Hugo Alfvén: Symphonies Nos. 1-5; Swedish Rhapsodies

Hugo Alfvén: Symphonies Nos. 1-5; Swedish Rhapsodies

by Neeme Jarvi
     
 

Performed irregularly outside Sweden and seldom recorded, let alone released in a comprehensive package, Hugo Alfvén's symphonies and rhapsodies are well served in this enjoyable five-disc set from BIS; through the exemplary performances by Neeme Järvi and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, theseSee more details below

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Performed irregularly outside Sweden and seldom recorded, let alone released in a comprehensive package, Hugo Alfvén's symphonies and rhapsodies are well served in this enjoyable five-disc set from BIS; through the exemplary performances by Neeme Järvi and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, these overlooked orchestral masterworks may at last receive wider recognition. Most significant and rewarding are the five symphonies, composed between 1896 and 1952. This impressive body of work is comparable in Romantic expression, inventive orchestration, and dynamic energy to the seven symphonies of Sibelius. Järvi and the orchestra present them with high drama and intense feeling, and their robust playing, consistently clear timbres, and coherent interpretations help unify the symphonies, despite the wide chronological gaps between them and Alfvén's stylistic changes. Of secondary importance are the three "Swedish Rhapsodies" and miscellaneous short works and suites of incidental music. Yet these vibrant pieces complement the symphonies with their nationalistic color, free-spirited melodies, and occasional humorous antics. Taken as a whole, this compilation is a generous serving of Alfvén's most compelling music, and will stand for some time to come as the most authoritative portrait of the composer. The exceptional sound of the original releases, issued between 1988 and 1993, is preserved in this 2004 reissue.

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Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318591478805
catalogNumber:
1478/80
Rank:
314604

Tracks

  1. Swedish Rhapsody No.2, "Uppsalarapsodi" Op. 24  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 7, R24  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Drapa for orchestra, "In Memoriam King Oscar II" Op. 27, R62  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Revelation, cantata for bass, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 31, R80: Andante Religioso  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. Swedish Rhapsody No.1 'Midsommarvaka' Op. 19  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11, R28  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Swedish Rhapsody No.3, "Dalarapsodi" Op. 47  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Christer Johansson  - Neeme Jarvi  - Ib Lanzky-Otto  - Alf Nilsson  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  8. Symphony No. 3 in E major, Op. 23, R54  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. Prodigal Son, ballet suite, R214  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  - Karl-Ove Mannberg  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. En Skärgårdssägen for orchestra, Op. 20, R49  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  11. Symphony No. 4 in C minor ("Fran Havsbandet"), Op. 39, R93  - Hugo Alfvén  - Claes-Håkan Ahnsjo  - Robert von Bahr  - Per-Olof Gillblad  - Christina Hogman  - Neeme Jarvi  - Elemér Lavotha  - Karl-Ove Mannberg  - Lucia Negro  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  12. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 1. Besvärjelse  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  13. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 2. Trollflickans dans  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  14. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 3. Sommarregn  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  15. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 4. Vallflickans dans  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  16. Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54, R209  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  17. Gustav Adolf II for orchestra, Op.49, R121: Elegy  - Hugo Alfvén  - Robert von Bahr  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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