BBC Music Magazine

Jonathan Richards is a talented player and his recording is less “up front”, more tasteful, than [a new recording by Feeley]. He plays a good deal of his own music, whose style is hardly at the cutting edge. The best pieces are probably the most lively rhythmically, such as the Prelude no 5. The various other miniatures are pleasant enough, but the pieces by John Tavener and Alan Rawsthorne demand our attention. Tavener’s Chant, his only guitar composition, atmospherically evokes a Greek landscape. Rawsthorne’s Elegy was commissioned (and in the event, completed) by Julian Bream, and Richards performs it with remarkable concentration, maintaining the tragic mood **** (for both performance and sound)

—Terry Barfoot