“Falling Man is an extended work for baritone voice and orchestra. The vocal text is based on a fragment from Don DeLillo’s powerful post-9/11 novel Falling Man, published in 2007. I am grateful to Don DeLillo for granting permission for the use of his text and to JD McClatchy for his eloquent adaptation for musical setting. DeLillo’s novel about the events, aftermath and changed lives of 9/11, enthralled me. DeLillo’s unflinching description of raw terror and absolute chaos provided a standpoint from which I could begin to come to terms as a composer with the shocking and world-changing events of that fateful morning.”
Kenneth Fuchs, one of America’s leading composers, deepens his bond with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra with this superb recording of vocal music featuring baritone Roderick Williams. The new works include Falling Man, a dramatic scena based on the powerful post-9/11 novel by Don DeLillo; Movie House, a cycle featuring settings of seven poems by John Updike; and Songs ofInnocence and of Experience, four settings from William Blake’s iconic two-part illustrated collection of poems. Fuchs’s music continues to find its visual counterpart in the work of Abstract Expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, whose art adorns the cover of this disc.
Listen to an extract from Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Man: Aria No. 1
About the Artists
Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded three discs of his music for Naxos American Classics. Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his master’s and 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 Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the United States and principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. A champion of American music, she has presented over 500 works by American composers including 110 world premières. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY®-nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Hailstork and Holst.
Roderick Williams sings a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform, and in recital. He has performed in all the major opera houses in the United Kingdom, often appearing in première performances, and is particularly associated with the baritone roles of Mozart. He has appeared with many European orchestras and at numerous festivals, including the BBC Proms. Also a composer, he has had works performed at London's Barbican Centre, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, the LSO has attracted excellent players from all over the world. The orchestra is resident at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, holds an annual residency at New York's Lincoln Centre, and is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel, Paris.