David Bednall: Sudden Light - Choral Works

David Bednall: Sudden Light - Choral Works

by Epiphoni Consort


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David Bednall: Sudden Light - Choral Works

The composer David Bednall and the Epiphoni Consort choir are both rather new on the scene as of the 2010s, but here they've produced a top-notch recording of music that's firmly rooted in the English choral tradition, yet absolutely distinctive. Annotator Andrew Stewart accurately points to aspects held in common by Bednall and the English "Romantic Moderns" of the 1930s, yet it might be better to call him a Romantic Eclectic. Some of the pieces here, taken in isolation, fit with those of other composers of the English, neo-tonal school, but it's the sequence of events that's more unusual. The music is sacred and secular, Latin and English, diatonic and polytonal, and thickly chromatic, yet all recognizably a product of the same pen. Sample the transition from the spacious Latin motet "Lux orta est iusto" (written for performance with Tallis' "Spem in alium," for similar forces) to the following setting of "Rise up, my love," from the Song of Songs, which opens with a long organ prelude that reminds you of Vierne or Duruflé. The predominance of Shakespeare among the secular texts links the program closely to English tradition, but the settings are extremely varied, from madrigalistic to Poulenc-like, to works in the Vaughan Williams vein. The overall effect is lively and even a bit experimental, an impression reinforced by the choir-of-individuals approach of the Epiphoni Consort. Delphian contributes superb engineering work in the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood, Southeast London. This is new choral music that's well worth checking out.

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Release Date: 07/21/2017
Label: Delphian
UPC: 0801918341892
catalogNumber: 34189


  1. Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Cantata, for soloists, chorus, trumpet & 2 organs: II. Alleluia
  2. The Argument of His Book, madrigal for double chorus
  3. Sudden Light, for chorus
  4. A Wedding Prayer, for high voice & piano or organ
  5. Sonnet 98, for chorus
  6. Everyone Sang, for chorus & organ
  7. Tota pulchra es, for chorus
  8. Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Cantata, for soloists, chorus, trumpet & 2 organs: XIII. But peaceful was the night
  9. Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Cantata, for soloists, chorus, trumpet & 2 organs: XI. Tribus miraculis ornatum
  10. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?, for double chorus
  11. Songs (3) of Love, for double chorus
  12. Te lucis ante terminum, introit for tenor & chorus
  13. Rise up, my love, anthem for chorus & organ (with optional trumpet)
  14. Lux orta est iusto, motet for 40 voices

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