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American Classics - Fuchs: Canticle To The Sun, Etc


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559335   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Timothy Jones
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Fuchs writes colorful and attractive music that falls gratefully on the ear but has sufficient backbone and variety to reward repeated listening. United Artists is a zippy concert-opener full of orchestral brilliance and good tunes. Fuchs' willingness, in common with many contemporary composers, to indulge a fondness for tuned percussion (bells, glockenspiel, etc.) gives the piece a certain Hollywood glitz, but that's no crime in such extrovert music.

The centerpiece of this program consists of three chamber works, all subtitled "Idyll", for brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and a mixed quintet of strings and winds. The latter work is surely the most interesting, perhaps because of its more varied timbral
Read more possibilities, but it almost goes without saying that anything called "Idyll", from Siegfried's onward, lasts about 20 percent longer than it needs to. Fuchs doesn't quite avoid this trap, and I wouldn't suggest playing all three of them back to back, but there's no denying the music's finely honed ensemble writing and abundance of quality ideas.

Saving the best for last, Canticle of the Sun is a horn concerto written for LSO principal Timothy Jones, who plays it extremely well. The piece is lovely--full of good tunes taking full advantage of the solo instrument's lyrical and bravura possibilities--and scored with a fine sense of the horn's ability to combine and interact with the various orchestral sections. JoAnn Falletta leads the LSO in performances that offer the right feeling of proprietary confidence, and all five pieces are very well recorded, resulting in a worthwhile disc, by a composer certainly worth watching (and hearing).

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
United Artists by Kenneth Fuchs
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; USA 
2.
Quiet in the Land by Kenneth Fuchs
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
3.
Fire, Ice and Summer Bronze by Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Timothy Jones (French Horn)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
4.
Autumn Rhythm by Kenneth Fuchs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; USA 
5.
Canticle to the Sun by Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Timothy Jones (French Horn)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; USA 

Sound Samples

United Artists
Quiet in the Land
Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze: I. Fire and Ice
Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze: II. Summer Bronze
Autumn Rhythm
Canticle to the Sun

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