Elegy – 20th century British Guitar Music

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Catalogue No: DDA 25008
EAN/UPC: 5028117500829
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Release Date: June 1998
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 64:57
Sample: "Mockery" (Mosaic no.5) by John R. Williamson

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” on DDV 24115 and gorgeous romantic pieces on “Forever” DDV 24119.

Track Listing

    Jonathan Richards:

  1. I. Mini-Preludes − No. 1 (2:02)
  2. II. Mini-Preludes − No. 2 (0:29)
  3. III. Mini-Preludes − No. 3 (2:44)
  4. IV. Mini-Preludes − No. 4 (0:23)
  5. V. Mini-Preludes − No. 5 (1:17)
  6. I. Interludes − No. 1 (2:02)
  7. II. Interludes − No. 2 (2:11)
  8. Primitive Rites (2:47)
  9. I. Nocturnes − No. 1 (3:12)
  10. II. Nocturnes − No. 2 (2:11)
  11. Colin Tommis:

  12. Mel Wefus (prelude no. 5 (4:46)
  13. John Ramsden Williamson:

  14. I. Mosaics − No. 1 – Lament (1:24)
  15. II. Mosaics − No. 3 – Breathless (0:45)
  16. III. Mosaics − No. 5 – Mockery (0:47)
  17. Gilbert Biberian:

  18. I. Haiku − No. 1 (1:27)
  19. II. Haiku − No. 6 (1:40)
  20. Timothy Harrison:

  21. Nova Antiqua (1:38)
  22. The Face that Launched a thousand Ships (2:36)
  23. John Tavener:

  24. Chant for Guitar (11:05)
  25. Terence Croucher:

  26. I. Six Preludes − No. 1 (0:49)
  27. II. Six Preludes − No. 2 (0:50)
  28. III. Six Preludes − No. 3 (0:27)
  29. IV. Six Preludes − No. 4 (0:31)
  30. V. Six Preludes − No. 5 (0:38)
  31. VI. Six Preludes − No. 6 (0:57)
  32. The Little Boat (1:22)
  33. Elegy (5:44)
  34. Alan Rawsthorne:

  35. Elegy (9:09)

Reviews

Gramophone

Highly accomplished performances, one and all

” —Andrew Achenbach
Fanfare

All the composers on this compilation ably uphold the English plucked-string tradition…….Richards’ contribution is in the form of a clutch of lovingly crafted musical miniatures, harmonically satisfying distillates that take one deeply into the fundamental elements of music. I found the third of Richards’ Mini-Preludes particularly satisfying in its Duartian subtlety. These are tiny aphoristic […]

” —William Zagorsky
Classical Guitar Magazine

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…

British Music Society

On all counts this CD is highly recommended

” —Andrew Seivewright
MusicWeb

A very enjoyable disc that will definitely be worth revisiting; the guitarist conveys his own personality, the overall quality of the recording is good and on the whole the material presented is a breath of fresh air

” —Andy Daly
BBC Music Magazine

Richards is a talented player and performs with remarkable concentration. Recording and Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Terry Barfoot
Northern Echo

Guitarist Jonathan Richards includes four of his own pieces in this interesting disc that was recorded in All Saints’ Church, Ingleby Arncliffe. The most substantial pieces on the disc are Alan Raswthorne’s Elegy and John Tavener’s only work for guitar so far, Chant, that beautifully evokes the Byzantine spirit and landscape of Greece. Both are […]

” —David Robson
Just Classical Guitar

Elegy and Mel Wefus are unforgettable