KENNETH FUCHS (b 1956 )
Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, voice, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded five albums of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics.
The first (8.559224), released in August 2005, was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards. The second (8.559335), featuring music for horn, was released in January 2008. Musicweb International stated, “Fuchs’s distinctive voice is evident from the outset, and his flair for orchestral colours and sheer lyricism shine through.”
The third (8.559723) was released in August 2012. BBC Music Magazine stated, “Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination. He’s a master of orchestral writing. On Naxos’s third Fuchs recording, everything gets five-star treatment. The LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording.” The disc was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award.
The fourth disc (8.559753), recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 2013, featuring baritone Roderick Williams in a program of vocal music based on texts by Don DeLillo, John Updike, and William Blake, was released in August 2014. Gramophone magazine wrote, “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.” The principal work, Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J. D. McClatchy), was presented as a monodrama by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
The fifth disc represents the continuation of more than 30 years of musical collaboration between Fuchs and Falletta. Naxos released a disc of Fuchs’s chamber music (8.559733) in April 2013, which includes Falling Canons, Falling Trio, and String Quartet No. 5 “American”. Gramophone stated, “Few composers have gained as much mileage – or found greater range – than Fuchs’s ‘Falling’ works, which open and close this collection.”
Albany Records released the highly successful disc Kenneth Fuchs: String Quartets 2, 3, 4 performed by the American String Quartet. The American Record Guide stated quite simply, “String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this.”
Fuchs’s 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 degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Milton Babbitt, David Diamond, and Vincent Persichetti.