"An enterprising collection of almost completely unknown pieces which has to be applauded for its refusal to play to the crowd and just be a collection of audience-pleasers… the Tavener and the concluding Rawsthorne both receive committed performances, the Tavener in particular having many winning moments… the playing and recording are clear and vibrant"
Classical Guitar Magazine
"Richards’s technical ability is faultless and always squarely at the service of the music at hand. This all adds up to a quite special 65 minutes that are at once an eloquent homage to the guitar and that transcend considerations of time, place and genre."
"The pieces by Tavener and Rawsthorne demand our attention. Richards performs [Elegy] with remarkable concentration" - ****
BBC Music Magazine
"Terence Croucher’s Elegy is particularly fine… I derived most pleasure from John Tavener’s hypnotic Chant and Alan Rawsthorne’s meaty Elegy of 1971. Highly accomplished performances, one and all"
"A fine guitar collection...a recording that catches every tonal nuance of the instrument...on all counts, content, recording and performance, this CD is highly recommended"
British Music Society Newsletter
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