Vienna and the West: Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 4
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Gernot Wolfgang's music is a pleasure for the listener to explore.

This intriguing and ingenious album by Gernot Wolfgang bridges sophisticated Viennese elements with edgier and rawer textures found in more contemporary American works. Wolfgang is taking us on an autobiographical safari with this "groove-oriented" classical album that will be a pleasure for the listener to explore. The compositions are for eclectic chamber groups, beginning with a bassoon-piano opener and concluding with a piano quartet. These many forms reveal the multiplicity of Wolfgang. Described as a "master composer with important things to communicate to his listeners," Gernot Wolfgang was born in Austria in 1957. Currently he lives in Los Angeles where (among many other musical activities) he works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry. He has been a lecturer at the University of Music in Graz and offered master classes at numerous universities in the U.S. and Mexico. He has received more than 40 commissions from organizations such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Festival of the European Broadcasting Union, and the Debussy Trio. This is his fourth recording for Albany Records.
Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Road Signs
Judith Farmer (bassoon); Nic Gerpe (piano)

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Passage to Vienna
Tereza Stanislav (violin); Ben Hong (cello); Joanne Pearce Martin (piano)

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Route 33
Gloria Cheng (piano)

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Edgar David Lopez (clarinet); Judith Farmer (bassoon); Nadia Shpachenko (piano)

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
Edgar David Lopez (clarinet); Judith Farmer (bassoon); Amy Jo Rhine (horn); Tereza Stanislav (violin); Robert Brophy (viola); Andrew Shulman (cello); Steve Dress (double bass)

Gernot Wolfgang, composer
From Vienna With Love
Marta Jasper White (violin); Robert Brophy (viola); Charles Tyler (cello); Robert Thies (piano)

"Listening to Road Signs, an intriguing etude for bassoon and piano by Gernot Wolfgang in the Albany CD Vienna and the West (TROY 1760) I am reminded of how much I enjoyed Wolfgang’s work in the past, and of how unpredictable the young Austrian composer’s music can be. Here’s a lovely compilation of minimalist compositions written between 2002 and 2017.…This, in a few words, is music that defies pigeonholing, as it embraces the rigorous conservatory training of its creator while at the same time giving more than a passing nod to the improvisatory feel of jazz. (Rafael's Music Notes)"…As with the previous volume, this one features superb performances featuring some of Los Angeles’ finest studio and concert musicians. The sonic quality of the release is really equally impressive with a warm quality and excellent imaging. The music is all quite accessible with a good sequencing of chamber groups. Thematically, the album does have this sense of episodic exploration which is given voice through some really interesting pieces. This is another highly recommended collection of chamber music." (Cinemusical)
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