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ELEGY - 20th century British guitar music

Two of the finest modern works for guitar - John Tavener’s “Chant” and Alan Rawsthorne’s “Elegy” which, with Terence Croucher’s piece of the same name gives the title to this collection - appear with music from several of Britain’s most accomplished composers for the instrument. Jonathan’s fourth recording, and his first for Divine Art,  presents works with which he has a special affinity and demonstrates why these compositions deserve a wider audience. This recording has been kindly supported by the Rawsthorne Trust.

Our recording of John Tavener’s “Chant” from this CD was chosen to feature in a new 2CD set issued by Naxos in January 2004.  Called “Portrait of John Tavener”, the CD number is 8.558160-61.
Jonathan Richards plays his own arrangements of music by J S Bach: "Sarabande" - ddv 24115
and gorgeous romantic pieces "Forever" ddv 24119

CD DURATION:  64:57 

AUDIO SAMPLE: "Mockery" (Mosaic no.5) by John R. Williamson







J. Richards:   Five Mini-Preludes;  
Two Interludes*;  Primitive Rites*;
Two Nocturnes
C. Tommis:    Prelude no. 5  - Mel Wefus*
J. R. Williamson:   Three Mosaics (nos. 1,3,5)*
G. Biberian:   Two Haiku (nos. 1 and 6)**
T. Harrison:   Nova Antiqua* ;  The Face that launched a thousand ships*
J. Tavener:   Chant
T. Croucher:    Six Preludes* ; The Little Boat*;  Elegy
A. Rawsthorne:   Elegy

*only available recording (in the UK) **only available recording on CD

review extracts: for full reviews click here
"A really impressive performance for rhythmic precision and dynamics...The two "Elegies" and "Mel Wefus" are unforgettable" - Just Classical Guitar (Italy)
"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
"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" - Gramophone
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." - William Zagorsky (Fanfare)
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 (UK)