Strauss: Josephs Legende / Bollon, Staatskapelle Halle

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Richard Strauss’s Josephs Legende is a ballet in one act composed for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1914. Fabrice Bollon conducts the Staatskapelle Halle in a work of alluring sensuality and soaring themes.


All in all, the result is a thoroughly suggestive interpretation, which of course cannot completely take over the scenic element. Nevertheless, the dramaturgical contours are beautifully worked out, and everything leads up to the apotheosis, when Joseph and the Archangel disappear into other spheres. Once again, Fabrice Bollon allows the Staatskapelle Halle to make full use of its potential and to immerse itself in the story, which is not always the case in the tutti passages, which sound somewhat distant – perhaps in order to avoid any pathos. Nevertheless, this remains a rewarding recording of Richard Strauss’ first ballet score.

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 08, 2024

  • Catalog Number: 8574551

  • UPC: 747313455171

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Richard Strauss

  • Conductor: Fabrice Bollon

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Staatskapelle Halle


  1. Josephslegende (The Legend of Joseph), Op. 63, TrV 231

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: Staatskapelle Halle

    Conductor: Fabrice Bollon