Cloud Slant, a new album of works by Kenneth Fuchs, reveals his mastery of orchestral writing and features the exceptional Sinfonia of London conducted by John Wilson, in definitive performances of four works by one of America’s leading composers. His fifth Naxos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, led by JoAnn Falletta, won the GRAMMY Award in 2018 for Best Classical Compendium. Chandos has submitted the new recording in six categories in the Classical Field:
Cover art: Cloud Slant • Helen Frankenthaler • 1968
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Editor-in-Chief James Jolly talked with Kenneth Fuchs on his first Chandos album with John Wilson. Tune in here.
Left: Kenneth Fuchs and John Wilson;
Editor’s Choice: “The ever-excellent Sinfonia of London turn their virtuosity to new music, and to richly scored, beautifully crafted works by Kenneth Fuchs.… [Solitary the Thrush] is an extraordinary, visionary piece, unsettling at times, the eerie tone of the alto flute dwelling on the poem’s theme of man’s mortality. Flautist Adam Walker captures the poetic spirit of the piece beautifully.… The Sinfonia of London and their conductor were born for this music and execute it with aplomb. The recording, like the playing, is immaculate.… Highly recommended.” — Adrian Edwards
“High-level craftsmanship … predominates, further polished by the verve and precision of John Wilson’s Sinfonia of London, at their most impressive in the bright colour splashes of Cloud Slant, the concerto for orchestra especially written for Wilson and this album…. sonic dazzlements galore” — Geoff Brown
“Kenneth Fuchs’s music has a lot going for it — and a lot going on in it.… Solitary the Thrush, a concerto for flute, is alternately storm-tossed and serene, the soloist and the strings frolicking with giddy abandon.” — Dan Cairns
“The scores, as heard here in gloriously deep-staged and brilliant sound, are awash with oxygen and rich in melody. The players and conductor are celebrities and their playing is of a piece with that hard-won status. The mastery and sheen of his music demand, and in this Chandos disc receive, the highest in skill and percipience…. Fuchs has a brilliant tonal voice and here it is heard through a medium that equates to un-smeared dustless glass.” — Rob Barnett
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