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listen  1. The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30: O thou, who com'st from heaven's king -Della Jones 8:15Album Only
listen  2. The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30: Tarry not, O Cloud, tarry not. Rushing northward ? -Richard Hickox 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30: Tarry not, O Cloud, tarry not -Della Jones 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30: When we first met -Richard Hickox10:45Album Only
listen  5. The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30: When the dancers are weary ?Della Jones12:37Album Only
listen  6. The Hymn of Jesus, Op. 37: Prelude -Richard Hickox 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Hymn of Jesus, Op. 37: The HymnRichard Hickox16:47Album Only
listen  8. Ave Maria, Op. 9bPaul Spicer 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Evening-watch, Op. 43, No. 1Paul Spicer 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 1. Say who is this?Richard Hickox 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 2. O Love, I complainPatricia Rozario 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 3. Angel Spirits of SleepRichard Hickox 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 4. When we first metPatricia Rozario 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 5. Sorrow and joyRichard Hickox 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 6. Love on my heart from Heaven fellPatricia Rozario 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 7. Assemble, all ye maidensRichard Hickox11:00Album Only
listen  8. A Choral Fantasia, Op. 51Richard Hickox16:50Album Only
listen  9. A Dirge for 2 VeteransRichard Hickox 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ode to Death, Op. 38Richard Hickox12:30Album Only
listen11. This have I done for my true love, Op. 34, No. 1Rachel Wheatley 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. O lady, leave that silken threadPaul Spicer 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. 4 Songs, Op. 4: 4 Songs, Op. 4: No. 3. Soft and gentlyPaul Spicer 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The autumn is oldPaul Spicer 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Winter and the birdsPaul Spicer 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Joyful Company of Singers, London Symphony Chorus
  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox, Paul Spicer
  • Composer: Gustav Holst
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00000IYN5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Mountford TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2000
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. . . but I wish they'd used a large choral force.
My primary interest in this CD was the recording of the relatively recently re-discovered (1984) major choral work "The Cloud Messenger." From Holst's "India" period, this is a stunningly beautiful "painting" of the Khalidasa 6th Century A.D. lyric poem, "Meghaduta" ("Cloud Messenger"), the lament of an exiled yaksa who is pining for his beloved on a lonely mountain peak. When, at the beginning of the monsoon, a cloud perches on the peak, he asks it to deliver a message to his love in the Himalayan city of Alaka. Most of the poem consists of a description of the landmarks, cities, and terrain on the cloud's route to Alaka, interspersed with admonishments to the cloud to "Tarry not!" It is only at the end that we are finally aware of the message itself -- one intended to comfort the yaksa's wife in her loneliness.
I had the privilege of singing the U.S. premiere of this work in 1996 with Masterworks Chorale in San Mateo, CA, a chorus of about 150 auditioned singers. This work needs such a large choral force, and a conductor who can deal with the inherent drama in the text. We had both, and the performance was a stunning success. (It was the final work on a program that opened with Debussy's "La damoiselle Elue" for women's voices and mezzo-soprano and soprano soloists; and Brahms' "Alto Rhapsody" for men's voices and mezzo-soprano soloist. "The Cloud Messenger" also includes a mezzo-soprano soloist.)
My biggest complaint with this recording is the dynamics. The entire work seems to be performed at about mf+, occasionally venturing into f and mp. Unfortunately, this doesn't do justice to the drama.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on September 6, 2002
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How many of you are sick of the Planets! I know I am, as marvelous as I find that work. Holst was a much more varied and talented composer than that work reveals. On this disc you can hear a wide variety of Holst's choral music and judge for yourself.
I can only comment on half this disc, as I own the Cloud Messanger and the Hymn of Jesus only in an earlier incarnation. The Cloud Messanger is a massive work based on an Hindu text. It is of variable quality...Holst himself flet that it was not wholy a success and supressed further performances of it in his lifetime. But the passages that are good are stunning indeed, and Hickox and crew make a strong case for the work.
The reason to get this CD is for the Hymn of Jesus. This is the best performance of the best work that Holst composed. The Hymn of Jesus is based on Holst's own translation of a passage from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas ( some sources claim the Acts of John as the origin of this text, but I'm pretty sure I have it in my copy of the Gospel of Thomas, which had recently been discovered at the time.)These Gnostic texts so intrigued Holst that he studied Greek just to be able to read it in the original. The work begins with a beautiful, atmospheric prelude based on two Sarum chants, Panea Lingua and a resplendant Vexilla Regis in the boy choir. Then there is a massive choral invocation to God and the Hymn is sung. This text is also known as the Round Dance of Jesus, and Holst goes for the dance in the piece, with a splendid section in 5/4 which must have frightened the Edwardian audience at the work's premiere. Tightly organized and stunning in it's choral effects, this version of the work surpasses even the fine old recording by Sir Charles Grove.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on April 19, 2006
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These choral works from Gustav Holst are as striking as the Planets. They are like two dozen angels singing with heavenly glory. A Choral Fantasia, The Cloud Messenger and The Hymn of Jesus are excellent; superb playing from the London Symphony, breathtaking and articulate singing from the Chorus. Ode to Death & A Dirge for Two Veterans are absolutely haunting. The Part-songs are worth the listen, and the Ave Maria and the Motets sound fresh and fabulous.

If you are a fan of Holst's Planets, then you'll be an immediate fan of his choral works once you start listening to The Cloud Messenger.
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By Dale L. Burns on August 28, 2014
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All is good. I particularly liked Ode To Death; beautiful.
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