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15 July 2024
The Music of the Royal Swedish Navy

The Royal Swedish Navy Band
Andreas Hanson (conductor)

This album presents a very comprehensive selection of the music associated with the Royal Swedish Navy and includes many wonderful marches, ceremonial and reflective music of different types as well, plus a number of Naval signals. The Royal Swedish Navy Band is one of the finest military bands in Europe and was until very recently under threat of being axed as part of Swedish Defence cuts. Fortunately for all, the Band has been saved and is shown at its best in this beautiful symphonic recording made in studio conditions in the wonderful acoustic of the historic wooden Admiralty Church  (Ulrica Pia), Karlskrona, Sweden.


Johann Heinrich Walch, transcr. G. Medberg: Revelj Ernst Urbach: Regina-Marsch Josef Franz Wagner: Kungl Flottans Paradmarsch Anonymous: Korum Anonymous, transcr. Andreas Hanson: Svensksundsmarschen Karl Vilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Sången, Op.44 George Ringvall: Med Őrlogsmän Hugo Alfvén: Festspel Erik Högberg: Svenska flottan Hugo Alfvén: King Gustav Adolf II, Op.49 Andreas Hanson: Marinens musikkårs processionsmarsch Ivar Widner: Vår flotta Ivar Widner: Flaggmarsch Karl Vilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Sverige (Sweden) Anonymous, transcr. H. Lundqvist: HM Drottning Victorias Präsentiermarsch Viktor Widqvist: Fladdrande fanor (The Fluttering Flag) Sam Rydberg: Vivu Esperanto! Viktor Widqvist: Chefsmarsch Sam Rydberg: Gardeskamrater Åke Dohlin: Marinens Officershögskolas Marsch Wilhelm Harteveld: Marcia Carolus Rex Viktor Widqvist: Under blagul fana (Under the Blue and Yellow Flag) O. Lindblad: Kungssången Anonymous, transcr. E. Kallstenius & I. Widner: Du gamia, due fria Anonymous: Tapto Johann Heinrich Walch, transcr. G. Medberg: Tapto Anonymous: Giv akt! Anonymous: Forstätt! Anonymous: Uppställning Anonymous: Tropp Anonymous: En Appell (signal x 4) Anonymous: En Appell (signal x 1) Anonymous: Paradmarsch Anonymous: Skepparpipa

Recorded in the Admiralty Church (Ulrica Pia), Karlskrona, Sweden on 30th October & 1st November 2007
Recording Production & Editing: Mike Purton
Recording Engineering: Tony Faulkner
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Total Time: 76.24
Release Date: March 2016

The Royal Swedish Navy BandThe Swedish Navy Band in Karlskrona has not been alone in handing on Naval musical traditions. Naval music was part of the Fleet at Stockholm from the beginning of the 1600s until 1957, when the Stockholm Navy Band became the Navy Band in Stockholm, which was changed again in 1960 to the Second Military Music Band in Stockholm until music was organised on a regional basis in 1971.

The Gothenburg Naval Station received its own music band in 1942, the Naval Band in Gothenburg, which became the Navy Band in Gothenburg in 1957 and the Military Music Band in Gothenburg in the period 1960– 1971. In 1957, the Band was relocated to the Älvsborg Coastal Artillery Regiment, KA 4, and was merged in the reform to regionalise military music.

The Vaxholm Artillery Corps had its own Band in the period 1889 –1901, as did the Carlskrona Artillery Corps in 1895 –1901.

Music bands were connected to the Coastal Artillery during the following years:
     The Vaxholm Coastal Artillery Regiment, KA 1, 1942 –1957
     The Karlskrona Coastal Artillery Regiment, KA 2, 1902 –1957
     The Gotland Coastal Artillery Corps, KA 3, 1942 –1957

The Älvsborg Coastal Artillery Regiment, KA 4, and the Härnösand Coastal Artillery Corps, KA 5, never operated their own bands.

The Coastal Artillery Bands were designated as Type II groups, comprising approximately 20 musicians.

Andreas Hanson (conductor)Andreas Hanson, born in 1969, was the conductor and Director of Music of the Swedish Navy Band during the years 1998–2010. He grew up in a family with many musical traditions, including the musical life of the Salvation Army. In Stockholm, he took music classes at the Adolf Fredrik Church, attended the Södra Latin School, and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he was studied the trumpet in the years 1987–1993 and took conducting classes in 1993 –1996.

Hanson did his military voluntary service with the Army Band in 1989 as a Solo Cornet and Assistant Conductor. He was employed as Solo Trumpet in the Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra in 1990 and studied trumpet in New York with Philip Smith the same year.

In 1992, Hanson was employed as Conductor of the Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra, and studied with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London in 1995. His studies continued in 1995 with Carlo Maria Giulini in Milan, where he specialised in Italian opera and orchestral repertoire. He has received the Royal Academy of Music’s major International Scholarship twice and in 1999 received the Crusell Scholarship for young Swedish conductors.

Hanson has conducted a significant number of operas and has worked with many major artists, including Göran Söllscher, Karl Ove Mannberg, Lars Roos, Staffan Scheja, Malena Ernman and Martin Fröst. He has also conducted in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia, among other countries, and in the United Kingdom he conducted at the 2000 BBC Proms. Since 1995, he has been teaching conducting and orchestral music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and was made Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting in 2004.

The orchestras he has conducted include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra, the Västerås Sinfonietta, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, the Dala Sinfonietta, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, and the Radio Choir.

Hanson was elected to the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences in 2008.

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