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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts and broadcast
April 2018

James Feddeck returns to the U.K. and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Britten, Dvorak, and Richard Strauss.

The concert is available for on-demand listening via BBC Radio 3 (click to listen).
(available until May 25, 2018)

Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Antonín Dvorák: Concerto for Violoncello in B minor, Op. 104
   Daniel Müller-Schott, cello
Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

"...a vivid account of Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes...with the BSO on impassioned and blazing form, Feddeck drawing out physical turbulence and layers of psychological trauma."
David Truslove, Classical Source
April 25, 2018

"Feddeck's reading of Richard Strauss's Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) was mightily impressive...nobility and heroism, loves and passions and artistic pursuits before soft strokes of the tam-tam signal the moment of death. Feddeck implied all this most graphically and convincingly. After the soul's deliverance, he wondrously realised that glorious heartfelt melody suggesting the soul had met its reward. Paradise indeed."
Ian Lace, Seen and Heard International
April 26, 2018

On Tour with the Belgian National Orchestra
March 2018

James Feddeck leads the Orchestre National de Belgique in Germany for concerts at Frankfurt's Alte Oper on March 24 and the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden on March 27.

These performances continue his ongoing relationship with the Belgian National Orchestra following performances of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony in Brussels and Germany last season.

The March 2018 performances feature Dvorak's Symphony No. 7, the Oberon Overture of Weber and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Ray Chen as soloist.

About the Belgian National Orchestra.

Orchestre National de France Performance Available on Arte Concert

James Feddeck’s Paris debut with the Orchestre National de France is available to watch on-line via ARTE TV.

This performance was recorded live at the Maison de la Radio in Paris on January 25, 2018 and features works of J.S. Bach/Webern and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Johann Sebastian Bach/Anton Webern: Ricercare (No. 2 from Musical Offering)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Paris, London, Barcelona: January and February 2018

James Feddeck continues the 2018-19 concert season with debuts in Paris, London, and Barcelona.

On January 25, he leads the Orchestre National de France at the Maison de la Radio in Paris for a concert that features Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony, Anton Webern's orchestration of J.S. Bach's Ricercare from The Musical Offering and Hindemith's Violin Concerto (1939) with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist.

This concert will be video simulcast live via ARTE TV and radio broadcast through France Musique.

The following week, February 2, 3, and 4, he conducts Elgar's treasured First Symphony and partners again with clarinettist Martin Fröst (Anders Hillborg's "Peacock tales") at Barcelona's L'Auditori with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. The February 4 performance will be broadcast live via Catalunya Música/Radio Clàssica.

And on February 9, he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London's Barbican Centre for a program which includes Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Samuel Barber's masterful First Symphony (1936). After recording with the BBC Symphony concert works of William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) in November 2014, Mr. Feddeck now makes his official Barbican debut with this performance.

For additional concert information, please visit: 2017-2018 Concert Season.

James Feddeck and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on BBC Radio 3

James Feddeck’s debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and is available for on-demand Internet streaming:

Click here to listen.
(available until November 21, 2017)

This broadcast, recorded live on Thursday, 19 October, 2017 at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, features Gustav Holst’s The Planets with Leonard Bernstein’s suite of music composed for the 1954 Academy Award-winning film, On the Waterfront.

Specially featured on the program is Aaron Jay Kernis’ Legacy (concerto for solo horn, strings, harp and percussion) performed by Timothy Jackson (horn principal, RLPO).  James Feddeck leads this European premiere, co-commissioned between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Leonard Bernstein: On the Waterfront
Aaron Jay Kernis: Legacy
   Timothy Jackson, French Horn
Gustav Holst: The Planets

James Feddeck leads the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

James Feddeck leads the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on September 28, 30, and October 1, 2017 in a program which features Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and Emperor Concerto with pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder.

This concert is available for listening via the Dallas Symphony Orchestra website on-demand: click here and select "DSO Broadcast #2".

"Well, glory be, this was one of the most enjoyable concerts—fresh, dynamic, lovingly nuanced—in recent memory...Feddeck got fully engaged, indeed exciting performances from the musicians."
Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, October 1, 2017

CD with Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin released

The Symphony Op. 42 and Overtures of Georg Schumann were released in August 2017: a collaboration between James Feddeck and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in partnership with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, the CPO record label, and the Georg Schumann Gesellschaft. It was recorded in the historic Haus des Rundfunks at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.

Georg Schumann (1866-1952) was an influential figure in European musical life through his work as a conductor in Danzig and Bremen, and further in his capacity as director of the renowned Sing-Akademie of Berlin. He is often considered today for his choral compositions, but his position as director at this critical cultural intersection for European musical life offered a unique vantage point to encounter the leading active musical figures: Liszt, Rubinstein, Brahms, Arthur Nikisch, Mahler, Felix Weingartner, Joseph Joachim, and Max Bruch, which influenced his work as a performer and composer.

This recording marks the first-ever to be made of the Opus 42 F minor symphony (1905). This symphony enjoyed significant endorsements from leading conductors of its day, from the premiere in Berlin with conductor Felix Weingartner, touring performances in Europe, and to prominent attention in the United States including Boston and New York.

It is the intention of this recording to offer a renewed visibility to this symphony and its composer.

The album is completed with two of Georg Schumann's charming character overtures, the Overture to a Drama, Opus 45 and the "Lebensfreude" Overture, Opus 54.

For more information: Georg Schumann Gesellschaft, Berlin.

Ordering information.

James Feddeck leads benefit concert for the American Red Cross with musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra and others

James Feddeck will conduct a benefit concert on Friday, 8 September, the aim of which is to raise funds for the American Red Cross' work in support of those affected by the devastating hurricanes this month.  Musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra will be joined by students from Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Credo Music.  All musicians involved are donating their time.

Further information.

Summer 2017: New Zealand/Tasmania and Germany Concert Tours

In June 2017, James Feddeck begins a five-city concert tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in a Brahms/Barber program which also features the Schumann Cello Concerto played by Daniel Müller-Schott. The tour which spans two weeks includes five cities: Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, and Christchurch.

Following the Christchurch performance, he travels to Hobart, Tasmania for the world premiere of Maria Grenfell's Spirals with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  This new work for solo clarinet, bassoon and orchestra (performed by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra principal players, Andrew Seymour and Tahnee van Herk), was conceived as a companion piece to Richard Strauss' Duett-Concertino, also performed on this program.  These clarinet-bassoon centerpieces are framed by Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite.

In July, he tours with the Belgian National Orchestra in Wiesbaden, Germany to perform Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 (this follows their acclaimed Brussels performance in December 2016) and in March 2018, their performances continue in the German cities of Mannheim, Regensburg, Essen, and Frankfurt.