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Josephs Legende

Staatskapelle de Dresde Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (3 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B00004T766
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Eine mächtige Säulenhalle im Stile des Palladio - Anfang 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Jeder von ihnen tritt - p.6/cf.5 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Zug und Tanz der Frauen - p.11/ 2 after 12 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz der Frauen: Hochzeitstanz (1) - p.14/ 3 after 170:25£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz der Frauen: Hochzeitstanz (2) - p.15/cf.19 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz der Frauen: Hochzeitstanz (3) - p.24/cf.29 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz der Frauen: Tanz der Sulamith - p.42/bef.48 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Oben erscheint ein Zug von Männern... - p.57/cf.650:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Die Boxer beginnen eine Art Reigen... - p.59/cf.69 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Der Sheik verbeugt sich... - p.76/ 4 bef.87 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz des Joseph: Die Unschuld des Hirtenknaben - p.82/cf.98 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz des Joseph: Die Sprünge - p.85/ 2 bef.102 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz des Joseph: Das Suchen und Ringen nach Gott - p.92/cf.109 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Tanz des Joseph: Die Verherrlichung Gottes - p.125/cf.141 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Potiphars Frau fährt im Augenblick, wo die zwei Mulatten Joseph berühren, wie in einem Traum zusammen - p.142/cf.160/3 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Sofort darauf wendet sie sich...- p.151/cf.169/3 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Der Abend bricht herein... - p.164/ 4 bef.178 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Josephs Traum: er sieht einen Engel, der schützend an sein Bett tritt - p.180/cf.192 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Da tut sich die Tür auf und Potiphars Frau schleicht herein... - p.182/ 1 after 197 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Nackt von der Schulter bis zur Hüfte steht Joseph vor ihr... - p.202/cf.220 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - In diesem Augenblick kommen rasch und aufgeregt zwei Diener mit Fackeln - p.212/cf.2300:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Jetzt kommt die junge Sklavin und läuft mit erhobenen Händen auf ihre Herrin zu - p.218/cf.2350:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Erste Tanzfigur: Die eine scheint Joseph ins Gesicht zu spucken - p.223/cf.239 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Zweite Tanzfigur: Schließlich steigern sich die Gebärden zu einem orientalischen Hexentanz... -p.233/ 5 after 2450:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Potiphar erscheint mit Fackelträgern und Gewappneten - p.239/ 2 bef. 251 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Aus dem Palast kommen mehrere Henkersknechte - p.249/cf.261 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - Jetzt erscheint ein ganz in Gold gewappneter Erzengel... - p. 277/cf.280 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende, Op.63 - In diesem Augenblick sind Joseph... - p.291/cf.292 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Undoubtedly the silliest of Strauss's large-scale orchestral scores - though the 1922 Viennese confectionery ballet Schlagobers runs it close - The Legend of Joseph marked a last oriental-religious fling for the Ballets Russes before the First World War compelled the ever-resourceful Diaghilev to change direction. It's hard to believe Strauss's genius-librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal took pride in the scenario of God-boy Joseph under siege from the clichéd vamping of Potiphar's wife, or that the composer identified with any aspect of the score. There's fitful interest, certainly, in the diaphanous twitterings of Joseph's four-part dance; neo-classical anticipations of Strauss's Indian summer concertos here must surely include the sketches he incorporated from a 1900 ballet based on a Watteau painting.

Other refined sequences of the score show fascinatingly selective string-writing while the big moments are pure, ungainly thrash. In neither case is the thematic material first-rate Strauss. But the bonus of texture-conscious Sinopoli and his translucently recorded orchestra after the poker-faced presentation of the only previous contender (on Denon, not currently available) does make one appreciate Strauss's hard-working attempts to simulate the eroticism of Salome and the fairy-tale strangeness of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Bonnard's hideous original poster was a foolhardy choice of cover when Bakst's designs and photos of the sexy young Leonid Massine were readily to hand.

