Beethoven Piano Concerto No3
Barry Humiliated and Insulted
Brahms Symphony No3
This concert is recommended by Classic FM
James Feddeck's 2015/16 season includes subscription concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and debuts with the Detroit, Colorado and Toronto Symphony orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Orchestre National de Lyon. James' debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led one critic to comment that “musicians of this calibre are gold dust”. Other notable engagements include the San Francisco, Houston, and Atlanta Symphony orchestras, the Hallé Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest and his return to the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013, James Feddeck’s career in North America in recent years. During his time with The Cleveland Orchestra, James conducted subscription concerts at Severance Hall, Blossom, and stepped in for Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland’s fully-staged production of Don Giovanni and subscription performances of Carmina Burana, both to critical acclaim.
Alice Sara Ott
German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide and has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. The Guardian, commenting on her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, said that she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.” Alice has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, James Gaffigan, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Myung-Whun Chung, Hannu Lintu and Robin Ticciati. Recently Alice has debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), Chicago Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), Indianapolis (Krzysztof Urbanski) and Toronto (Cristian Macelaru) symphony orchestras. She also returned to Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and toured with the Philharmonia Orchestra in China (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan (John Storgårds). Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008, Alice has since released albums of works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mussorgsky, among others. Her album of Chopin's complete waltzes, which entered the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No.1, won Alice the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award. Her debut concerto album - works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt with Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock - was named Editor’s Choice in both the International Piano and Classic FM magazines. Alice has recently worked on two unique collaboration projects. With pianist Francesco Tristano, they released their album Scandale on DG in September 2014 and performed it at leading venues in Europe, such as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Berliner Philharmonie, as well as touring with it in Japan, South Korea and Australia. Alice’s latest CD, The Chopin Project, with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, was released in March 2015 on Mercury Classics. The album reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Chart and the iTunes chart in 25 other countries.
The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim. In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many different parts of the world, establishing an international status for the choir. The RSNO Chorus has toured in Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam. The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, the RSNO Chorus is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, the Chorus has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan. The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. Gregory recently received The Arts Foundation Award 2015 for Choral Conducting.