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Schelb: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1


Release Date: 01/19/2018 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 426  
Composer:  Josef Schelb
Conductor:  Paul MannPavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony OrchestraBaden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Movimento I by Josef Schelb
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Music for Orchestra No. 3 by Josef Schelb
Conductor:  Paul Mann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
3.
Music for Orchestra No. 4 by Josef Schelb
Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 

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