Passing Through
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Groove-Oriented chamber music by Gernot Wolfgang is featured in his third recording on Albany Records.

Passing Through is the third recording devoted to composer Gernot Wolfgang's chamber music compositions. Ever since Wolfgang became interested in contemporary classical music, the prospect of integrating grooves from musical styles such as jazz, rock & roll, pop, world music and electronica into his concert works has intrigued him. The works on this CD contain such grooves as the means of providing forward propulsion, generating additional energy, and also simply for the fun of it. Gernot Wolfgang has been described by Gramophone as a composer with a "winning sonic arsenal," while jazz legend Dave Brubeck characterized his music as being of "unconventional beauty." Born in Austria, Gernot Wolfgang holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, the University of Music in Graz, and the University of Southern California. The recipient of numerous commissions, his music has been performed by major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He has taught at the University of Music in Graz and given masterclasses at UCLA, Texas Tech University, University of Music in Vienna and Instrumenta Verano in Oaxaca. He also works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry. A stellar group of Los-Angeles based musicians perform on this disc, including Judith Farmer, bassoon; oboist Jennifer Johnson; pianists Joanne Pearce Martin and Robert Thies; and the Eclipse and New Hollywood String Quartets.
Contents:
Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Flurry
Judith Farmer, bassoon; Nic Gerpe, piano

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
String Theory
New Hollywood String Quartet

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Passing Through
Jennifer Johnson, oboe; Judith Farmer, bassoon

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
New England Travelogue
Eclipse Quartet

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Trilogy
Jennifer Johnson, oboe; Judith Farmer, bassoon; Robert Thies, piano

Review:
"Gernot Wolfgang's new recording Passing Through is as thoughtful and entertaining as any 21st century music I've heard this year.…(Dean Frey)

"Composer Gernot Wolfgang has produced an eminently enjoyable cd worthy of attention.…In three words, the review is "Go Get It!" the title of one of its tracks." (rafaelmusicnotes.com)

"…Wolfgang has a distinctive voice, and one that is truly worth hearing. This CD, with its first-rate performances and fine sonics, ought to win the composer any new admirers, and I hope that my review will also work towards that end. Definitely worth picking up." (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare)
"Every so often, a recording comes along that is really off the beaten path…so far off, in fact, that it seems to create its own genre. Such is this recording of music by Gernot Wolfgang, a former jazz guitarist-turned-composer who is fascinated by the use of jazz and rock elements in classical compositions…this is a beautiful and deeply moving listening experience." (Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge)