Feddeck makes a case for DSO short list with rescue of Beethoven program

Texas Classical Review
by: Wayne Lee Gay

Any all-Beethoven concert contains potential pitfalls and rewards. The program offered Thursday night at the Meyerson Symphony Center — with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, guest soloist Rudolf Buchbinder and fill-in conductor James Feddeck— offered both. 

It’s hard to argue against presenting music by one of humanity’s true geniuses; that’s part of an orchestra’s brief. It helps that few programs sell as many tickets on the basis of repertoire alone as Beethoven. But an all-Beethoven concert — particularly one devoted entirely to iconic works — also risks stereotyping the orchestra as a musty musical museum, and represents a lost opportunity to introduce new works, to nudge the audience toward a broader view of classical music.

So there’s an extra burden on the musicians to present a meaningful performance at this sort of event. 

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