christmas songs”. Dec.14th 2012

Interview with Alexander Rybak in Azeri magazine “Your Passage”

Interview was made during Alexander’s visit to Baku in May 2012

Article published in the paper-issue of  “Your Passage”, №36, 2012

English translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Alexander Rybak: I grew up on the symbiosis of classical and folk music

Charming, talented, cute, emotional, and a little shy – that’s how I remembered Alexander Rybak. He didn’t get a star fever, he can admire, enjoy and love. The most important people in his life are his parents. And he was infinitely glad to meet Will Smith, he was marvelled by his simplicity and sense of humour, at the reception in honour of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama. He appreciates honesty and loyalty in people, because he is like that himself . And in addition he is interested in psychology, dogs and sushi. … Although he is extremely busy, Alexander Rybak took time for “PASSAGE” and revealed his little secrets in an exclusive interview. By the way, we had agreed that we’ll mention “ESC” only in passing – since there are too many other interesting topics.

Continue reading Interview with Alexander Rybak in Azeri magazine “Your Passage”

Review of Alexander Rybak’s album “Christmas tales” from Canadian website

Article published on www.musikuniverse.net. Link to original article in French here.

Written by  Marc Desgagné

English translation by Marion Delafoy-Martin

In 2012, Alexander Rybak, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest  2009, gave us his first Christmas album, “Christmas Tales”. You already know the vast majority, if not all, of the songs that are on this album. However, Rybak became known with his singing and his violin, and there is no exception on a title such as “Let It Snow”. Piano and the rest of the music are well done.

Thereafter, you cannot reinvent the classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Whether it is Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, they forged the strength of this song and its history. This is probably why the version of Rybak is perfect for a new generation and it offers a younger voice, which has a potential for years to come. On “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” the female voice makes us relive our nostalgic moments of Christmas and Rybak’s violin gives it a special touch.

Continue reading Review of Alexander Rybak’s album “Christmas tales” from Canadian website

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.

Continue reading Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

Article: “Sang for a fully packed church”. Dec.10th 2012

Article published in the paper-issue of Smaalenenes avis 10.12.2012

Written by Astrid Helen Holm

Found by and picture-scans by Ida Brøske Kleven. Translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Katie Anderson

Star Team: Alexander Rybak (left), Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen provided the pre-Christmas mood in Eidsberg church with “Strømmestiftelsens” pre-Christmas concert.

Sang for a fully packed church

Tearful and welcome pre-Christmas tradition in Eidsberg Church.

Crowded bench rows and an audience moved to tears, testified that the 25 year old Christmas concert, “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” is a welcome pre-Christmas tradition to many people.
Alexander Rybak, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen, Marian Aas Hansen and Rune Larsen. It was the real team of star artists that Saturday afternoon,  that made people attend the musical experience experience in Eidsberg church.

Continue reading Article: “Sang for a fully packed church”. Dec.10th 2012

Article: How the Rybak family celebrates Christmas. “Se & Hør”, 07.12.2012

Article in the paper issue of “Se & Hør”. Published on 07.12.2012

Found by Tessa Lande. Scanned by Venche M. English translation by Jorunn Ekre. English revision by Anni Jowett.

NICE ATMOSPHERE IN THE LIVING ROOM: The Rybak family have already decorated for Christmas with beautiful Christmas marbles in the window and a Santa Claus in the window frame.

Here we  celebrate Norwegian Christmas

Text: Per Sigve Kleppe
Photo: Geir Egil Skog, Se og hør

The Rybak family comes from Belarus, but they celebrate Christmas with pork rib and a Christmas tree!

Alexander Rybak (26) travels for over 300 days a year, but for Christmas Eve the Eurovision Song Contest star only wants to be in one place: At home at Nesodden. He has all his good childhood memories here.

– It`s important to me that Mom, Dad and I give each other priority on this day,- Alexander says.
At home dad Igor (58) and mom Natalia (53) celebrate Christmas in the best Norwegian tradition. Mom makes Christmas breakfast and fixes the pork rib for dinner. Alexander visits the neighbours with Christmas presents.

