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Holst: The Cloud Messenger (Chamber Version)

The Choir of King's College London, Joseph Fort, The Strand Ensemble

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The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30, H. 111  
1.1
Prelude (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
3:18
1.2
O thou, who com’st from Heaven’s king (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
2:48
1.3
In the city of the Great God (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:04
1.4
Bringer of rain (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
2:02
1.5
Rushing northward (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:59
1.6
See how all greet thee (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:14
1.7
Behold the villages (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:45
1.8
As the rain descends (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:33
1.9
Tarry not, O cloud, tarry not (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble; Caitlin Goreing
4:42
1.10
Tarry not, O cloud (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
2:09
1.11
And hark! (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
0:53
1.12
Thou hast reached the snowy peaks (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
3:53
1.13
And see! The Great God himself (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
0:55
1.14
Chorus (Moderato maestoso) – Vivace (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:51
1.15
When the dancers are weary (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
4:41
1.16
Wait near her flower-covered window (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
1:17
1.17
The Message (I, the bringer of the rain / Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
2:38
1.18
'Beloved!' (Chamber Version)
Gustav Holst; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort; The Strand Ensemble
4:33
Five Partsongs, Op. 12, H. 61  
1.19
Dream Tryst
Gustav Holst; The Strand Ensemble; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort
4:39
1.20
Ye little birds
Gustav Holst; The Strand Ensemble; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort
2:18
1.21
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee
Gustav Holst; The Strand Ensemble; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort
1:02
1.22
Now is the month of Maying
Gustav Holst; The Strand Ensemble; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort
1:37
1.23
Come to me
Gustav Holst; The Strand Ensemble; The Choir of King's College London; Joseph Fort
5:01
Total Playing Time    57:52
In 1910, after seven years of work, Gustav Holst completed his choral-orchestral masterpiece, "The Cloud Messenger". But following a disappointing premiere in1913 the piece fell into obscurity, and has received only a handful of performances. This crowning glory from the composer’s Sanskrit period deserves to be much better known. Telling the powerful fifth-century story of an exiled yaksha who spies a passing cloud and sends upon it a message of love to his distant wife in the Himalayas, it is rich in its harmonic language and ingenious in its motivic construction, and points the way to Holst’s next major work, "The Planets". This colourful chamber version by conductor Joseph Fort lends the more tender passages a new intimacy and clarity, while retaining much of the force of the original and laying the ground for a new life in performance.A set of five part songs, completed the year "The Cloud Messenger" was begun, shows the newly married Holst similarly absorbed by love’s trials and rewards.
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