JOSEF SCHELB (1894-1977): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra *, Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra *, Concerto for Cor Anglais and String Orchestra. * -First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 06W007
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0604
Description: Schelb 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, from 1949, 1956 and 1970 respectively, 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 humor comes bubbling up to the surface. Tatjana Blome (piano), Sarina Zickgraf (viola), Dominik Wollenweber (cor anglais), Kammsymphonie Berlin; Jürgen Bruns.