Alfvén: Complete Symphonies

Alfvén: Complete Symphonies
Composer Hugo Alfvén
Artist Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Järvi conductor
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 8974
EAN code 5029365897426
Release April 2006

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About this release

Hugo Alfvén remains one of the best-loved of Swedish Romantic composers. He was especially drawn to the possibilities of the
orchestra, and considered his first four symphonies to be his most important works, though he also described the first movement of the Fifth, with characteristic modesty, as ‘the least bad thing I have written’.

His music is distinguished by orchestral subtlety and by a painterly exploitation of harmony and timbre. Even the abstract works such as the symphonies are coloured by the water and light of the Swedish archipelago, but he also composed a set of Swedish Rhapsodies which are included here.

Other information:
- Extensive booklet notes.
- "The orchestral playing under Neeme Järvi is very responsive indeed…this account is eminently persuasive and the recording beautifully balanced with detail perfectly placed and plenty of air round the sound… In the touching 'Elegy' from Gustav II Adolf, perhaps his most affecting and deeply felt piece, Järvi is at his most persuasive and gets marvellously responsive and committed playing from the Stockholm orchestra" (Gramophone).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Uppsala-Rapsodi Op.24 (Swedish Rhapsody No.2)
  2. Symphony No.1 in F Minor, Op.7 : I. Grave – Allegro Con Brio
  3. Symphony No.1 in F Minor, Op.7 : II. Andante
  4. Symphony No.1 in F Minor, Op.7 : III. Allegro, Molto Scherzando
  5. Symphony No.1 in F Minor, Op.7 : IV. Allegro, Ma Non troppo
  6. Drapa För Stor Orkester (For Large Orchestra), Op.27
  7. Andante Religioso (From “Revelation Cantata”, Op.31)

Disk 2

  1. Midsommarvaka, Op.19 (Swedisch Rhapsody No.1)
  2. Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.11 : I. Moderato
  3. Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.11 : II. Andante
  4. Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.11 : III. Allegro
  5. Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.11 : IV. Preludio: Adagio
  6. Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.11 : Fuga: Allegro Energico

Disk 3

  1. Dalarapsodi, Op.47 (Swedish Rhapsody No.3)
  2. Symphony No.3 in E Major, Op.23 : I. Allegro Con Brio
  3. Symphony No.3 in E Major, Op.23 : II. Andante
  4. Symphony No.3 in E Major, Op.23 : III. Presto
  5. Symphony No.3 in E Major, Op.23 : IV. Allegro Con Brio
  6. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Gånglåt Från Leksand – Sonens Gånglåt
  7. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Polska Från Orsa
  8. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Drottningens Av Saba Festmarsch
  9. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Polketta
  10. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Steklåt
  11. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Polka
  12. den Förlorade Sonen (the Prodigal Son) – Suite : Final

Disk 4

  1. En Skärgårdssägen, Op.20 (A Legend Of The Skerries)
  2. Symphony No.4 in C Minor, Op.39, Från Havsbandet (from The Outermost Skerries) : Moderato – Allegro – Moderato – Allegro....

Disk 5

  1. Bergakungen (the Mountain King) – Suite, Op.37 : Besvärjelse (invocation)
  2. Bergakungen (the Mountain King) – Suite, Op.37 : Trollflickans Dans (sorceress’s Dance)
  3. Bergakungen (the Mountain King) – Suite, Op.37 : Sommarregn (summer Rain)
  4. Bergakungen (the Mountain King) – Suite, Op.37 : Vallflickans Dans (herdmaiden’s Dance)
  5. Symphony No.5 in A Minor, Op.54 : I. Lento – Allegro Non troppo
  6. Symphony No.5 in A Minor, Op.54 : II. Andante
  7. Symphony No.5 in A Minor, Op.54 : III. Lento – Allegro – Presto Molto Agitato
  8. Symphony No.5 in A Minor, Op.54 : IV. Finale: Allegro Con Brio
  9. Elegy From “Gustav II Adolf”, Op.49