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Alfvén - The Symphonies & Rhapsodies

Composer Hugo Alfvén
Performer Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö
Christina Högman
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1478 CD
EAN 7318591478805
Format CD  –  5 discs
Release date Sep 2004
Total time 344'09

5 CDs for the price of 3

Some of the most colourful music to come out of Sweden – and indeed some of the most Swedish music there is! – was composed by Hugo Alfvén (1872- 1960). The Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 - also known as Midsummer Vigil – is a splendid evocation of Sweden's most important seasonal festival, combining all the dancing, aquavit, wild-flowers, folk costumes and eroticism one could possibly ask for.
The brilliantly orchestrated Suite from the Mountain King is one of the most frequently performed pieces of Swedish music. But Alfvén is also highly regarded as a symphonist and he claimed that his Symphony No. 1 was the first to be written 'in the Swedish language.'
This attractively priced box brings together all of the symphonies, the three Swedish rhapsodies and other works – a large part of Alfvén's output for orchestra. Previously released on five separate CDs, these recordings were greeted with great enthusiasm by reviewers when first released.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Hugo Alfvén
01 Uppsalarapsodi (Swedish Rhapsody No.2), Op.24 9'54
 
  Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op.7 40'19
02 I. Grave - Allegro con brio 14'14
03 II. Andante 8'05
04 III. Allegro, molto scherzando 8'24
05 IV. Allegro, ma non troppo 9'36
 
06 Drapa for large orchestra, Op.27 10'21
 
07 Andante Religioso from Revelation Cantata, Op.31 3'41
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Hugo Alfvén
01 Midsommarvaka (Swedish Rhapsody No.1), Op.19 13'30
 
  Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.11 52'50
02 I. Moderato 14'41
03 II. Andante 12'13
04 III. Allegro 9'28
05 IV. Preludio. Adagio 6'16
06 Fuga. Allegro energico 10'12
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Hugo Alfvén
01 Dalarapsodi ( Swedish Rhapsody No.3), Op.47 21'26
 
  Symphony No.3 in E major, Op.23 37'19
02 I. Allegro con brio 10'15
03 II. Andante 9'44
04 III. Presto 8'15
05 IV. Allegro con brio 9'05
 
  Den förlorade sonen (The Prodigal Son), Suite 18'14
06 I. Gånglåt från Leksand - Sonens gånglåt 4'06
07 II. Polska från Orsa 1'30
08 III. Drottnings av Saba festmarch 2'17
09 IV. Polketta 2'36
10 V. Steklåt 2'36
11 VI. Polka 2'21
12 VII. Final 2'48
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Hugo Alfvén
01 En skärgårdssägen (A Tale from the Archipelago), Op.20 16'11
 
02 Symphony No.4 in C minor, Op.39, Från havsbandet (From the Outermost Skerries) 47'21
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Hugo Alfvén
  Bergakungen (The Mountain King), Suite, Op.37 14'49
01 I. Besvärjelse 4'04
02 II. Trollflickans dans 4'30
03 III. Sommarregn 2'16
04 IV. Vallflickans dans 3'59
 
  Symphony No.5 in A minor, Op.54 47'27
05 I. Lento - Allegro non troppo 17'03
06 II. Andante 7'10
07 III. Lento - Allegro - Presto molto agitato 6'47
08 IV. Finale. Allegro con brio 16'27
 
09 Elegy from Gustav II Adolf, Op.49 4'06
 
  Album total 344'09
ComposerAlfvén, Hugo
OrchestraRoyal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorJärvi, Neeme
SopranoHögman, Christina
TenorAhnsjö, Claes-Håkan

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