This chamber music CD from composer and Local 47 member Gernot Wolfgang contains six compositions that acknowledge his deep Austrian roots filtered through more than 20 years of California living. The subtitle Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 4 refers to his integration of rhythm (grooves) from jazz, rock and roll, pop, world music, and electronic dance music (EDM) into concert music idioms to create an added musical layer. To counterbalance the grooves, there are also extensive slow, floating, meditative musical passages as well.
Vienna and the West was recorded May 15-18, 2018 in Los Angeles with some of the finest classical musicians. Among them are Local 47 members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and first call studio musicians. The release is a follow-up to his CD Passing Through: Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 3, which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.