Alfvén: Bergakungen / The Mountain King

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Alfvén: Bergakungen / The Mountain King

Evgeny Svetlanov

Editor's Choice

There's a lot more to Hugo Alfvén than Midsummer Vigil, one of the best-loved and most durable 'pops' in the orchestral repertoire, and the first of his three Swedish Rhapsodies. Not to be overlooked are five symphonies, cantatas, songs and - above all - his remarkable ballet-pantomime entitled Bergakungen (The Mountain King). Composed between 1916 and 1923, this is a substantial achievement, brimful of melodic appeal, the irresistible 'Vallflickans dans' from Act 3 a case in point, captivating poetry and giddy spectacle.It's hard to imagine a more convincing performance than it gets here under the baton of the great Yevgeny Svetlanov, who secures playing of stunning refinement and palpable commitment from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. What's more, the thrillingly sumptuous and wide-ranging recording is surely one of the finest ever made in Stockholm's Berwald Hall. read more



    Record Label

    Musica Sveciae


    1 March 2012