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FUCHS, K.: Atlantic Riband / American Rhapsody / Divinum Mysterium / Concerto Grosso (London Symphony, Falletta)

Composer(s):Fuchs, Kenneth
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559723
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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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



Review By Steve Schwartz,,July 2013

All of the works on this disc…sound gorgeous.


Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2013


Review By Robert R. Reilly,The Claremont Institute,December 2012

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. ©


Review By,September 2012

The energetic Concerto Grosso, for string quartet and string orchestra, is particularly interesting, using a Baroque form to play two violins (Carmine Lauri and David Alberman), a viola (Paul Silverthorne) and a cello (Timothy Hugh) against a larger string complement—much in the style of the concerto/ripieno design of Baroque concerti grossi. But Fuchs’ piece clearly pays homage to the old style rather than trying to copy it slavishly, creating an intriguing mixture of old and new. Two other works on this disc play single instruments against an ensemble, but in an integrated rather than concerto-like oppositional manner: American Rhapsody for violin and orchestra and Divinum Mysterium for viola and orchestra. Both pieces are lyrical and



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