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Fuchs: Falling Man… / Williams, Falletta, LSO


Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Roderick Williams
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta completed their fourth recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, August 30–September 1, 2013. The recording features baritone and Naxos artist Roderick Williams and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Tim Handley. The repertoire includes Falling Man (for baritone voice and orchestra); Movie House (seven poems by John Updike for baritone voice and chamber ensemble); and Songs of Innocence and of Experience (four poems by William Blake for baritone voice and chamber ensemble). Fuchs’ music continues to find its visual counterpart in the work of Abstract Expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, whose art adorns the cover of this disc. Composer Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta completed their fourth recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, August 30–September 1, 2013. The recording features baritone and Naxos artist Roderick Williams and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Tim Handley. The repertoire includes Falling Man (for baritone voice and orchestra); Movie House (seven poems by John Updike for baritone voice and chamber ensemble); and Songs of Innocence and of Experience (four poems by William Blake for baritone voice and chamber ensemble). Fuchs’ music continues to find its visual counterpart in the work of Abstract Expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, whose art adorns the cover of this disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Falling Man, scene for baritone & orchestra by Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009-2010 
Date of Recording: 08/30/2013 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio 1, London, UK 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Movie House, for baritone & chamber ensemble by Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Date of Recording: 08/31/2013 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio 2, London, UK 
Length: 32 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Songs of Innocence and of Experience, for baritone, flute, oboe, cello & harp by Kenneth Fuchs
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1977 
Date of Recording: 09/01/2013 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio 2, London, UK 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Addition to Series August 29, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release is the fourth such collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta -- and it's of the same high quality as the other three (see my review of Atlantic Riband). This time around, Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra present three Fuchs works for baritone and chamber orchestra. Roderick Williams is the baritone soloist, and he has a warm, rich voice that is supple and expressive. And that's a good thing, because each of these works has it's own character and mood. Falling Man is inspired by Don DeLillo's novel about 9/11. At times, the work is unsettled and chaotic, echoing the emotions of the original event. Fuchs sets some of the text in an atonal declamatory style that detaches the narrator from the action. But that detachment doesn't last. There are hints of jazz in this work, as well as a quiet, contemplative section towards the end that draws in the listener. Kenneth Fuchs is a great admirer of John Updike, and his work Movie House sets seven of Updike's poems to music. To me, this set had a very American sound, almost as if Fuchs had used Copland as a starting point. That's not to say Movie House is derivative -- far from it. Fuchs is inspired by his material and his music responds to Updike's imagery, providing emotional context for the words. William Blake's poems, which are set in Songs of Innocence and of Experience are perhaps the most familiar to most listeners. And yet Fuchs gives them a fresh interpretation. The settings are quite beautiful, each song a charming miniature to be enjoyed. If you've enjoyed this series to date, you'll not be disappointed with Falling Man." Report Abuse
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