Performance ****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2000


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some lovely things but lots of filler, too 11 Oct 2009
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
As much as I adore Strauss - at its best, his music will aways feature at the top of my favourites list - I have learned to my cost not to be a Strauss "completist". Hence "Guntram" was cast aside and while there is far more to delight the ear in this neglected ballet, no-one could possibly place it in the first rank of his works. Strauss was too much the professional to shirk a contractual obligation but he procrastinated, raided an earlier, discarded ballet and generally dragged his feet over this one as he felt little sympathy - modern materialist as he was, despite the yearning transcendence of his best music - with the biblical subject matter. Yet he had managed to do a fine job with "Salome"; perhaps that is why we hear frequent sub-"Salome" echoes and more than a hint of what was to come in "Die Frau Ohne Schatten". This is sub-par Strauss, containing some wonderful moments - particularly the theme allotted to Poptiphar's Wife - but generally lacking inspiration and requiring the listener to endure some longueurs. I still take it down from the shelves occasionally to here Sinopoli's masterly direction of a great orchestra - and a great big orchestra, at that, this music requiring an orchestra as large as that needed for the "Alpine Symphony" - but it's probably one of those "justly neglected" pieces that Strauss himself was not especially proud of. After its premiere in 1914 it was revived in 1947, but hardly since, and Sinopoli and DG have done us a favour by giving it the best advocacy possible in this excellent recording of a live, concert performance. Remember, Strauss dubbed himself a "first-rate second-rate composer". At his best, he's better than that but this work conforms to the self-deprecatory category he describes. Read more ›
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Performance from Sinopoli and the Staatskapelle Dresden of this lesser known Richard Strauss ballet 18 April 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Richard Strauss's "Josephs Legende" may be the most neglected of his major works, and that's truly a shame, since it is replete with elegant melodies and harmonies from the opening notes to a glowing, truly magnificient, conclusion. Among these include several riveting dances devoted to Joseph and his affair with Potiphar's wife which form the latter half of the ballet. Regrettably, one of the reasons why this major ballet score has remained obscure is due to its relatively dark subject matter, namely that of the Biblical prophet Joseph and the events leading to his rescue by an angel, that involve not only adultery, but also madness and suicide. The late Giuseppe Sinopoli's interpretation with the Staatskapelle Dresden is absolutely riveting, and one that should have caught fire with critics and fans alike. This was among the last, if not the last, in a series of recordings which Sinopoli and his orchestra made for Deutsche Grammophon of Richard Strauss's scores. I personally think that it's as fine as the others, made more remarkable by the fact that this was a live concert recording, and yet, the sound quality is absolutely as exquisite as any from a Deutsche Grammophon studio recording made in the late 1990s. Hopefully one day this recording will be regarded as a classic of this little known work. If you are a great admirer of the Dresden Staatskapelle, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Richard Strauss, then I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room on Your Shelf... 29 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bought this CD on a whim. After all, I've never walked around with snippits of "Josephs Legende" in my head. After listening to this recording, I was left to wonder why. It is vintage Strauss, pacing through turns lyrical and dramatic, and brimming with orchestral color. The late/great Sinopoli was in full command here, and what an army the Staatskapelle Dresden continues to be!
Strauss is not to everyone's tastes. However, if you have a soft-spot in your heart for Heldenleben, Don Quixote, Alpensinfonie or the sentimental strains of Zarathustra, you will find much to explore and enjoy in this outstanding recording. Highly recommended
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Ballet That Deserves Better 27 Dec 2000
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Josephs Legende is a work that may not be classed among the best of Richard Strauss but it is among his most interesting works. The music contains elements of Salome and something of his next opera Die Frau Ohne Schatten. It was a chore for the composer to write with a wordy and symbolic scenerio by Hoffmannsthal and Count Harry Kessler, but he managed to overcome these hurdles his objections to write a work conveying great passion.
The ballet was written for the Ballet Russe, and Nijinsky was to dance the role of Joseph and choreograph the dances. By the time the music was ready, Nijinsky had been fired by Diaghilev and replaced by Massine.
The ballet is definately something for Straussians. It is not a good introduction to Strauss's music but will be interesting to anyone who has heard Salome, Elektra and the earlier tone poems. The performance by Giuseppe Sinopoli and the Dresden Staatskapelle is marvelous and brings out the seductive magic of the music.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Ballet 2 April 2007
By H. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
From the opening bars it is easy to tell that Richard Strauss's Josephs Legende is full of passion. The music is hardly lacking in drama or is boring and is characterized by some of the composers best melodies through to the shimmering conclusion. It full deserves to be better known and this recording but the late Giuseppe Sinopoli and the Dresden Staatkapelle is a marvelous performance. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some lovely things but lots of filler, too 11 Oct 2009
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As much as I adore Strauss - at its best, his music will aways feature at the top of my favourites list - I have learned to my cost not to be a Strauss "completist". Hence "Guntram" was cast aside and while there is far more to delight the ear in this neglected ballet, no-one could possibly place it in the first rank of his works. Strauss was too much the professional to shirk a contractual obligation but he procrastinated, raided an earlier, discarded ballet and generally dragged his feet over this one as he felt little sympathy - modern materialist as he was, despite the yearning transcendence of his best music - with the biblical subject matter. Yet he had managed to do a fine job with "Salome"; perhaps that is why we hear frequent sub-"Salome" echoes and more than a hint of what was to come in "Die Frau Ohne Schatten". This is sub-par Strauss, containing some wonderful moments - particularly the theme allotted to Poptiphar's Wife - but generally lacking inspiration and requiring the listener to endure some longueurs. I still take it down from the shelves occasionally to here Sinopoli's masterly direction of a great orchestra - and a great, big orchestra, at that, this music requiring an orchestra as large as that needed for the "Alpine Symphony" - but it's probably one of those "justly neglected" pieces that Strauss himself was not especially proud of. After its premiere in 1914 it was revived in 1947, but hardly since, and Sinopoli and DG have done us a favour by giving it the best advocacy possible in this excellent recording of a live, concert performance. Remember, Strauss dubbed himself a "first-rate second-rate composer". At his best, he's better than that but this work conforms to the self-deprecatory category he describes. Having said all that, the climax is powerful and effective because Strauss was always a theatrical animal. The Santa Fe listener is a little harsh in entitling his review "a gem of banality", but I know what he means... even if (to paraphrase Beecham) I still derive pleasure from the sheer noise this music makes.
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