Organ works by
Organ of Blackburn Cathedral
The fifth disc from Regent entirely devoted to the compositions of David Bednall, and the first recording of his solo organ works, played by Paul Walton on the organ of Blackburn Cathedral.
The works on this recording span David Bednall’s compositional career to date. The Adagio was one of his earliest pieces, and Triptych in Honour of Herbert Howells is a major new work especially written for this recording.
Two of the releases of his music on Regent have been Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, most recently Stabat Mater in the 2016 Awards issue.
Recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation David Bednall studied for a PhD in composition with Professor John Pickard at the University of Bristol. He is Organist of The University of Bristol, Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral and conducts The University Singers. He was Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford, studied with Dr Naji Hakim and David Briggs and was Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral.
This new recording of Bednall’s solo organ music is played on the magnficent Walker organ of Blackburn Cathedral by the brilliant young organist, Paul Walton, in his fourth solo disc for Regent. Paul Walton studied in Manchester with Matthew Owens and Margaret Phillips, and subsequently with Kevin Bowyer. Since 2001 he has been Assistant Organist of Bristol Cathedral.
Magna voce cane et magno cum jubilo 5:13
Passion Chorale / Herzlich thut mich verlangen: Meditation 5:52
Ach Herre Gott, mich treibt die Not 2:45
Evocation of Wells Cathedral ‘O Radix Jesse’ 8:55
Festal Sortie on ‘Gopsal’ 4:11
Charity: Berceuse 4:25
Toccata: Aberystwyth 3:33
Wie schön leuchtet: Meditation 5:39
Triptych in Honour of Herbert Howells 23:16
I Come sing and dance 6:17
II On Chosen Hill 9:54
III Holy is the true light 7:05
Reviews of Paul Walton’s previous recordings on Regent:
‘Try his barnstorming assault on David Briggs's jubilant Sortie on ‘In dulci jubilo’ for size - epic!’
BBC Music Magazine
‘Paul Walton plays with great virtuosity’
Choir & Organ
‘Paul Walton’s virtuosity as an organist is apparent throughout’
‘...some especially beautiful, quiet music. There is also an exhilarating transcription of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride’
The Mail on Sunday, December 2013
Reviews of previous recordings of David Bednall’s compositions on Regent:
‘...this new release - featuring an entirely Marian-themed programme - will also prove to be a decisive milestone in his compositional development.’ Gramophone Awards Issue 2016 - Editor’s Choice
‘…this pungent, turbulent style; it is music in a perpetual state of climax…’
BBC Music Magazine
‘...David Bednall is announced as an important and individual voice...Watch this space...’ Gramophone
‘This is immensely inspired writing....’ Gramophone
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