Kenneth Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium / Michael Ludwig, violin; Paul Silverthorne, viola

Audio Samples

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Atlantic Riband, for orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : American Rhapsody, for orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Divinum Mysterium, for viola & orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Concerto Grosso, for string quartet & string orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Discover the Wild, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Atlantic Riband, for orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : American Rhapsody, for orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Divinum Mysterium, for viola & orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Concerto Grosso, for string quartet & string orchestra
>Fuchs, Kenneth : Discover the Wild, for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Kenneth Fuchs is one of America's leading composers and his latest collaboration with award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra - the first volume of which (8.559224) was nominated for two GRAMMY® awards - reveals the breadth of his achievement. Atlantic Riband evokes the struggle and ultimate victory of ocean-crossing immigrants to America in an orchestral showpiece of power and splendor. American Rhapsody is a lyrical romance for violin and orchestra, and Divinum Mysterium a single-movement viola concerto rich in expressive tapestry. Concerto Grosso shows Fuchs's sheer energy, and Discover the Wild is an orchestral overture of lyricism and color. A champion of American music, JoAnn Falletta has presented nearly five hundred works by American composers including over one hundred world premières. Her Naxos recordings include the double Grammy Award winning disc of works by John Corigliano and Grammy nominated discs of works of Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, and Respighi.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
This will be sure to please all who enjoy late century tonal music with a distinctly American accent. Everything is perfectly played by these British players. The music should certainly be played in this country as well. At the Naxos price, I see no reason to miss this. Notes by the composer, who should remember to include dates for his pieces.

Audiophile Audition
... Divinum Mysterium... may be worth the price of admission for those who want to hear what Fuchs is all about. The piece gives the violist a chance for virtuosic display, as well as for making some very pretty sounds, while thematically and architecturally, it's satisfying. Bravo to Paul Silverthorne and to JoAnn Falletta and her orchestra. They certainly give as fine advocacy to this music as a composer has a right to expect. Excellent sound, too, from the Naxos engineers... Divinum Mysterium is worth a listen, and the other pieces may be just right for when you want to unwind with lighter fare by a contemporary composer.

The Claremont Institute
I must bring to your attention the new Naxos CD of Kenneth Fuchs's orchestral works... brilliantly played by the London Symphony Orchestra, under American conductor JoAnn Falletta... Fuchs... has a way of capturing the stirrings of the human heart and the yearnings of the soul in highly spirited, soaring music. His works express an inimitably American sense of expectancy, of horizons glimpsed and striven for, and, finally, of boldly announced arrivals. He achieves all this within the conventional means of tonality. Orchestrally, he employs a sparkling kind of American Impressionism... American Rhapsody... has a Samuel Barber-like melodic appeal and orchestral lushness to it. This is unfailingly appealing and immediately accessible music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011).



Reviews

BBC Music Magazine *****
Full harmony
Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination, says Anthony Burton (BBC Music Magazine, September 2012)

FUCHS
Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium; Concerto Grosso; Discover the Wild
Michael Ludwig (violin), Paul Silverthorne (viola); LSO/JoAnn Falletta
Naxos 8.559723 57:39 mins

Kenneth Fuchs, born 1956, professor of composition at the University of Connecticut, writes in a mainstream tonal idiom. He's a master of orchestral writing: resonantly built-up chords, scurrying string textures, lucid woodwind exchanges, telling interjections from brass and percussion. In this selection of works from the last five years, Atlantic Riband portrays the movement of a majestic transatlantic liner; American Rhapsody for violin and orchestra is wound round a quasi-improvisatory solo line; Divinum Mysterium for viola and orchestra resourcefully explores the possibilities of a hymn tune; the Concerto Grosso makes imaginative use of the combination of string quartet and string orchestra; and Discover the Wild is a short, breezy overture. On Naxos's third Fuchs recording, everything gets five-star treatment: violinist Michael Ludwig and viola player Paul Silverthorne make the solo parts their own, and the LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording.
PERFORMANCE ***** RECORDING *****
Submitted on 08/28/12 by Kenneth Fuchs 
Rousing American Music
Kenneth Fuchs is a composer who's star is on the rise, and no wonder. His music is fresh, exciting, original -- and accessible. This latest release in Naxos' ongoing series of Fuchs recordings. The disc opens with Atlantic Riband, a short, festive work that has some of the big, open feel of Copland.

The American Rhapsody for violin and orchestra is a more substantial work. It's elegiac, unabashedly beautiful music. The solo violin part's not that difficult technically, but it requires real musicianship to pull it off. Michael Ludwig plays with a great deal of sensitivity and authentic expression, really bringing across the lyrical nature of the work to come across.

Also included is the Divinum Mysterium, an excellent showcase for the viola. Fuchs takes advantage of the lower register of the viola (as compared to the violin) and supports it with very warm harmonies. It's based on a hymn tune, and while Divinum Mysterium is a deeply spiritual work, it's not always serious. There's a mild hoedown section in the middle that give the work an American flavor.

The Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra has an intersting dynamic to it. The music goes back and forth between the string quartet, and it's larger counterpart, the string orchestra. Discover the Wild wraps up the program. It's a short travelogue style overture full of good-natured energy.

Strong performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and JoAnne Falletta. This isn't the first time Fuch and Falletta have collaborated, and the depth of understanding Falletta brings to this music benefits both he composer, and the listener. Thoroughly enjoyable for first note to last.
Submitted on 10/31/12 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Atlantic Riband, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fuchs, Kenneth : American Rhapsody, for orchestra
  • Performer: Michael Ludwig (Violin)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Divinum Mysterium, for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Paul Silverthorne (Viola)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Concerto Grosso, for string quartet & string orchestra
  • Performers: Carmine Lauri (Violin); David Alberman (Violin); Timothy Hugh (Cello); Paul Silverthorne (Viola)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Fuchs, Kenneth : Discover the Wild, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (08/18/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary