GUSTAV HOLST (1874-1934): The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30 (chamber version), 5 Partsongs, Op. 12. In
Catalogue Number: 05V005
Description: In 1910, after seven years of work, Holst completed his choral-orchestral masterpiece, The Cloud Messenger. But following a disappointing premiere in 1913 the piece fell into obscurity and has received only a handful of performances. 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 colorful 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. Texts included. Choir of King’s College London, The Strand Ensemble; Joseph Fort.