New Classics

Jonathan Richards was born in 1964 and started learning the guitar at the age of eight. Since graduating from Trinity College, London, he has been active as a guitar teacher, concert performer and recording artist, as well as composing prolifically for the guitar. His extensive repertoire includes much of the standard literature of the instrument, from the baroque works of Bach, Rameau and Weiss, through the classical period exemplified by Sor and Diabelli, and the Romantic output of composers such as Mendelssohn, as well as Spanish and South American music by Albeniz, Barrios, Falla, Granados, Llobet, Mompou and Villa-Lobos. He has also championed new and unusual music, giving world premières of works by Judith Bingham, Terence Croucher, John Franklin and John Williamson. This delightful new album features a selection of Jonathan Richards’ own transcriptions for guitar of works originally written by J S Bach for lute, violin, cello or keyboard. He plays these timeless masterpieces with grace and passion, creating music that takes the listener to a peaceful haven far from the hectic pace of life. The recording was made in the music room at Shute House and recreates the ambience of a country house recital, complete with occasional sounds of songbirds in the garden.

—John Pitt