STRAUSS: JOSEPHSLEGENDE; LOVE SCENE FROM FEUERSNOT; FESTMARSCH

Fri, Jun 14, 2013, 00:00

   
 

Album:
Strauss Josephslegende, Love Scene from Feuersnot, Festmarsch

Artist:
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Richard Strauss

Label:
Chandos

Genre:
Classical

STRAUSS: JOSEPHSLEGENDE; LOVE SCENE FROM
FEUERSNOT; FESTMARSCH

Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos CHSA 5120 HHHH
Not everything that Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes took on was a success. The 1914 Josephslegende, with music by no less a figure than Richard Strauss, has almost sunk without trace. Strauss thought “the chaste Joseph himself isn’t at all up my street,” although he interrupted work on his Alpensinfonie (which amused him “even less than chasing cockroaches”) in favour of the ballet. Its best moments come in lushly imaginative special orchestral effects, but it makes rather too many sidesteps into pastiche and contains too much obvious padding. Neeme Järvi’s suitably indulgent performance is coupled with the luminous Love scene from the early opera Feuersnot and an earnest Festival March, the precocious 12-year-old composer’s Op. 1. chandos.net