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Naxos among the 61st GRAMMY® Award winners

February 11, 2019

Naxos is delighted to be among the recipients of this year’s GRAMMY® awards, announced on 10 February at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre. Naxos received the citation for Best Classical Compendium for a programme of music by Kenneth Fuchs, one of America’s leading composers. The recording of three new concertos and an orchestral song cycle was released in August 2018 and celebrated Fuchs’ unique fifteen-year recording history with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra (8.559824).

The concertos (and soloists) are respectively for piano (Jeffrey Biegel), alto saxophone (Timothy McAllister) and electric guitar (D. J. Sparr), while the soloist in Poems of Life for countertenor and orchestra is Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen.

The world premiere recordings represent yet another outstanding release in the celebrated Naxos American Classics series. It was well received by critics:

“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)

Additionally, Blanton Alspaugh was named Producer of the Year, Classical. Among the recordings supporting the award is a Naxos release of choral works by the Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen (8.573788) performed by Kantorei under conductor Joel Rinsema. It received excellent critical reviews and was named CD of the Week by America’s KDFC Radio.

Kenneth Fuchs
JoAnn Falletta
Jeffrey Biegel
Timothy McAllister
D.J. Sparr
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
London Symphony Orchestra

Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’: I. Spiritualist

Listen to an extract from Poems of Life:
II. Sisters; Forever Gone; The Retreat

Listen to an extract from Glacier:
III. Vapor

Listen to an extract from Rush:
II. Morning

More recordings of music by Kenneth Fuchs

FUCHS, K.: An American Place • Eventide • Out of the Dark

‘First-rate performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, captured in excellent sound—another fine addition to Naxos’ American Classics series.’

FUCHS, K.: Canticle to the Sun • United Artists

‘A winner in Naxos’s “American Classics” series.’

FUCHS, K.: Atlantic Riband • American Rhapsody • Divinum Mysterium • Concerto Grosso

‘A musical discovery I have been delighted to make’

FUCHS, K.: String Quartet No. 5, ‘American’ • Falling Canons • Falling Trio

‘A considerable variety of texture, articulation, activity, and character’
American Record Guide

‘Fuchs delivers an extremely powerful punch with these three works… Recommended!’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

FUCHS, K.: Falling Man • Movie House • Songs of Innocence and Experience

‘Fuchs claims his own expressive warmth and colour. The performances are exemplary, from baritone Roderick Williams’s commanding artistry to the bold, fresh playing of the London Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta’s sensitive direction’


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