Continue reading Article: How the Rybak family celebrates Christmas. “Se & Hør”, 07.12.2012

Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Lillestrøm 07.12.2012.

Article in the paper issue of “Romerikeposten.no” , published on December 8, 2012

Author: Jan Rudolp Pettersen. Photo: Lisbeth Andresen

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Tessa Lande.  English revision by Katie Anderson

POPULAR CONCERT: A lot of people were in attendance when Alexander Rybak, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen  traveled  around for the 25th time with the pre-Christmas concert “Stille Natt Hellig Natt”  to Lillestrøm church. Two fully packed churches met the popular artists

 Pop concert at Christmas

For 25 years, Larsen and his gala of artists have  traveled around during the Christmas season. Last night, the Lillestrøm church was the arena, with two sold-out concerts of “Stille Natt Hellig Natt. “

All the artists in this musical performance are representative of  many qualities. Marian Aas Hansen, Elisabeth Andreassen, Alexander Rybak, Tor Endresen and Rune Larsen. They all contribute with good singing, both alone and together.

Continue reading Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Lillestrøm 07.12.2012.

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.

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

Here are the Christmas albums you don’t want to miss! 06.12.2012

Here are the Christmas albums you don’t want to miss!

Steven Curtis Chapman, Alexander Rybak and Gaither are all giving us a taste of an American-inspired Christmas, but Norwegian treats are also to be found among the Christmas-albums of this year.

Continue reading Here are the Christmas albums you don’t want to miss! 06.12.2012

Article: Alexander Rybak: “I want my own family”. Her&Nå, 04.12.12

Article in the paper issue of Her&Nå, published on 4.12.12

Photo: Stian Broch
Author: Philip reiler

THE CHILDRENS FAVOURITE: Alexander Rybak has a very special appeal on children.

Found and translated by Tessa Lande. English revision by Annie Jowett.

Alexander – bachelor and fiddler – I want my own family

Alexander Rybak has an absolutely uncanny way of relating to children and capturing their attention. Now he dreams of his own family as well.

The thrill at Slattum School in Nittedal is to touch and feel. Alexander Rybak (26) is this year’s Christmas present for the violin-playing children in the 6th grade. And when the favourite appears, the cheering will not end.
The children throw themselves upon him, and with charm and musical wit Alexander takes the teacher role as a matter of course. The students spent the fall practising “Fairytale”, and Alexander gives his personal tips and advice to the children, who sit like lighted candles.
Continue reading Article: Alexander Rybak: “I want my own family”. Her&Nå, 04.12.12

Article: 2 Reviews of “Christmas tales”. Nov.30th – Dec.4th 2012

Article published on www.side3.no 4.12.2012.

Written by Tor Hammerø. Link to original article here

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Mary-Ann Hansson.

 

Alexander Rybak – Christmas tales

                                        

Alexander Rybak – Christmas tales

Grappa/Music co-operators

In a way it is not surprising,  Alexander Rybak takes on a bunch of the American ”pop”- Christmas songs. He has told us, both verbally and musically, that part of his heritage is from a tradition, which the gentlemen Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra helped to establish. This means we are served quite american versions of, among others, “The Christmas Song”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Let it Snow”, “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “Silent Night” with Rybak on both violin and vocals. The wrapping includes everything from big band to a lot of strings and good vocal help from the group Pust and I don’t doubt for one second, that Rybak is sincere about this.

Dice: 4 ( of 6 )

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Article published on www.aftenbladet.no 30.11.2012.

Written by Kine Hult. Link to original article with Spotify-links here

Found by Marit Olavsdatter. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Katie Anderson.

Cozy fiddle Christmas

 Alexander Rybak, Christmas tales

Norwegian Grand Prix winners have done well in the Christmas- album business before, so it is probably only fair that a Rybak variant came along too. It is, not unexpectedly, the fiddle-playing that makes this album stand out a little,  from the now-overflowing basket of mediocre popversions of “played- to- death”- songs.

