Acclaimed conductor JoAnn Falletta won the prestigious 2019 GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Compendium for the recording of Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush with the London Symphony Orchestra (Naxos: 8.559824). She shares the award with producer Tim Handley.
Falletta accepted her first individual GRAMMY® Award at the 61st GRAMMY® Awards in Los Angeles on February 10 accompanied on stage by composer and long time friend Kenneth Fuchs saying, "This is a GRAMMY that truly belongs to a team, including Handley and the exceptional soloists, but mostly, mostly, mostly the extraordinary composer whose music we did it for because it is so amazing."
Released in August 2018, the album features world premiere recordings of three new concertos and a song cycle - Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist' with renowned pianist Jeffrey Biegel; Glacier, a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, featuring guitarist D.J. Sparr; concerto for alto saxophone Rush with soloist Timothy McAllister; and Poems of Life with countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. This week, Opera News gave the album their Critic's Choice Award saying "Falletta shows a clear affinity throughout for Fuch's warm, spacious, neo-Romantic idiom, and the LSO responds with lush yet pristine playing."
Recorded in August 2017 at London's historic Abbey Road Studios, says Falletta, "Ken, Jeff, Aryeh, D.J., Tim, lyricist Judith Wolf, the LSO and producer Tim Handley was a dream team to work with - recording stunning music by a great composer."
JoAnn Falletta's recordings for Naxos include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of Mr. Tambourine Man by John Corigliano (8.559331) and GRAMMY® Award-nominated discs of works by Dohnányi, Fuchs, Gershwin, Hailstork, Holst, Respighi, Schubert, Strauss, and Tyberg.
This is the fifth album of Fuchs's music for Naxos American Classics that the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded. Two of these were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards, including An American Place (8.559224), released in August 2005, for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra and Atlantic Riband (8.559723), released in August 2012 for Tim Handley as Producer of the Year.
JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. Hailing her as a "leading force for the music of our time," she has been honored with twelve ASCAP awards. Her well-earned reputation for innovative programming of new and unusual repertoire has been recognized multiple times with ASCAP's top award for Adventurous Programming.
This project represents the continuation of over 30 years of collaboration between JoAnn Falletta and Ken Fuchs, who first met as colleagues at The Juilliard School in New York City. Ken Fuchs is one of America's leading composers. His music is performed worldwide and has achieved significant global media exposure through audio broadcasts, downloading and streaming. Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut.