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Breaking Through

by Paul Henning

Soaring, lush and exuberant: Solo piano shines above a full 48-piece orchestra, creating a sweeping musical vista that blends joyous optimism with a nostalgic Americana voice.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breaking Through
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
6:49 $1.29
2. Exhilaration
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
4:05 $1.29
3. Inside of Me
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
5:51 $1.29
4. My Home
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
4:31 $1.29
5. Deep Roots
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
7:00 $1.29
6. Getting There
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
4:03 $1.29
7. A Bit of Luck
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
3:42 $1.29
8. Days Gone By
Paul Henning & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
5:58 $1.29
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Album Notes
Paul Henning’s début piano and orchestra album ‘Breaking Through’ blends modern sensibilities with a nostalgic Americana voice. Both soaring and intimate, his music features simple chorale-like melodies with lush orchestration. Hints of Celtic folk tunes and Shaker melodies pepper the deeply-felt pieces. The album features piano solos performed by the composer himself, recorded live with a full 48-piece studio orchestra. The result? A sweeping musical vista embodying the spirit of the heartland, but with a 21st-century point of view.


"Paul's music is infused with an effortless energy, enthusiasm, and excitement . . . How beautiful!"

– William Ross, composer & arranger
(Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé)

"Both lively and plush, 'Breaking Through' brims with American pastoral optimism. 
You'll want to be a part of Paul's exuberant and joyous journey."
– Christopher Tin, Grammy-winning composer
(Civilization IV)

"Wonderful melodies, superb orchestration, and terrific performances by Paul and the orchestra.
Paul takes the listener on a 'melodic journey' of emotions that is really a breath of fresh air."
– Richard Kaufman, conductor
(Dallas Symphony Pops, Pacific Symphony Pops, guest conductor
with the Chicago Symphony and London Symphony)

"Paul has used his considerable talents to create this tour-de-force and we, the audience,
are lucky to be the recipients of something beautiful and inspiring."
– Dave Black, Alfred Music Publishing

"A spectacular and moving album . . . Beautiful music that evokes a rich landscape of spirit and emotions."
– Christopher Lennertz, film composer
(Identity Thief, Agent Carter, Galavant, Horrible Bosses)


Composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Henning enjoys a versatile music career in both film and live performance. He has worked on the score orchestrations for over 50 feature films, including 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'The BFG, 'Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb,' and 'Chocolat.' In addition to his film writing, Paul also works on orchestral arrangements that have received performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and London Symphony.

He has helped create concert suites from the film scores, Spider-man, The Passion of the Christ, and Peter Pan, as well as multiple works from the catalogs of the Golden Age film composers Dimitri Tiomkin and Elmer Bernstein. Paul has also completed band arrangements for the Television Shows "American Idol," "The Singing Bee," and "Sunday's Best."

An accomplished pianist and violinist, Paul has performed with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on the soundtracks to 'Moana,' 'Furious 7,' 'Frozen,' 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'The Maze Runner,' 'Monsters University,' and 'Alice in Wonderland,' among many others. He has also played violin for Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Paul has served as Concertmaster for the Golden State Pops Orchestra since 2004.

Paul grew up on his family's 125-year old wheat farm near Pullman, Washington. He studied music at the University of Southern California and Washington State University.

Despite all his years of experience working in the Hollywood Studios and on the concert stage, Paul's most exciting endeavor to date remains his solo piano & orchestra album, 'Breaking Through.'



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Heidi A.

A beautifully written album that takes you on a journey through the heartland. Highly recommended!

Peter Hackman

Enjoyable, Delightful, GORGEOUS Album
Enjoyable, delightful, gorgeous are just a few adjectives I can think of that describe this album. Paul Henning performed the music contained on this album. Paul playing, you can feel his soul come through each track. Not only are the pieces well composed, but performed masterfully by this talented artist. I can picture several scenarios when playing this music would be almost therapeutic. Long day of work and you come home and kids are asleep and you are catching up on the days activities on your iPhone or iPad, put this on and unwind. Taking a drive, maybe in the country, and you need some tunes to listen to that compliment the beautiful scenic drive, BREAKING THROUGH is all you need. Enjoying some Sunday brunch and you need that most perfect album to put on that just starts the day on the right food, the album BREAKING THROUGH by Paul Henning can do that! Listening to this album can do many things, but most importantly, it will put a smile on your face and lift your spirits! Pick this up and starting enjoying it!