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Not yet 40, David Bednall has established a reputation for finely wrought choral works that are notable for their sensitive word-setting and harmonic clarity. This debut CD from the Epiphoni Consort establishes their own credentials in this music as well as enhancing Bednall’s with the inclusion of some of his secular settings. The Consort and their director Tim Reader present a well-balanced programme that not only reflects Bednall’s debt to the English heritage of Howells, Finzi and Vaughan Williams but also to the harmonic language of figures such as Duruflé and Messaien. The group is certainly equal to the demands of Bednall’s music, with a bright, well-produced sound, though occasionally the sopranos and tenors can sound a little under pressure.

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