This is the premier recording for the compositions contained on this CD. Hopefully, Gardner's music will become more popular, so more people can be exposed to some great music. The recording begins with a lively and joyful overture called "Midsummer Ale". It will put you in a happy-go-lucky mood, so you can enjoy the next composition on the CD, his Piano Concerto No. 1. The 1st movement consists of constant interplay between the solo piano and the orchestra. Unlike most piano concertos, there is no piano cadenza in the 1st movement. The 2nd movement starts tranquilly, but becomes energetic. There are periods in this movement where the solo piano and orchestra appear to duel with each other. The piano cadenza is found in this movement. The 3rd movement is lively, with playful themes. The solo piano and orchestra work together, to develop the themes, in this movement. The Symphony No. 1 is superbly orchestrated. The various instruments and sections of the orchestra blend together, to create beautiful music. The 1st movement will remove any feeling of joy, which you might have had, after listening to the previous compositions. The music is somber and melancholy, at times peaceful and at times dramatic. You will be reminded of the feeling of loss after a death, because the music will sound like a funeral possession at times. However, the mood of sadness will quickly change at the start of the 2nd movement. This movement is a happy-sounding and dancelike scherzo. The trio section sounds of folk songs. Movement No. 3 is melodic and tranquil for the most part, and will get you into a peaceful mood. This mood will also change, with the start of the 4th movement, which contains more energetic music, and begins and ends triumphantly. Buy this CD. The name of the composer might not be familiar, but you certainly will remember his name, after you hear the music.