Josef Schelb: Orchestral Music, Volume One


Catalogue No: TOCC0426
EAN/UPC: 5060113444264
Release Date: 01.12.2017
Composer: Josef Schelb
Artists: Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mann, Pavel Baleff, Philharmonie Baden-Baden

Josef Schelb (1894–1977) is one of the better-kept secrets of 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, in the tonally liberated, quasi-Expressionist contrapuntal tradition of Hindemith and Hartmann; Bartók was an important influence, too. The three pieces recorded here show Schelb capable of astonishing vitality in his mid- to late seventies: they display lean muscularity, freewheeling energy and luminous and transparent orchestration, often informed by bucolic nostalgia and lyrical melancholy.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Tracks 1 – 4)
Paul Mann, conductor (Tracks 1 – 4)
Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Tracks 5 – 7)
Pavel Baleff, conductor (Tracks 5 – 7)

Listen To This Recording:

    Movimento I (1969)

  1. Movimento I
  2. Music for Orchestra No. 3 (1972)

  3. I. Ruhig, doch fliessend
  4. II. Sehr lebhaft
  5. III. Thema mit Variationen
  6. Music for Orchestra No. 4 (1972)*

  7. I. Bewegt
  8. II. Sehr breit
  9. III. Bewegt



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