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)
Catalogue No: TOCC0426EAN/UPC: 5060113444264Release Date: 01.12.2017Composer: Josef Schelb Artists: Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mann, Pavel Baleff, Philharmonie Baden-Baden
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Music for Orchestra No. 3 (1972) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0426/Track02.mp3
Music for Orchestra No. 4 (1972)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0426/Track05.mp3
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