OK - I got the 24/96 multichannel download of this Jarvi/RSNO "Josephslegende" yesterday because this topic had come up again. I had planned to obtain it earlier because, about a year ago, this recording was reviewed on the Audiophile Audition website, where the reviewer wrote, "This SACD gets my vote over my earlier review [sic! the reviewer could use a refresher course on English usage] of Ivan Fischer's recording on Channel Classics. The sonics are a bit warmer and you can actually hear the pipe organ in the final section. Järvi also brings more of a sense of drama to his performance. . ." I was surprised to read this, since Jared has received such acclaim for producing magnificent recordings with Fischer and the BFO - deservedly so, IMHO.
However, during the last few years, Chandos (again IMHO) has also released one splendid recording after another, so maybe there was something to that observation. When I listened to the Järvi/RSNO recording yesterday, I was definitely impressed: dynamics and frequencies seemed (subjectively) as uninhibited as current technology will allow, and the performance had a clarity and patience that I don't always associate with Järvi. (I usually think of him as a conductor who likes to drive ahead to the finish line!) No question in my mind that this is a great recording which makes a compelling case for a work which many listeners find "difficult going" among Strauss's output.
I haven't had the chance to queue-up my copy of the Fischer/BFO SACD for direct comparison purposes yet, but my shoot-from-the-hip initial impression (relying on my memory of the last time I played the Channel Classics SACD) is that both recordings are wonderful. (Also, a blow-by-blow direct comparison might not be that revealing or even valid, since I play this new Chandos recording through my computer, and I'd be playing the Fischer/BFO recording through one of my SACD players.)
Perhaps another point in favor of this new Chandos recording is the inclusion of a couple of additional works: the love scene from "Feuersnot" and the "Militärischer Festmarsch", which Strauss wrote in 1876, when he was. . . (yikes!) about 12 years old!! Talk about a musical prodigy!
One last thing: I looked at a spectrograph of the opening track of this new recording (remember, I have the download, not the SACD), and, like so many other recent Chandos recordings, it looks superb: musical signal to 46KHz, with an absolutely noiseless background. Keep 'em coming!