Rybak has a warm and charming style, and he never tries to “invent the traditions” of Christmas again.

Best track: “Let it snow”.

Dice: 4 ( of 6 )

 

Alexander has a very special relationship to his mom. Hjemmet 03.12.12

Alexander Rybak has a very special relationship to his mom

Regardless of how busy Alexander Rybak (26) is, he always puts his soul into the Christmas gifts for his mom Natalia (53). Mother and son have a very close relationship. 
– She is the most important person in my life, he says.

Article in the paper issue of  the Norwegian weekly magazine “Hjemmet”, published on 3.12.2012.  Text: Hans Petter Treider
Photo: Jørn Grønlund

Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre and Tessa La. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn and Anni Jowett.

– Do you wonder when I’m most happy?  Natalia Rybak repeats while she smiles widely. Then she turns around and looks at her son who is sitting next to her. My answer is probably the same as with all mothers: I am most happy when my child is happy. It means everything that Alexander is doing well, Natalia says and gives her son a big hug.

Continue reading Alexander has a very special relationship to his mom. Hjemmet 03.12.12

“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.

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

Alexander Rybak: “Christmas Tales”! Release Nov.23rd 2012

Info found by Sonya Luzina, Jorunn Ekre, Ulli Cologne, Hildebjørg Ha, Hilde M., Tessa La and Venche M. Translated by Marianne Saietz

Release  from Grappa.no in Norway Nov.23rd 2012

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Sale and WORLDWIDE delivery of the physical album:

The Norwegian Record-Label “Grappa.no“,  sell and deliver the physical album worldwide. Their page in English here

Swedish shop “Bengans skivbutik“. Sell and deliver the physical album worldwide .  Also sale from their shops in Sweden. Their page is  here 

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 Sale for many countries as MP3 from Amazon.com:

Link to Amazon.com where you can listen to a snippet of all songs and preorder the album as MP3 HERE

 Sale for many countries as MP3 from iTunes:

You have to look up the link to iTunes in your country, yourself. Here is the link to preordering by iTunes in the USA

 

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: “Christmas Tales”! Release Nov.23rd 2012

Review of the new Alexander’s album “Christmas Tales”. VG, Nov. 25th 2012

From paper issue of VG from 25.11.12. Internet version here.

Written by Stein Østbø.

Found by Venche Mellemstrand. Translated to English by Tessa La. English revision by Katie Anderson.

 

 The Christmas Album: jazz
Alexander Rybak
“Christmas Tales”
(Grappa)

Sober, but somewhat predictable choice.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is Alexander Rybak’s sonorous start on this CD, and the warm atmosphere of Mel Torn’s “The Christmas Song” runs through Rybak’s Christmas album with a heartwarming theme, where his two own new Christmas songs fit in with the rest.

Beyond this, the repertoire is really quite predictable and interpreted to death, but with Rybak and partners tapping into what might have been just another Christmas album with all the old American hits, through fine and soft string arrangements. Rybak himself has the same correct hesitation in his voice, making “Christmas Tales” into a Christmas album that will be a nice complement to the increasingly large family of Christmas albums.

Best song: “The Christmas Song”.

Stein Østbø

Article: “Shamelessness beats handsomeness”. Vietnam Nov.25th 2012

Article published online –  and in paper-issue of www.thanhnien.com.vn – Vietnams biggest newspaper –  25.11.2012.

Written by Nguyễn Thanh Nam. Link to original article HERE

Found and translated to English by Bội-Dung Trần. English revision by Katie Anderson

 “Shamelessness beats up handsomeness”

It’s the experience that the online community learned, after watching a music video named “Oah” by the multi-talented Norwegian guy – Alexander Rybak.

In the music video, Rybak appears as a cute and joyful guy baring his heart to Moa, though she does not even care and flatly turns him down: “Alexander, I’m not interested in you!”, “Listen, I don’t want to go out with you!”, “Stop following me!”

