Press Reviews


His playing is intense, sharp and powerfully rhythmic. All Music Guide USA
…the brilliant Richard Lester vitalized his playing of sonatas by Scarlatti and Soler. Daily Telegraph
…virile and crystalline playing. Records and Recording
Revealing light on an attractive oeuvre. The Gramophone
A brilliant and splendid recital… very exciting Hi-Fi News
A virtuoso player bringing great understanding and artistry on a beautifully assertive instrument. Harpsichord and Fortepiano


…passion, sweep and excitement. Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio Three

CD Review

Lester punctuates Haydn’s well-defined sonata forms with sharp little flourishes at the sectional junctures, and in the slow movements, where sustained, natural Italianate melody is made to seem perfectly comfortable on the fortepiano keyboard.. musically persuasive all the way through. Dilettante
Spectacular repertoire, spectacularly well played – a landmark series Musicweb International
Lovingly prepared, scholarly performances…. consistently impressive. He scores memorable successes in some of Scarlatti’s most syntactically uncomfortable sonatas. K.157 is a marvellous example. Fortepiano playing in K.418 is magically gallant, giving literally hundreds of pieces their first really convincing performances. Eighteenth Century Music Magazine
…amongst the greatest Scarlatti players of this or any other time. International Piano Magazine
Hugely interesting and enjoyable. International record review
An extremely formidable player George Malcolm
After hearing Lester play at Dartington, the famous Spanish/American harpsichord virtuoso Fernando Valenti famously quipped I think I’ll give up and go sell ice-creams for a living. Fernando Valenti