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Simon Pearce marks his 20th anniversary as assistant director of music at St Davids Cathedral with an all-Welsh compendium boasting several first recordings. In a recital as fascinating as it is varied, he makes much of the character, contrasts and dynamic range of the IV/54 Harrison & Harrison with its distinctive Father Willis accents. Pearce draws out the Gallic influences in Nicholas Jackson’s brittle and bold Four Images for Organ, Cyril Jenkins’s luminous Dawn and William Matthias’s Antiphonies with subtle aplomb. The Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes by Vaughan Williams (Welsh on his father’s side) are beautifully voiced, Geraint Lewis’s The Minster Rings a rousing finale.

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