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With six CDs available devoted to Bednall’s choral music, it is now good to see Regent spotlight his organ works. The works span Bednall’s compositional career to date, from the romantic idyll Adagio for Organ to a 23-minute Triptych in Honour of Herbert Howells especially written for the recording. Bednall’s style is a highly successful fusion of the English school of Howells and Leighton with the mysticism and drama of French organists of the 20th century. The Blackburn Cathedral organ is the perfect vehicle for this mélange and, in the hands of Paul Walton and recording engineer Gary Cole, Bednall’s music really sings and dances. Walton revels in this music, from the boisterous and extrovert drama of several toccatas to some sublime meditations.

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