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

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318591478805
  • Catalog Number: 1478/80
  • Sales rank: 305,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swedish Rhapsody No.2, "Uppsalarapsodi" Op. 24 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (10:09)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 7, R24 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (40:56)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 2 Grave - Allegro con brio
    2. 3 Andante
    3. 4 Allegro, molto scherzando
    4. 5 Allegro, ma non troppo
  3. 6 Drapa for orchestra, "In Memoriam King Oscar II" Op. 27, R62 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (10:40)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. 7 Revelation, cantata for bass, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 31, R80: Andante Religioso - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (4:03)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Swedish Rhapsody No.1 'Midsommarvaka' Op. 19 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (13:45)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2–6 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11, R28 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (53:47)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 2 Moderato
    2. 3 Andante
    3. 4 Allegro
    4. 5 Preludio. Adagio
    5. 6Fuga. Allegro energico
Disc 3
  1. 1 Swedish Rhapsody No.3, "Dalarapsodi" Op. 47 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (21:40)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 3 in E major, Op. 23, R54 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (37:58)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 2 Allegro con brio
    2. 3 Andante
    3. 4 Presto
    4. 5 Allegro con brio
  3. 6–12 Prodigal Son, ballet suite, R214 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (18:51)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 6 Gånglåt från Leksand. Moderato ... Sonens gånglåt. Più allegro
    2. 7 Polska från Orsa
    3. 8 Drottningens av Saba festmarsch. Allegro maestoso
    4. 9 Polketta. Tempo di polketta
    5. 10 Steklåt. Allegretto
    6. 11 Polka.
    7. 12 Final. Polska
Disc 4
  1. 1 En Skärgårdssägen for orchestra, Op. 20, R49 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (16:35)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Symphony No. 4 in C minor ("Fran Havsbandet"), Op. 39, R93 - Hugo Alfvén & Claes-Håkan Ahnsjo (47:45)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byClaes-Håkan Ahnsjo, Christina Hogman, Neeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc 5
  1. 1 Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 1. Besvärjelse - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (4:08)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 2. Trollflickans dans - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (4:33)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 3 Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 3. Sommarregn - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (2:20)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. 4 Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: 4. Vallflickans dans - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (4:14)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. 5–8 Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54, R209 - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (48:07)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 5 Lento - Allegro non troppo
    2. 6 Andante
    3. 7 Lento - Allegro - Presto molto agitato
    4. 8 Finale. Allegro con brio
  6. 9 Gustav Adolf II for orchestra, Op.49, R121: Elegy - Hugo Alfvén & Robert von Bahr (4:37)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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Performance Credits
Neeme Jarvi Primary Artist
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