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  1. Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium
    Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium
    Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium
    Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium
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  2. Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum Mysterium

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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 premi+¨res. Her Naxos recordings include the double Grammy Award winning disc of works by John Corigliano and Grammy nominated discs of works of Tyberg, Dohn+¡nyi, Fuchs, Schubert, and Respighi.

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Naxos American Classics
Naxos American Classics
Naxos American Classics
NAX 8559723
Naxos American Classics
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I have other Naxos recordings of Fuch's fine compositions but this album left me rejoicing in its beauty and power. Its excellent selections were produced with first class treatment. Designed to be an orchestral showpiece, the 13-minute succinct Atlantic Riband refers to an award for fastest trans-Atlantic crossing by a ship, viz. the S.S. United States. Opening quietly to a statement of energy and engineering grandeur, the work moves to a more reflective appreciation of the Nature's own strength, the ocean, without any of the usual musical devices. This work is followed by the "lark-ascending" spacious, lyrically romantic American Rhapsody. Michael Ludwig's sweet violin floats against the London Symphony Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta. The highlight of the album is a brilliant concerto for viola, Divinum Mysterium. Loosely based on a Protestant hymn and recalling the medieval liturgy, the work is far from religious but its luxuriant and complex sonic texture does leave one in awe. A... Read more
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... Read more
Fuchs: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinum MysteriumFull harmony
Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination, says Anthony Burton (BBC Music Magazine, September 2012, p. 87)

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;... Read more
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