Continue reading Article: “Shamelessness beats handsomeness”. Vietnam Nov.25th 2012

Alexander Rybak participates on tribute-album for Torbjørn Egner. Release nov.16th 2012

Info found by Sara Anja, Marianne Saietz, Julia Bezbakh and Venche M. Translated by Marianne Saietz

Release of album “Vi har den ære”.

The artists are: Ravi, Kaizers Orchestra, The BlackSheeps, Katzenjammer, Kråkesølv,  Noora Noor, Valkyrien Allstars, Magnet, Alexander Rybak, Didrik Solli-Tangen, Tooji, Jaa9 & OnklP and others”

  Sold digitally worldwide:

The album is for sale, worldwide, as MP3 amazon.com 

On both websites, you can listen to a snippet of all the songs.

Digitally for Norway on iTunes: HERE

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The physical album is for sale in some countries by the following links:

Continue reading Alexander Rybak participates on tribute-album for Torbjørn Egner. Release nov.16th 2012

Article: Alexander gives Interview to the magazine “Gwida”. Malta. Nov.6th 2012

 The article was published 6.11.2012 in the biggest weekly magazine of Malta “Gwida“.

Written by Frederick Zammit. Photo by Oliver Vanhoutte

Re-written by Marianne Saietz and Mary-Ann Hansson

“Eurovision gives me energy and inspiration” – Alexander Rybak.

Frederick Zammit chats with the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Alexander Rybak ( Fairytale ), who talks about his latest music release, Leave Me Alone, also broadcast on Radju Malta´s 90-minute weekly Eurovision program Euromix on Friday 9 November between 20.30-22.00

What is your new single Leave Me Alone all about?
“It´s called Leave me Alone. I have a stalker after me, who is from Israel. She is calling me 70 times a day, she is scaring my friends and this summer, she was outside my parents house for many days. I thought “if you can´t beat them ,join them”, so I made a song about this crazy woman and now I get to experiment with a new genre ( It´s a dance track ). And she finally gets attention, so everybody´s happy”

Continue reading Article: Alexander gives Interview to the magazine “Gwida”. Malta. Nov.6th 2012

Article: Annsofi praised by Rybak. Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 21.11.12

Article published in the paper issue of “Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad” on 21.11.12

Author and photo: Mats Duan

Found by Ulli C. Translated by Tessa Lande. English revision by Katie Anderson.

 SINGS ALONG: Alexander Rybak is ready with the Christmas CD “Christmas Tales”, which will be released 23rd of November. Annsofie Pettersen Borgenhaugen sings along with him on one of the songs.

Photo: Mats Duan

Annsofi praised by Rybak

The singer from Sarpsborg on the new Christmas CD 

Annsofie Pettersen and Alexander Rybak have definitely found the tone. On Rybak’s new Christmas album they sing in the Christmas spirit together. – It is very gratifying to work with Annsofie. She is energetic and always well prepared, something that makes the rest of us feel safer. Thus, we can enjoy ourselves more spontaneously when we sing,- Alexander Rybak says to SA.

Continue reading Article: Annsofi praised by Rybak. Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 21.11.12

CD with songs from “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt”- Christmas concerts. Nov.27th 2012

Info found at the Facebookpage of Stille Natt, Hellige Natt. 19.11.2012. Link to page here.

Translation by Marianne Saietz

Stille Natt, Hellige Natt 2012 – CD

An album with 12 songs from the Christmas concerts will be available for sale,  only at the Christmas concert-venues. The profits from the album-sale will be given to the work of the Strømme-foundation around mikrofinancing and education.

The songs on the album of this year are:
1. Stille natt, hellige natt (Marian)
2. Det lyser i stille grender (Tor)
3. Himmel på jord (Elisabeth)
4. The Christmas Song (Alexander)
5. Mary’s Boychild (Rune)
6. Himlen i min favn (Marian)
7. Ledet av en stjerne (Elisabeth)
8. Ikke en spurv til jorden (Rune)
9. His Eye is on the Sparrow (Marian)
10. Det hev ei rose sprunge (Elisabeth)
11. Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (Alexander)
12. O helga natt (Tor)

Article+Video: “A star meeting at the end of the course” Nov.17th 2012

Article published at www.varingen.no on 17.11.2012. Link to original article here 

Written by: Cecilie Lind Hånes. Photo: Cecilie Lind Hånes.

