Gernot Wolfgang Announces His New Chamber Music Album VIENNA AND THE WEST on Albany Records
"In crafting this work, Wolfgang has created something wholly personal and profound. A significant and seminal contribution. An instant favorite". - Kabir Sehgal, multi-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY winning producer
Albany Records just released composer Gernot Wolfgang's chamber music CD VIENNA AND THE WEST. The album is a follow-up to his CD PASSING THROUGH, which received rave reviews and went on to be nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Compendium.
VIENNA AND THE WEST was recorded from May 15-18, 2018 in Los Angeles by some of the city's finest classical musicians, among them members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, first-call studio musicians and several GRAMMY nominees (including one winner). GRAMMY nominated Rich Breen was the engineer for these sessions.
The six compositions on VIENNA AND THE WEST acknowledge Wolfgang's deep Austrian musical roots, filtered through more than twenty years of California living. His ongoing quest to integrate rhythms (grooves) from musical genres such as jazz, rock & roll, pop, world music, and EDM into concert music idioms creates an additional musical layer – hence the album's subtitle "groove-oriented chamber music, vol.4". But grooves are not present throughout. Extensive slow, floating, meditative musical passages provide a counterbalance to the rhythmic sections.