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HUGO ALFVEN

A Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, Alfvén was born and had his musical training in Stockholm. He wrote a considerable amount of orchestral, choral, vocal and chamber music.

Orchestral Music

Alfvén is probably best known outside Sweden for his Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Midsummer Vigil (Midsommarvaka); this was followed by two further Swedish Rhapsodies—Uppsala Rhapsody and Dalecarlian Rhapsody. His five symphonies (in common with his vocal and chamber music) are less widely known. He himself set particular store by his first four symphonies, written in 1897, 1897–98, 1905 and 1918–19 respectively. The third of these was written in Italy, and the fourth has the programmatic title ‘Från havsbandet’ (‘From the Outskirts of the Archipelago’). His fifth and final symphony was completed in 1953. His own close association with his native country is heard in his En skärgårdssägen (‘Legend of the Skerries’), the darker counterpart to his Midsummer Vigil.

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Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAGIO CHILLOUT Naxos
8.556783
Orchestral
ALBINONI / BARBER / HANDEL (UK) Naxos
8.554584
Orchestral
ALFVEN / VARESE / LARSSON GOTHE: Wind Music BIS
BIS-CD-1268
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Bergakungen (The Mountain King), Op. 37 (Rybrant) Swedish Society
SCD1106
Ballet
ALFVÉN, H.: Festspel / Midsommarvaka / Svensk rapsodi No. 3 (Westerberg, Alfvén) Swedish Society
SLT33145
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Gustav II Adolf (Swedish Radio Symphony, Westerberg) (1967) Swedish Society
SLT33173
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Midsommarvaka / Bergakungen Suite / King Erik's Songs / Divertimento elegiaco (Royal Swedish Orchestra, Alfven, Westerberg) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80733
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Midsummer Vigil / Den forlorade sonen / Bergakungen / Festspel (Alfven, Westerberg) (1954-1957) Swedish Society
SCD1003
Orchestral
ALFVÉN, H.: Skärgårdssägen (En) / Symphony No. 5 (Swedish Radio Symphony, Westerberg) Swedish Society
SLT33174
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Symphony No. 1 / Uppsala Rhapsody / Drapa (Stockholm Philharmonic, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-395
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Symphony No. 2 / Midsummer Vigil (Stockholm Philharmonic, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-385
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Symphony No. 2 / Uppsala Rhapsody (Rybrant, Segerstam) Swedish Society
SCD1102
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Symphony No. 3 / Dalacarlian Rhapsody (Grevillius, Westerberg) Swedish Society
SCD1103
Orchestral
ALFVEN, H.: Symphony No. 3 / Dalecarlian Rhapsody / The Prodigal Son Suite (Stockholm Philharmonic, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-455
Orchestral
ALFVÉN, H.: Symphony No. 4, "Från havsbandet" (Malmborg, Vikström, Stockholm Philharmonic, Grevillius) Swedish Society
SLT33186
Orchestral
ALFVEN: 3 Swedish Rhapsodies BIS
BIS-CD-725
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Choral and Vocal Music BIS
BIS-CD-633
Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular
ALFVEN: Midsummer Vigil (Sweden Only) Naxos
8.555852
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Mountain King Suite / Symphony No. 5 / Gustav II Adolf: Elegy (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-585
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphonies and Rhapsodies (The) BIS
BIS-CD-1478-80
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 1 / Uppsala Rhapsody / Mountain King Naxos
8.553962
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 2 / The Prodigal Son Naxos
8.555072
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 3 / Legend of the Skerries Naxos
8.553729
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 4, Op. 39 BIS
BIS-CD-505
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 4, Op. 39 / Festival Overture, Op. 52 Naxos
8.557284
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 5 Naxos
8.557612
Orchestral
ALFVEN: Synnove Solbakken / En Bygdesaga / Elegie Naxos
8.557828
Orchestral
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 7: Swedish National Romantic Songs (1929-1953) Naxos Historical
8.110791
Vocal
CANDLELIGHT CAROLS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5028
Choral - Sacred
Children (Classical Favourites for) - Teddy Bear at the Concert Orkesterimusiikin suosikkeja lapsille (Nallekarhu konsertissa) Ondine
ODE927-2
Orchestral
Choral Concert: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir - NORMAN, L. / BACH, J.S. / BRAHMS, J. / POULENC, F. / SANDSTROM, S.-D. (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.572337
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Maria Choir - ALFVEN, H. / WIDEEN , I. / GUNNEFLO, K.-G. / STRANDSJO, G. / LIDHOLM, I. / PART, A. (Omnes Gentes) Proprius
PRCD9084