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translated by Hildebjørg Ha. English revision by Anni Jowett


A Fairytale: “Slattum Bulls” were so pleased with the fact, that Alexander Rybak came to their elementary school Thursday night, that they made him an honorary member of “Slattum Bulls” after the concert.

A star meeting at the end of the course

It’s probably few other 6th graders who have had the pleasure of performing with Alexander Rybak at their own end of course Christmas party!
Outside the gymnasium at Slattum school the torches are lit. The hallway inside is packed – of pupils, teachers, parents, siblings and grandparents, who are eagerly waiting for the doors to the auditorium to open.

Behind the doors Alexander Rybak is sitting, eating gingerbread in the middle of a group of autograph- hungry sixth graders. Some will have a signature on their violin, others will have an autograph on their t-shirt.
It’s only minutes left until six o’clock and Slattum Bulls with Berit Cardas in the lead, let the parents in.

Continue reading Article+Video: “A star meeting at the end of the course” Nov.17th 2012

“Stille natt, Hellige natt”/ “Silent night, Holy night”. Christmas-Tour. Nov.27th 2012

Text was published in an article on www.taran.no.  Link to original article here

Link to Facebook-page of Stille Natt, Hellige Natt here

Translation by Marianne Saietz. English revision by Katie Anderson

  Stille Natt, Hellige Natt 2012

After 25 years on the road, the Christmas Concert,  “Stille Natt Hellige Natt”,  has become a long-lived tradition. This year, five of Norway’s most established artists join together for 46 concerts in churches all around Norway.

Artists: Rune Larsen, Tor Endresen, Marian Aas Hansen, Alexander Rybak and Elisabeth Andreassen.
Musicians: Jon-Willy Rydningen, Olav Torget.
Producer: Tor Arne Ranghus (Taran Produksjon AS)

Link to info about the CD with songs from the Christmas concerts here

Stille Natt Hellige Natt 2012

“The mother of all Christmas-concerts” was the first to travel around in the time before Christmas with professional artists. After 25 years on the road, one could safely say, that “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt has become a tenacious tradition. Many artists have been in and out of the ensemble and this year it all peaks with an anniversary show, with 5 of our most established artists on the poster.

Continue reading “Stille natt, Hellige natt”/ “Silent night, Holy night”. Christmas-Tour. Nov.27th 2012

Alexander Rybak: “I have become a trophy for women”. Dagbladet Magasinet, 17.11.12

Author: Eivind Sæther. Photographer: Lars Myhren Holand

Internet version of the article you can find here.

Found by Venche M. Translated by Tessa La. English revision by Katie Anderson.

Trophy Man: – I have become a trophy for women, says Alexander Rybak. Foto: Lars Myhren Holand.

ONE ON ONE

They send underwear in the mail, they want his autograph on their tits, they knock on his door. But for Alexander Rybak (26), it has become too much.

Snipp, snapp, snutte*

*common phrase used at the end of a Norwegian fairytale

Current: The Christmas album “Christmas Tales”and the single “Presents” he does along with Didrik Solli-Tangen.

Driving: – I am running hard.

Favorite words: – Privilege

Recent cultural experience: – I listened to Thorbjørn Egner’s original recording of “Dyrene i Afrika” (Animals in Africa) 20 times in a row when I drove by car in Belgium.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak: “I have become a trophy for women”. Dagbladet Magasinet, 17.11.12

Alexander Rybak spent 3 days in Moscow. Reportage by Russian magazine StarHit. Nov.12th 2012

Alexander Rybak spent 3 days in Moscow. Reportage by the Russian magazine StarHit.

November 9th 2012, the magazine StarHit posted a short “teaser” on their website as advert for a longer article about Alexander, to be published in their paper issue November 12th.

