Vienna And The West

Gernot Wolfgang
Albany Records TROY1760 (2019)

Tracklist

  • 01. ROAD SIGNS (bassoon, piano)
  • 02. PASSAGE TO VIENNA (violin, cello, piano)
  • 03. ROUTE 33 (solo piano)
  • 04. WINDOWS (clarinet, bassoon, piano)
  • 05. IMPRESSIONS – 1.Carnival in Venice (cl,bsn,hn,vln,vla,vc,cb)
  • 06. IMPRESSIONS – 2.Dream
  • 07. IMPRESSIONS – 3.Country Road
  • 08. FROM VIENNA WITH LOVE (violin, viola, cello, piano)

All music composed by Gernot Wolfgang (BMI/AKM)
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Rich Breen
Produced by Gernot Wolfgang and Judith Farmer
Executive producer: David Barnes
All music published by Doblinger Music Publishers

Musicians

Edgar David Lopez clarinet
Judith Farmer bassoon
Amy Jo Rhine
horn
Gloria Cheng
piano
Nic Gerpe
piano
Joanne Pearce Martin
piano
Nadia Shpachenko
piano
Robert Thies piano
Tereza Stanislav violin
Maia Jasper White violin
Robert Brophy viola
Ben Hong violoncello
Andrew Shulman violoncello
Charles Tyler violoncello
Steve Dress double bass

Reviews

“If you are searching for a fresh and distinct fusion of styles, something classically based yet different, this is the album you might want to consider. Gernot Wolfgang, an Austrian-born composer now based in Los Angeles, masters an idiosyncratic fusion of the elements of the Second Viennese School with contemporary jazz in this selection of chamber music pieces featuring various combinations of instruments.”

Ivana Popovic, The Whole Note

 “Gernot Wolfgang is one of those contemporary chamber music composers that pushes musical boundaries while simultaneously keeping his audience incredibly engaged and entertained.”

Jeffrey Palmer, CutCommon

“The harmonic and melodic innovation of Schoenberg and the stripped-down aesthetic of Webern meet jazz from the 60s and film scores since then, in this excellent new album from Grammy-nominee Gernot Wolfgang. Wolfgang brings his usual high-flying Los Angeles-based team of studio musicians, expert in both classical and popular idioms.”

Dean Frey, Music for Several Instruments

“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.”

Steven Kennedy, Cinemusical

“These freewheeling pluralistic compositions cleverly weave the past and the present in a way that reflects well on both. Lineage is a strong component of Wolfgang’s writing, an inheritance that is honoured but flourishes in a new soil, or soils. It’s not a question of abandoning Vienna, more a case of Wolfgang returning to it anew, refreshed and thereby refreshing his own musical vocabulary. With excellent performers on board this is a groove disc that appeals to the heart and to the head.”

Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb-International

“This is an extremely enjoyable and musically intriguing CD, and I highly recommend it.”

Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge

“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 … Unpredictable, surely, but I will choose surprise any day over a musical déjà vu.”

Rafael de Acha, Rafael’s Music Notes

“As with his earlier albums, there are tracks that you’ll instantly fall in love with, while others take quite a few listens to get your head around. This is experimental music that keeps the sensibilities of the original influences. It’s a lovingly crafted album and another wonderful release from Wolfgang.”

Darren Rea, ReviewGraveyard

“Groove-related elements are are treated subtly and artfully.”

Ron Schepper, Textura

 “This intriguing and ingenious album by Gernot Wolfgang bridges sophisticated Viennese elements with edgier and rawer textures found in more contemporary American works. Indeed, this production evokes enigmatic scenes from Schoenberg’s school, to the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles, where Wolfgang resides. He takes us on an autobiographical safari with this “groove-oriented” classical album that’s a pleasure to explore, for those with kid-like wonder or veteran-seasoned ears. This is a piece of musical literature because every time I listen to it, I hear something new. Each section is teeming with revelations, from the curious to the celestial. These 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: He thrives when writing for different combinations, formats, permutations. In crafting this work, Wolfgang has created something wholly personal and profound. A significant and seminal contribution. An instant favorite.”

Kabir Sehgal, multi GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winning producer