Fuchs - Orchestral Works Vol.2 | Chandos CHSA5326

Fuchs - Orchestral Works Vol.2

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5326

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th June 2024

Contents

Artists

Timothy McAllister (alto saxophone)
James Buckle (bass trombone)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

Works

Fuchs, Kenneth

Bass Trombone Concerto
Eventide
Light Year
Point of Tranquility

Artists

Timothy McAllister (alto saxophone)
James Buckle (bass trombone)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

About

Sinfonia of London’s second album of works of Kenneth Fuchs features four world-première recordings. Two of the works feature soloists: the Bass Trombone Concerto loosely follows sonata form whilst utilising the full range of the instrument, and revelling in its lyrical side. Eventide, for alto saxophone and orchestra, is a re-working of an earlier concerto that Fuchs wrote for cor anglais. Described by the composer as a set of ‘fantasy variations based upon the simple triadic intervals typical of spirituals’, the alto saxophone version was composed for this album’s soloist, Tim McAllister. Point of Tranquility was originally composed for wind band, but Fuchs then prepared this orchestral version at the request of JoAnn Falletta for her Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece is inspired by Fuchs’s reaction to the eponymous painting by Morris Louis. The orchestral suite Light Year is also inspired by a series of paintings, these ones by Helen Frankenthaler. Cast in six movements, the extremely evocative work captures the breath-taking scale and mysterious nature of the universe. Light Year was composed for and dedicated to John Wilson and Sinfonia of London.

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