Of the Suite Anitque
John Rutter is now regarded as one of the most important and most popular composers of choral and church music. The flute music of the 18th Century is the source of inspiration for the Suite Antique. In 1979 he heard the fifth Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Cookham Festival. This inspired him to write a composition "in the old style". First, a version was written for flute, harpsichord and strings. Later, Rutter arranged if for Flute and Keyboard. The baroque spirit, spiced with some French influence and a "touch of jazz", can be clearly heard.
Piano: Swetlana Emeljanowa