“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 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.
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About the Composer and the Artists
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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