It was thanks to composer Hugo Alfvén that Sweden got its very first recording label devoted purely to classical music. The bond of friendship that existed between him and the recording enthusiast Hans Peter Kempe proved one of the most important in the history of Sweden’s recording industry. The Midsummer Vigil LP, which was the label’s very first release, raised Alfvén’s profile to an international level.

In 1958 Kempe was contacted by Claude Génetay, a member of the Stockholm Radio Orchestra. He had researched and written out the parts to a long dormant work by “the father of Swedish Music”, Johan Helmich Roman: The Drottningholm Music. Génetay suggested that Kempe record the work. Even in the 1950s Roman’s music was almost unknown, but this new recording, made appropriately in the Drottningholm Court Theatre, found immediate popularity among a large audience.

Today, Swedish Society Discofil is still an important player in the recording of Swedish music and artists. Being considered an audiophile label, it shares its recording philosophy with sister-labels Proprius and Prophone.


Album Title Catalogue No.
A Portrait of Bengt Hambræus, Vol. 1 MAPCD9131
A Portrait of Bengt Hambræus, Vol. 2 MAPCD9236
A Swedish Song Collection (1957-1967) SCD1117
Alfven: Bergakungen (The Mountain King), Op. 37 SCD1106
Alfven: En skärgårdssägen - Symphony No. 5 (1967) SLT33174
Alfvén: Festspel - Midsommarvaka - Dalarapsodi SLT33145
Alfven: Gustav II Adolf, Op. 49 (1967) SLT33173
Alfven: Midsummer's Vigil (1954-1957) SCD1003
Alfven: Symphony No. 1 - Gustav II Adolf (The Alfven Edition, Vol. 1) SCD1101
Alfven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major - Uppsala Rhapsody SCD1102
Alfven: Symphony No. 3 in E Major - Dalacarlian Rhapsody SCD1103
Alfven: Symphony No. 4 SLT33186
Alice Babs SLT33170
Alice Babs serenading Duke Ellington SLT33233
Alice in Israel SLT33210
Allan Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 16 SCD1002
And There Was Music SCD1152
Andree: 2 Organ Symphonies / Chorale With Variations / Symphonic Poem SCD1085
Anglanatt SCD1115
Arias and Overtures SCD1062
Ave maris stella SCD1042
Bach - Highlights SCD1091
Bach: Gottes Zeit / Wachet Auf / Magnificat in D Major SCD1065
Bach: Mass in B Minor SCD1092-93
Bach: Partita No. 3 - 6 Little Preludes - Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor - Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue SCD1077