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Fuchs: Piano Concerto "Spiritualist"

London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

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JoAnn Falletta's fifth Naxos album introducing the music of American composer Kenneth Fuchs consists of three concertos and a song cycle, showing aspects of his work in contrast with the previous orchestral releases. Where Fuchs has capitalized on vernacular style in his American Rhapsody, Discover the Wild, An American Place, and Quiet in the Land, this program is somewhat more abstract in concept and mostly focused on virtuosity in its own right, instead of evoking mid-20th century Americana. To be sure, the rural lyricism and rugged rhythms of Copland are never far from Fuchs' imagination, but the focus is on abstract art in the Piano Concerto, "Spiritualist" (after three paintings by Helen Frankenthaler), or more general imagery, such as Glacier (concerto for electric guitar and orchestra), and Rush (concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra), all of which explore the technical possibilities of their solo instruments, set against colorful orchestral accompaniment. Even the Poems of Life (twelve poems by Judith G. Wolf for countertenor and orchestra) diverges from Fuchs' populism and ventures into more personal and intimate subjects, far removed from the public essays that have won him his largest following. In any case, the patriotic touches that have made Fuchs' music popular with concert audiences are kept to a minimum, and the exciting performances by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, guitarist D.J. Sparr, and alto saxophonist Timothy McAllister, supported by Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra, will go far in bringing new listeners to this series.
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Piano Concerto "Spiritualist" (Kenneth Fuchs)

1
I. Spiritualist
Jeffrey Biegel
00:06:33

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Jeffrey Biegel, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

2
II. Silent Wish
Jeffrey Biegel
00:09:42

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Jeffrey Biegel, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

3
III. Natural Answer
Jeffrey Biegel
00:05:37

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Jeffrey Biegel, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

Poems of Life (Kenneth Fuchs)

4
Prologue: Etherial; Times Slips Away
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
00:02:40

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

5
I. Gary Died; Just Like That; Watching for Death; Face
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
00:05:09

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

6
II. Sisters; Forever Gone; The Retreat
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
00:03:08

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

7
III. The Dream
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
00:02:28

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

8
Epilogue: Conversation; Epiphany
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
00:04:44

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

Glacier (Kenneth Fuchs)

9
I. Glacier
D.J. Sparr
00:02:53

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - D.J. Sparr, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

10
II. Rivulets
D.J. Sparr
00:07:48

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - D.J. Sparr, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

11
III. Vapor
D.J. Sparr
00:03:41

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - D.J. Sparr, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

12
IV. Stone
D.J. Sparr
00:04:37

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - D.J. Sparr, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

13
V. Going to the Sun
D.J. Sparr
00:03:16

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - D.J. Sparr, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

Rush (Kenneth Fuchs)

14
I. Evening
Timothy McAllister
00:07:35

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Timothy McAllister, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

15
II. Morning
Timothy McAllister
00:07:18

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs, Composer - JoAnn Falletta, Conductor - Timothy McAllister, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Naxos (P) 2018 Naxos

Album Description

JoAnn Falletta's fifth Naxos album introducing the music of American composer Kenneth Fuchs consists of three concertos and a song cycle, showing aspects of his work in contrast with the previous orchestral releases. Where Fuchs has capitalized on vernacular style in his American Rhapsody, Discover the Wild, An American Place, and Quiet in the Land, this program is somewhat more abstract in concept and mostly focused on virtuosity in its own right, instead of evoking mid-20th century Americana. To be sure, the rural lyricism and rugged rhythms of Copland are never far from Fuchs' imagination, but the focus is on abstract art in the Piano Concerto, "Spiritualist" (after three paintings by Helen Frankenthaler), or more general imagery, such as Glacier (concerto for electric guitar and orchestra), and Rush (concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra), all of which explore the technical possibilities of their solo instruments, set against colorful orchestral accompaniment. Even the Poems of Life (twelve poems by Judith G. Wolf for countertenor and orchestra) diverges from Fuchs' populism and ventures into more personal and intimate subjects, far removed from the public essays that have won him his largest following. In any case, the patriotic touches that have made Fuchs' music popular with concert audiences are kept to a minimum, and the exciting performances by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, guitarist D.J. Sparr, and alto saxophonist Timothy McAllister, supported by Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra, will go far in bringing new listeners to this series.
© TiVo

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