Nottingham Evening Post

This is, by and large, easy-on-the ear mood music. Jonathan Richards’ pieces have undeniable appeal. Tracks 1-10, headed “Spanish Romance”, range from Torroba’s Castle of Spain to transcriptions of Granados’s poetic Waltzes. “From Russia with Love” (tracks 11-14) features two Russian composers, Yuri Smirnov and Yevgeny Larichev, as well as Segovia’s arrangement of a Prelude by Scriabin.

Richards also demonstrates his affection for Victorian tunesmiths and their successors, starting with Forever by late 19th-century guitarist Ernest Shand. The remaining tracks consist of well-known melodies like Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, again transcribed by Segovia. Other classical gems are JK Mertz’s item from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Carlos Boell’s Chopin arrangement and Tarrega’s version of Mendelssohn’s Venetian Gondola Song without words. ***