Let me set this review in context. I like music but I am no expert. And I am not so keen on vocal music, especially opera. I came to this disc through unusual circumstances.
That said, I find that I have bought one of the few operas that I can sit through and enjoy.
Blodwen has been dismissed by `experts' as a pastiche of older styles, and it has been remarked that it is full of hymn tunes. So what? They were good styles, that's why Parry used them, and he wove good tunes into them. And saying that Parry is full of hymn tunes is like saying that Shakespeare is full of quotations. (No, I'm not comparing Parry to Shakespeare!)
The material is done full justice by the performance. The singers and the Menai Festival Orchestra (and the recording) are all excellent.
The booklet contains a discussion of the opera and the text of the libretto, in Welsh, of which I know not a word. Only an abridged version of the former, and none of the latter, are given in English, but a synopsis of the plot is given in both languages. The track listing is in Welsh only, with no timings -- if you want these, you will have to read the CD track list on your computer.
Apart from these niggles with the packaging, I am very pleased with this disc. It was a very lucky accident that led me to it.