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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Symphonic Music - Released February 17, 2012 | Warner Classics International

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Concertos - Released March 1, 1999 | Chandos

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Classical - Released March 16, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 5, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 28, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2001 | Westminster

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1979 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 24, 2004 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Classical - Released June 26, 2009 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 9, 2004 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Concertos - Released February 2, 1996 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Classical - Released May 31, 1994 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1981 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released May 1, 2012 | Nimbus Records

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Classical - Released June 3, 2016 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released April 24, 2020 | Delphian

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Gustav Holst's The Cloud Messenger, Op. 30, of 1913, is all but forgotten. A giant choral-orchestral setting of an epic Sanskrit love poem, the work was, in Holst's mind, to be a major expansion of the music on Indian subjects he had been pursuing since the first years of the century. Unfortunately, the premiere was sunk by a ghastly error (no semi-choir was provided, and the singers attempted to sight-read the music, with predictably disastrous results), and the work fell out of the repertory, eclipsed by more modernist concepts. Even today, it's a substantial budgetary undertaking for even the big British choirs Holst imagined. Hence this chamber arrangement for 15 players by Joseph Fort: the idea is to revive the work, which is doubtless interesting. The piece, unlike some others by Holst of the period, doesn't include much reference to actual Indian music, but it does have an attractively romantic-mystical atmosphere that survives the reduction in forces. The tale recounts the efforts of a king to have a cloud take a message to his wife in the Himalayan mountains. The paean to marital love was a bit out of fashion in the year of The Rite of Spring, but Holst's airy score, coming to rest in quiet ecstasy at the end, reflects the ancient text well. The Choir of King's College London and the Strand Ensemble achieve the right transparent texture, and the choir also does well with the encore, the Five Partsongs, Op. 12, also of a romantic nature. Certainly of interest to Holst buffs, this album will also attract those exploring the question of India in the British cultural mind. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 11, 2019 | Reference Recordings

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Reference Recordings proudly presents Holst’s best known and beloved works in a new interpretation from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony. This release was recorded in the beautiful and acoustically acclaimed Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It was produced by David Frost. The Kansas City Symphony has a vision to transform hearts, minds and its community through the power of symphonic music. Founded in 1982, the Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and holds a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. This is the seventh in Reference Recordings’ series with Kansas City Symphony. © Reference Recordings
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Symphonic Music - Released January 27, 2009 | Chandos

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