The recording represents the culmination of 18 years of friendship that began when Fuchs, conductor JoAnn Falletta and soloist Thomas Stacy were colleagues at the Juilliard School in New York City.
suggested to Falletta
that they record the works, even without previous public performances.
was enthusiastic, and, as it turned out, already had some recording dates booked with the LSO
sessions, moreover, would be the first in the new hall.
in touch with producer Michael Fine, who immediately put together the project details.
One challenge remained: Could Fuchs raise sufficient funds?
The bill for a project of this magnitude - including orchestra fee, expenses of various participants, artist fees for the conductor and soloist, and production costs - could add up to $60,000 or more.
Time was of the essence: with Falletta
and Fine already in London, expenses could be shared, but the recording dates were scheduled for September, only six months away.
stepped to the podium at 10:30 on the dot.
The room fell silent, and Falletta
to the orchestra.
Communicating by intercom, Fine collaborated closely with Falletta
, whose role was crucial and required prodigious stamina.
Falletta, who conducts orchestras around the world, currently holds the position of music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The New York Times
has called her
"one of the finest conductors of her
has scheduled the world premiere of An American Place with the Virginia Symphony for March 5 and 6, 2005.
first wrote this 15-minute work for wind and string quartets with French horn in 1985, and Falletta
conducted the premiere at Juilliard
awoke to find that Falletta
had slipped a note under his hotel door.