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Alfven : Complete Symphonies Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B001716JR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Uppsala-rapsodie Op. 24
2. Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 7
3. Drapa Op. 27 för stor orkester
4. Andante religioso (from 'Revelation Cantata, Op. 31)
Disc: 2
1. Misommarvaka, OP. 19 (Swedish Rhapsody No. 1)
2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11
Disc: 3
1. Dalarapsodi, Op. 47 (Swedish Rhapsody No. 3)
2. Symphony no. 3 in E major, OP. 23
3. Den förlorade sonen (The Prodigal Son) - Suite
Disc: 4
1. En skärgardssägen, OP. 20 (A Legend of the Skerries)
2. Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 39, Frän havsbandet (from the Outermost Skerries)
Disc: 5
1. Bergakungen (The Mountain King) - Suite, Op. 37
2. Symphony No. 5 in A minor, OP. 54
3. Elegy from Gustav II Adolf, Op. 49

Product Description

Symphonies n°1 à 5 - Rapsodies Suédoises / Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Stockholm - Neeme Järvi, direction

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By happysalvo on 5 Jan. 2012
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Alfven may not be as well known as Sibelius or Nielsen, but his music is strongly melodic and holds your interest. I didn't know anything of Alfven until I heard one of his symphonies on a Naxos CD which made me want to investigate further.

There are five generously filled discs featuring the five symphonies, three Swedish Rhapsodies and other orchestral works. The performances are well recorded (you wouldn't expect anything else on a disc licensed from BIS!) and the whole set is a delight.

At the price it's well worth a look - Brilliant Classics have done another excellent job.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ron Ball on 26 April 2012
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Like many others, until I saw the advert for this boxed set, I had never heard of Alfven but with five discs for £8.99 I was not going to suffer greatly if I decided that the music was dreary and not to my tastes. But not so. Here is some beautiful music at an incredible bargain price. Glorious sound floating across a Scandinavian landscape and with wonderful recording quality as well as marvelous playing by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. I am not going to beat about the bush. Buy this bargain of the year and enjoy every minute as I did.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By BravoBaroque on 26 May 2011
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I have to confess that before buying thi set I knew nothing of Alfven but the famous 1st Rhapsody.
I didn't know what I had been missing.
It is always difficult to describe a composer to people that don't know him.I could say that Alfven is often like~ Mahler,Strauss and Elgar,but that wouldn't rightly sum up his genius,and would not really being doing him justice.His brand of Swedish lyricism is unique.
I would just say that (at this amazing price) go ahead and listen to him for yourself,you won't be disappointed.
Given that this set is conducted by Neeme Jarvi and the great Royal Stockholm Philharmonic,what are you waiting for?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruciebaby on 29 Mar. 2012
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Wow what a bargain. All five symphonies, rhapsodies the lot. Apparently his final symphony has only been recorded twice. I'd never heard of Alven before at all. However he is a magnificent composer. His music is unmistakably Scandanavian but all the more beautiful for it. How come Sibelius and Neilson are so well known but Alfven isn't? When I listened to his Swedish Rhapsody No1, the Midsommarvaka,Op.19 I was just swept away! I'm going to get a lot out of these recodings. I take my hat off to the Scandanavians. What a fantastic body of music they have.

These recordings are fantastic value and the quality is excellent!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By paulk on 23 May 2011
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Simply buy this set! Superb craftsmanship serves all the music, from the simpler dance-rhythmic compositions to the profound later symphonies. There is so much to enjoy here and it is all delightfully accessible listening: much emotion, but not sentimental. Great performances from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Järvi, and beautifully recorded, all for a ludicrously low price. Astonishing!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Waby on 16 Oct. 2011
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The quality of the recordings sound excellent on my stereo. Alfven reminds me a little of Delibes, so do not expect Scandinavian gloom and doom. Excellent value for money.
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By Sinfonie on 9 July 2014
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Hugely under-estimated composer well worth exploring. Maybe not all movements of all symphonies are of equal value, but at it's best, and I personally rate the 2nd symphony as fantastic, it will provide huge satisfaction. Performances are completely at one with the Scandinavian romantic style, the orchestral playing is never less than top rate, and sound quality is virtually faultless in dynamic control, balance, and a lack of digital fierceness. Only the meagre booklet lets down a fine set.
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Fabulous. the formerly expensive BIS recordings put out at budget price, revealing Alfven to be a great and neglected composer. I heard the fourth symphony on Radio 3 and rushed to Amazon to find this absolute gem. Superb stuff - for lovers of Sibelius and the Nordic soundworld, this is unmissable stuff. VERY highly recommended.
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