Source: www.starhit.ru 09.11.2012. Photos: Sergey Milansky. 

Found and translated by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Katie Anderson

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The star of ESC, Alexander Rybak, came to Moscow for a few days to present in the capital his new Russian-language single and the video for the song, “Dostala”/(“You’ve driven me up the wall).” According to Rybak the song is dedicated to one annoying female fan, who pursues her idol too actively . “StarHit” decided to find out what Alexander Rybak did in Moscow, besides the participation in presentations and press conferences. Read the big report about the several days the musician spent in the Russian capital in the next issue of our magazine that goes on sale on November the 12th. For now we present to our readers a few shots of Alexander Rybak, taken during his stay in the First Throne.

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Nov. 12th 2012, the longer article was published in the paper-issue of StarHit.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak spent 3 days in Moscow. Reportage by Russian magazine StarHit. Nov.12th 2012

Article about Alexander Rybak’s concert with youth orchestra in Hønefoss. 11.11.12

Article from ringblad.no, published on Nov. 11.11.12

Author: Anne Gro Christensen

Link to the original article: http://www.ringblad.no/liv/article6336426.ece

Found by Ulli C. Translated by Tessa La. English revision by Anni Jowett.

Fireworks with Rybak

Alexander Rybak inspired young musicians.
It was a firework of a concert in every way, when Vestre region Youth Symphony Orchestra and children from culture schools across the region performed at Byscenen on Sunday.
Alexander Rybak is hired as a recruiting magnet and does his job with high satisfaction. There will be a lot of fantastic music in the years to come.

Continue reading Article about Alexander Rybak’s concert with youth orchestra in Hønefoss. 11.11.12

Article from the press-conference of Alexander Rybak in Moscow 07.11.2012

Article published on paparazzi.ru  on 07.11.2012. Link to original article here

Text by  Alice

Translation by Sonya Luzina

Александр Рыбак посвятил клип сумасшедшей фанатке и хочет спеть с Бурановскими Бабушками

Alexander Rybak dedicated his video to his crazy fan and he wants to sing with “Buranovskiye babushki”

The delusional fan from Israel has been stalking Alexander Rybak for a few years. The musician answered her insinuations with a video, in which he appears in a straight jacket, showing to the woman that she sent the boy to the mental hospital.

Alexander asks the fan “don’t call me anymore” in the chorus of the song.  And, by the irony of fate, the lady called him exactly during the presentation of the video

Continue reading Article from the press-conference of Alexander Rybak in Moscow 07.11.2012

Interview for Lithuanian web-magazine “City”. Nov.5th 2012 – Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak about our people, the gay pride parade and a crazy fan.

Source: www.pramogos.delfi.lt published 5.11.2012. Link to original article here  Text by Žurnalas Mieste. Photo: @LNK

Found by Erika Jasiūnienė and translated by Jolanta Esu. English revision by Katie Anderson.

Alexander Rybak, the singer and Eurovision winner (26) agreed to give, without a long hesitation, an interview for the magazine “City”, even though he is currently terribly busy with his new work and promotion. We spoke with the famous conqueror when he was preparing for a flight to Ukraine. Continue reading Interview for Lithuanian web-magazine “City”. Nov.5th 2012 — Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak: “Me and my ex-girlfriend don’t even talk to each other”. Nov. 3rd 2012

Alexander Rybak: Me and my ex-girlfriend don’t even talk to each other

Article published at www.obozrevatel.com 03.11.2012. Written by Elina Sergacheva. Photos provided by MasterManagement. Link to original article here
Found by Sonya Luzina. Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

The whole world learnt about Alexander Rybak after his victory on ESC. The smiling Norwegian conquered the audience not only with his charisma but also with his talent as a composer. The song which was acknowledged as the best one almost unanimously by European countries in the international contest, was personally written by the performer. Sasha is very proud of this fact and continues his cooperation with the committee of this contest now as the author of lyrics and music. Continue reading Alexander Rybak: “Me and my ex-girlfriend don’t even talk to each other”. Nov. 3rd 2012