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Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta at the Grammy nominee reception

Congratulations to composer Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta who celebrated their fifteen-year recording partnership with the release of this featured recording last August, then topped it off with a win at this month's 91st GRAMMY® Awards, carrying off the trophy for Best Classical Compendium. As part of Naxos' American Classics series, the recording featured wall-to-wall American talent, and we suspect that a bigger trophy cupboard will soon be needed!

JoAnn Falletta and Kenneth Fuchs © Enid Bloch

“JoAnn Falletta and I are thrilled to present our fifth Naxos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. The four works for soloist and orchestra are as distinct and diverse as the soloists they were composed for. The repertoire includes concerti for alto saxophone, electric guitar, piano, and an orchestral song cycle on poems of Judith G. Wolf for countertenor. The stellar soloists – Timothy McAllister, D. J. Sparr, Jeffrey Biegel, and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen – are four of the most sought-after interpreters of contemporary literature.”

Kenneth Fuchs, composer

Kenneth FUCHS (b. 1956)
Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’ 1
Poems of Life 2 • Glacier 3 • Rush 4

Jeffrey Biegel, Piano 1 • Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Countertenor 2
D.J. Sparr, Electric guitar 3 • Timothy McAllister, Alto saxophone 4
London Symphony Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Kenneth Fuchs is one of America’s leading composers. He celebrates his unique fifteen-year recording history with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra with this stunning release of three new concertos and an orchestral song cycle.

‘This latest Fuchs/Naxos disc, marking 15 years of his recording with conductor Falletta, bears real gems. The animated piano concerto is a delightful flight of fancy.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘The song-cycle Poems of Life (2017) is the heart of this well-played, sumptuously scored programme … Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen sang the premiere in Virginia and has the work fully under his skin; the accompaniment by the LSO is first-rate. Glacier (2015) is a suite in five picturesque movements for electric guitar inspired by Montana’s national parks, while Rush is a rather Bernsteinian diptych for alto saxophone with a punchy, roof-raising final passacaglia. Both soloists are exemplary. Naxos’s sound is terrific.’ – Gramophone

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About the Composer and the Artists
Kenneth Fuchs © Peter Schaaf
Kenneth Fuchs’ music is performed worldwide and has achieved significant global media exposure through audio broadcast, downloading and streaming. Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Milton Babbitt, David Diamond and Vincent Persichetti.
JoAnn Falletta © Cheryl Gorski
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and is the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, Falletta became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble upon her appointment as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in 1999.
London Symphony Orchestra © Ranald Mackechnie
Established in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra at the Barbican in London, where it gives 70 symphonic concerts every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide. The orchestra works with a family of artists that includes the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as music director, Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth as principal guest conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as conductor laureate and André Previn as conductor emeritus.
Jeffrey Biegel © Mark Lerner
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel is a champion of new music, having organised an unprecedented number of donors and consortiums of orchestras to commission new music. He currently serves as a faculty member of the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College at The City University of New York.
Timothy McAllister © r.r. jones
Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier wind soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music. McAllister is professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen © Fay Fox
American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016–17 season), has received awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and the George London Foundation, and took first prize in the Houston Grand Opera competition.
D. J. Sparr © PJ Sykes
One of America’s preeminent composer-performers, electric guitarist D. J. Sparr has impressed both critics and audiences with his eclectic style. He is a faculty member at the Walden School’s famed Creative Musicians Retreat in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Previous recordings featuring Kenneth Fuchs, JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra
An American Place • Eventide
Out of the Dark

Stacy • Jones
London Symphony Orchestra • Falletta
“JoAnn Falletta leads first-rate performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, captured in excellent sound.”
  Listen to an extract from
An American Place
“Everything gets five-star treatment …
the LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★
  Listen to an extract from
Discover the Wild
Canticle to the Sun
United Artists

Jones • London Symphony Orchestra
“The sound is first class here,
and Naxos has done a fine service by presenting more of Fuch’s muse the public.
A definite winner all around!”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★
  Listen to an extract from
Autumn Rhythm
Falling Man • Movie House
Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Williams • London Symphony Orchestra
“In every parameter, this CD is a winner. Performances sparkle under the skilled direction of JoAnn Falletta.”
  Listen to an extract from Songs of Innocence and Experience:
III. Spring
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