A Country Suite (includes The Landscape)
Fiona Bennett

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Bennett's music is tangled up with the countryside in a gorgeous way

Taking the open fields and chocolate-box villages of the British countryside as her starting point, Bennett weaves an attractive musical tapestry.

The Landscape is the opening movement of a larger work entitled 'A Country Suite', all of which is inextricably linked to her life in the countryside. What's more, she's a massive fan of period drama — so there's an inevitable air of John Lunn's Downton Abbey music about much of the suite.

But if you're able to look past the influences, there's a wealth of nagging melody to discover here — lilting, circulating tunes that Einaudi would be satisfied with, delicate accompaniments and evocative musical pictures all jostle for attention.