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Mats Nilssons Vocal Ensemble - MONTEVERDI, C. / POULENC, F. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. / JOHANSON, S.E. / WERLE, L.J. / (Sweden) Proprius
PRCD9172
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - ALFVEN, H. / SODERMAN, A. / JOSEPHSON, J.A. / MYRBERG, A.M. / OLSSON, O. (Orphei Drangar and Eric Ericson) Swedish Society
SCD1009
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - HAEFFNER, J.C.F. / WESTERMARK, O. / GEIJER, E.G. / LINDBLAD, O.J. (Ett Bondbrollop) (Orphei Drangar) Proprius
PRCD9046
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Rilke Ensemble - BACK, S.-E. / WIKANDER, D. / HAKANSON, K. / LINDBERG, O. / AHLEN, W. / ALFVEN, H. / ALMQVIST, C.J.L. (The Short Life) Swedish Society
SCD1112
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Stockholm Academic Male Chorus - PRINCE GUSTAF / BELLMAN, C.M. / ALFVÉN, H. / TÖRNUDD, H. / PALMGREN, S. / SÖDERMAN, A. / GRIEG, E. Swedish Society
SLT33154
Choral - Secular
Choral Music (Swedish) - SANDSTROM, J. / REHNQVIST, K. / STENHAMMAR, W. / HILLBORG, A. / PALM, H. (Resonanser) (Allmanna Sangen, Alin) BIS
BIS-CD-1714
Choral - Secular
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Orchestral
FANGA DAGEN (Seize the Day) Naxos
8.578216
Orchestral
FARINGER, Solveig: Scandinavian Lieder Swedish Society
SCD1049
Vocal
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Orchestral
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Orchestral
IN MEMORIAM - MUSIC FOR SOLEMN OCCASIONS Naxos
8.553435
Orchestral
JUSSI BJÖRLING MEMORIAL CONCERT Swedish Society
SLT33275-76
Vocal
KLASSISKA PÄRLOR Swedish Society
SLT33214
Orchestral
KROUMATA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Encores BIS
BIS-SACD-1452
Vocal
LINDBERG, Christian: ROMANTIC TROMBONE (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-298
Chamber Music
LUNDS STUDENTSANGARE: Skona Maj (Beautiful May) Naxos
8.557994
Choral - Secular
MALMO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Portrait BIS
BIS-CD-570
Orchestral
MIKAELI CHAMBER CHOIR: Om sommaren sköna Proprius
PROP9910
Choral - Secular
MIRACLE OF SUMMER (THE) Naxos
8.557998
Orchestral
OD (Orphei Drangar) Highlights BIS
BIS-CD-383
Choral - Secular
Orchestral Music - PETERSON-BERGER, W. / LARSSON, L.-E. / SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / ALFVEN, H. (Nordic Favourites) Naxos
8.554782
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / NIELSEN, C. (Scandinavian Rhapsody) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE824-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: STRAUSS II, J. / BRAHMS, J. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (Kevein savelin) (Segerstam, Gomez Martinez, Saul, Tikka) Ondine
ODE1077-2
Orchestral
Organ Recital: Mohlin, Erik - MANKELL, G.A. / ÅKERBERG, E. / HUGO, A. Proprius
PROP9971
Instrumental
Scandinavian Festival Naxos
8.550090
Orchestral
SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.571098
Orchestral
SCANDINAVIAN HORN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-171
Chamber Music
SOMMAR I HANGMATTAN - Lugn Musik for lata Dagar (Tranquil Music for Lazy Days) Naxos
8.578152
Orchestral
SOMMAR I SVERIGE - Tradition, Ringdans och hogtidston (Summer in Sweden) Naxos
8.578151
Choral - Secular
SOMMAR VID TORPET - Hyllning till Naturen och Svensk Folkton Naxos
8.578150
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
SWEDISH CHORAL FAVOURITES, Vol. 1 - Gladjens blomster Naxos
8.554631
Choral - Secular
SWEDISH MARCH FAVORITES Naxos
8.554267
Orchestral
Swedish Music for Wind Ensemble (GoteborgsMusiken) Naxos
8.555851
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Swedish Orchestral Favourites, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553115
Orchestral
SWEDISH PASTORALE (A) BIS
BIS-CD-165
Orchestral
SWEDISH ROMANCE FOR MEDITATION Naxos
8.570303
Orchestral
SWEDISH STRING MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1181
Orchestral
SWEDISH SUMMER FAVOURITES, Vol. 2 - Sommar, Sommar, Sommar Naxos
8.554595
Orchestral
THERE CAME A NOTE: A Swedish Bouquet BIS
BIS-CD-591
Vocal
TRIO X OF SWEDEN: Traumerei Prophone
PCD139
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES SEA CHANTERS CHORUS: Sea Chanters On Tour Altissimo
75442270822
Choral - Secular
UTI VAR HAGE - Svenska Korfavoriter (Swedish Choral Favourites) Naxos
8.572017
Choral - Secular
UTSKARDGARD - Music from the Beach to the Bay Proprius
PRCD9038
Instrumental
VARMA RODA STUNDER - Romantisk Klassisk Musik (Warm Red Hours - Romantic Classical Music) (3CD set) Naxos
8.503038
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Bjorling, Jussi - ALFVEN, H. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. / NORDQVIST, G. / KORLING, S.A. / SIBELIUS, J. / ALTHEN, R. (Till Havs) (1957-1959) Swedish Society
SCD1100
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Tilling, Camilla - ALFVÉN, H. / GRIEG, E. / SIBELIUS, J. / STENHAMMAR, W. (I Skogen - Nordic Songs) BIS
BIS-2154
Vocal
WIESLER, Manuela: Small is beautiful - Short Pieces for Solo Flute BIS
BIS-CD-869
Instrumental

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