Hugo Alfvén: Symphony No. 5; Suite from 'Bergakungen'; Elegy from 'Gustav II Adolf'

Hugo Alfvén: Symphony No. 5; Suite from 'Bergakungen'; Elegy from 'Gustav II Adolf'

by Neeme Jarvi
     
 

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The furtherance of Hugo Alfvén's reputation outside Sweden depends largely on important releases like this 1992 CD from BIS, the world-premiere recording of the "Symphony No. 5" in its complete version. This symphony, Alfvén's long labor of love, was composed between 1942 and 1953, but underwent revisions until the composer died in 1960. For a long time, only the… See more details below

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The furtherance of Hugo Alfvén's reputation outside Sweden depends largely on important releases like this 1992 CD from BIS, the world-premiere recording of the "Symphony No. 5" in its complete version. This symphony, Alfvén's long labor of love, was composed between 1942 and 1953, but underwent revisions until the composer died in 1960. For a long time, only the first movement was performed with regularity, and the remaining three movements were deemed inferior or too problematic to be played at all. On hearing the four movements together at last, it is clear that Alfvén's final symphony is indeed flawed, for it is far too reliant on the melodramatic music drawn from the ballet suite "Bergakungen" (helpfully provided here for comparison). But if judged on its strengths -- its rich orchestration, unabashed emotionalism, abundant lyricism, and formal unity -- the "Symphony No. 5" has much to offer and is likely to please many fans of late-late-Romanticism. Neeme Järvi and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra devote considerable energy to make this performance as rewarding as possible, and give the symphony great propulsion, warmth, and color. The "Suite from Bergakungen" and the "Elegy from Gustav II Adolf" are interesting filler pieces, but much less endearing than the symphony. BIS offers terrific sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/1994
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590005859
catalogNumber:
585
Rank:
331525

Tracks

  1. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: Suite. Besvärjelse (Invocation)  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: Suite. Trollflickans dans (Sorceress's Dance)  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: Suite. Sommarregn (Summer Rain)  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Bergakungen, ballet-pantomime, Op. 37, R99: Vallflickans dans (Herdmaiden's Dance)  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54, R209  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Elegy from Gustav II Adolf  - Hugo Alfvén  - Neeme Jarvi  -  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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