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Alfvén: Swedish Rhapsodies 1-3, etc / Sakari, Iceland SO

> Midsommarvaka (Midsummer Vigil), Op. 19 (Swedish Rhapsody No. 1) - Midsommarvaka (Midsummer Vigil), Op. 19, "Swedish Rhapsody No.1"
> Upsala-rapsodi (Uppsala Rhapsody), Op. 24, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 2" - Upsala-rapsodi (Uppsala Rhapsody), Op. 24, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 2"
> Dalarapsodi (Dalecarlian Rhapsody), Op. 47, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 3" - Dalarapsodi (Dalecarlian Rhapsody), Op. 47, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 3"
> En skargardssagen (A Tale from the Archipelago), Op. 20 - En skargardssagen (A Legend of the Skerries), Op. 20
> Gustav II Adolf, Op. 49 - Gustav II Adolf, Op. 49: IV. Elegy

Album Summary

>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 2, for orchestra ("Uppsalarapsodi"), Op. 24
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 3, for orchestra ("Dalarapsodi"), Op. 47
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : En Skargardssagen, for orchestra, Op. 20, R49
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Gustav Adolf II, suite from the incidental music for orchestra, Op. 49, R121
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010
Petri Sakari gives us the most natural, unaffected and satisfying Midsummer Vigil to be heard on disc. He's light in touch, responsive to each passing mood and every dynamic nuance, self-effacing and completely at the service of the composer. Moreover, in the Upsala-rapsodi and its later companion he's fresher and more persuasive than any of his rivals on record. Even the Wagnerian-Straussian echoes from the skerries sound convincing. The only reservation concerns the Elegy from the incidental music to Ludwig Nordström's play about Gustav Adolf II, which might have benefited from greater reticence. Unusually for Sakari, he doesn't tell the tale simply or let the music speak for itself. The recorded sound is refreshingly free from analytical point-making; everything is there in the right perspective, although listeners whose first response is to find the recording recessed will find that a higher level of playback than usual will produce impressively natural results on high-grade equipment.



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>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haskolabio University Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/14/1993/10/17/1993)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : Swedish Rhapsody no 2, for orchestra ("Uppsalarapsodi"), Op. 24
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haskolabio University Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/14/1993/10/17/1993)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : Swedish Rhapsody no 3, for orchestra ("Dalarapsodi"), Op. 47
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haskolabio University Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/14/1993/10/17/1993)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : En Skärgårdssägen, for orchestra, Op. 20, R49
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haskolabio University Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/14/1993/10/17/1993)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903

>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : Gustav Adolf II, suite from the incidental music for orchestra, Op. 49, R121 :: Elegy
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haskolabio University Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/14/1993/10/17/1993)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932