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     Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra (RKO)

    This orchestra is one of five that are based at the Music Center of Netherlands Radio and Television under the supervision of Edo de Waart, and comprises a base of 39 musicians that can be varied in size in keeping with the requirements of the work they are performing.  This adaptability is seen as a bonus for composers who are given a better opportunity to use a wide variety of instruments rather than traditional limitations.  The orchestra's repertoire covers at least 300 years of music using this method.  Until 1994 their Artistic Director was Frans Bruggen and both Ton Koopman and Peter Eotvos followed him in as the two principal conductors bringing conducting credits with them for orchestras such as The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Intercontemporain with them. Championing works by Dutch contemporary composers it has given many world premieres and regularly appears at European music festivals.  Their CD of Henrik Andriessen that posthumously celebrated his 100th birthday won the Extra Edison Classics Award in 1993.  In 2005 it took over some of the functions of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra.


    Hendrik Andriessen recordings


    Chromatic Variations,

    NM Classics 92023 (CD: Hendrik Andriessen)

    Conductor - David Porcelijn

    Flute - Tom Reinders

    Violin - Herman Vincken

    Violincello - Dmitri Ferschtman



    1. http://www.tonkoopman.nl/rkoeng.htm
    2. http://www.naxos.com/orchestrainfo/221.htm
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_Radio_Symphony




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