||DAVID BEDNALL - Stabat Mater - Marian Suite - Jennifer Pike (Violin) -
David Bednall (Organ) - Benenden Chapel Choir - Edward Whiting (Director) - 802561048121 - Released: July 2016 - Regent REGCD481|
For a choral work just premièred in 2015, David Bednall's setting of the Stabat Mater certainly seems to reach back through many centuries
for its inspiration, conception and character. The text dates back to the 13th century and is full of powerfully dramatic and passionate meaning and imagery. Bednall sets the tone immediately
with an emotionally charged Prelude, scored only for violin and organ. But don't let that fool you. It's impact is profound enough to leave scars and haunt your soul.
Violinist Jennifer Pike plays a crucial role in its effect, with a reading that is passionate, emotive and highly evocative. Add the fact that recording engineer Gary Cole
achieves perfect balance between the violin and the pipe organ, even when it is going full stops, and the sound alone is enough to grab your full attention. And when the 30 girls voices of the
Benenden Chapel Choir make their entrance during the Stabat mater dolorosa that follows, is when you feel the power of the writing pull you back over
many centuries, and evoke ancient times and the hallowed sanctity of it all.