Josef Schelb: Orchestral Music, Volume Two: Three Concertos

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Catalogue No: TOCC0604
EAN/UPC: 5060113446046
Release Date: 2021-06-04
Composer: Josef Schelb
Artists: Dominik Wollenweber, Jürgen Bruns, Kammersymphonie Berlin, Sarina Zickgraf, Tatjana Blome

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. These three concertos show him at his most engaging: the contrapuntal craftsmanship that drives the music forward is deployed with a light and nimble touch, and passages of touching delicacy contrast with others where a lively sense of humour comes bubbling up to the surface.

Tatjana Blome, piano (Tracks 1 – 3)
Sarina Zickgraf, viola (Tracks 4 – 6)
Dominik Wollenweber, cor anglais (Tracks 7 – 9)
Kammersymphonie Berlin
Jürgen Bruns, conductor

1 review for Josef Schelb: Orchestral Music, Volume Two: Three Concertos

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    ‘[…] all the soloists are admirable, as is conductor Jürgen Bruns, who delineates orchestral strands very adeptly and is clearly as in tune with the lyricism as well as the more harmonically advanced nature of Schelb’s compositional arsenal.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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