Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Edward Gardner & Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

There is a case to be made that there will never be enough recordings of Rachmaninoff’s music. The immediacy, the wonderful melodiousness, the way he plunges directly into our hearts—we finally realize what a great musician Rachmaninoff was.

Marc-André Hamelin

Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18 December 2011

About the Artists

Edward Gardner

British conductor Edward Gardner has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and the Royal Opera House.

Gardner has been principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since 2015. He was recently appointed Principal Conductor Designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with his tenure commencing in September 2021.

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest was founded in 1945 by Albert van Raalte. The orchestra was subsequently conducted by Paul van Kempen, Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Willem van Otterloo, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden and Markus Stenz. In September 2019, the American conductor Karina Canellakis joined as chief conductor.

The orchestra is in the service of the Dutch public broadcasting corporation. In the Dutch music scene, the orchestra distinguishes itself by special programmed symphonic concerts and has also achieved a remarkable profile with concertante opera performances. First performances in the Netherlands and world premieres are regular occurrences.