Classics of the Phonograph

Hugo Alfven

The composer Hugo Alfvén

The composer Hugo Alfvén By Peder Severin Krøyer - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Oxxo. 2007-10-22 (original upload date). Original uploader was Ilja.nieuwland at en.wikipedia, Public Domain,

Hugo Alfven is one of the best known of Swedish composers. His symphonies are often played in Sweden, but his one work which has gone around the world is his Swedish Rhapsody: Midsummer Vigil, which describes a lusty night-long party at which the  counltry folk celebrate the shortest night of the summer. 

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear the composer conducting a recording made in the 1940s.