Suzanne Shulman: Serenades and Sonatas for Flute and Harp

review serenades x1 cong

This programme has been gathered from a selection of pieces inspired by English gardens, including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, as well as French and Italian music.

It’s a nice touch of spring as winter approaches. The opening piece is Fantasia on Greensleeves, which sets the tone. We’d say pastoral rather than fluffy, though it’s all dreamy and undemanding; it’s a shame they stopped making Last Of The Summer Wine as there’s endless music to lift from here to play as Compo and Clegg wander the country lanes.

For pub quiz fans, Nino Rota is included with his Sonata for Flute and Harp but he also wrote the score for the first two Godfather films, receiving the Academy Award for best original score for Part II. Part of Paul Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite is also used by Antiques Roadshow (it doesn’t leap out, even for fans of the show).

Very listener-friendly, it’s music to play while reading Jane Austen and sipping tea.

Out on Naxos, 8573947

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