The Karlsruhe-based Josef Schelb (1894–1977) is one of the better-kept secrets of twentieth-century German music. His output was substantial: he lost most of his early music in a bombing raid in 1942, but – as if to make up for lost time – wrote some 150 more works after that. These four, for clarinet in various chamber combinations, show his music emerging from the influence of Hindemith and Berg and developing a freewheeling energy, contrapuntal command and rhythmic charge of its own – often animated by a touch of devilish humour.
Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet Yasushi Ideue, violin (Tracks 5–7, 12–15) Ayu Ideue, violin (Tracks 5–7) Wolfgang Wahl, viola (Tracks 5–11) Gabriela Bradley, cello (Tracks 8–11) Bernhard Lörcher, cello (Tracks 1–7) Manfred Kratzer, piano (Tracks 1–4)
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (1954) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0358/05.mp3
Quartet for Clarinet, Viola, Cello and Piano (1955)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0358/08.mp3
Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (1965)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0358/12.mp3
* First Recordings
Catalogue No: TOCC0358EAN/UPC: 5060113443588Release Date: 01.06.2017Composer: Josef Schelb Artists: Bettina Beigelbeck, Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe
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“…attractively recorded and vigorously performed Toccata entry…” –Music Web International, August 2017
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