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From the Outermost Skerries

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Following its 1919 premier in Stockholm, Hugo Alfvén's Symphony No. 4 in C Minor ("From the Outermost Skerries") was denounced by critics as immoral and was even referred to disdainfully as "The Erotica Symphony"! Setting aside prudish hyperbole, Alfvén's work is one of the most beautiful of the 20th Century and one of the finest symphonies by any Scandinavian composer. In addition to a large orchestra, Alfvén's symphony calls for soprano, tenor and piano solos. There is no text for the vocal parts -- the singers' parts are vocalises that sail above the sumptuous orchestration. Enjoy!

Hugo Alfvén: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor -- From the Outermost Skerries (Op. 39)

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