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JoAnn Falletta Conducts Music by Kenneth Fuchs with London Symphony Orchestra  

Kenneth FUCHS (b. 1956)
An American Place; Eventide (Concerto for English horn); Out of the Dark (Suite for Chamber Orchestra)

JoAnn Falletta, London Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Stacy (English horn)


Release Date: August 16th, 2005

JoAnn Falletta returns to Naxos on August 16th with her new disc of music by Kenneth Fuchs performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Fuchs, a former classmate of Falletta’s at the Juilliard School, was recently appointed the Head of the Department of Music at the University of Connecticut.  A program of select compositions by Fuchs will be performed by the American String Quartet and other ensembles as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations this fall for the University’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has previously recorded two CDs for Naxos: one of music by Frederick Converse (8.559116) that David Hurwitz of called “a knockout performance;” and a second of works by Charles Griffes (8.559164), described by Anthony Burton of BBC Music Magazine as “an extremely valuable addition to Naxos’s American Classics Series.”  Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic will release a CD on Naxos of Aaron Copland’s orchestral music in 2006 and will record the orchestral version of John Corigliano’s song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man during the 2006-2007 season.  Falletta is also the Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and an Artistic Advisor with the Honolulu Symphony.

Also appearing on this disc is New York Philharmonic English Horn soloist Thomas Stacy, who performs the English Horn concerto Eventide.

The other two works on the program reflect the composer’s affinity for American music and art. An American Place is, in the words of the composer, “intended to suggest the rich body of music created by the American symphonists who have come before me and from whom I continue to take inspiration.

Out of the Dark, inspired by three large paintings by the contemporary American artist Helen Frankenthaler, is the composer’s first work to convey the relationships between music and the arts of painting, collage, and poetry.  The recording of this piece features London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal French Horn player, Timothy Jones.


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