Bettina Beigelbeck & Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe - Schelb: Chamber Works
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:37 min | 283 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017
The Karlsruhe-based Josef Schelb (1894-1977) is one of the better-kept secrets of twentieth-century 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. These four, for clarinet in various chamber combinations, show his music emerging from the influence of Hindemith and Berg. They have a freewheeling energy, contrapuntal command and rhythmic charge of its own often animated by a touch of devilish humour.