Hugo Alfven

A Swedish composer, conductor, violinist, and painter.
He was born in Stockholm and studied at the Conservatory there from 1887 to 1891, also taking private lessons from Johan Lindegren. He also toured Europe as a conductor throughout his life. He played the violin in the Hovkapellet (the Swedish court orchestra), and from 1910 was director musices at the University of Uppsala, a post he held until 1939. There he also directed the male voice choir Orphei Drangar until 1947. With Wilhelm Stenhammar, he became known as one of Sweden's principal composers.

Alfven's music is in a fairly traditional late-Romantic idiom, colourfully orchestrated and often programmatic, attempting to evoke the Swedish landscape. Among his works are a large number of pieces for male voice choir, five symphonies and three orchestral 'Swedish Rhapsodies', of which the first, Midsommarvaka (Midsummer Vigil, 1903, often simply known as 'Swedish Rhapsody'), ranks as his best known piece.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1897 Symphony No 1 4.00 out of 5 stars 5 CD
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Last revision from 1951
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1899 Symphony No 2 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
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1903 Midsommarvaka, Op.19 (Swedisch Rhapsody No.1) 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1906 Symphony No 3 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1908-1913 En skargardssagen, Op.20 (A Legend of the Skerries) 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1919 Symphony No 4 4.00 out of 5 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Christina Hogman - Soprano
Claes Hakan Ahnslo - Tenor

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi

1916-1923 Bergakungen (The Mountain King) - Suite, Op.37 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1931 Dalarapsodi, Op.47 (Swedish Rhapsody No.3) 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1942-1953 Symphony No 5 4.0 stars 5 CD
alfven Review:
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi