'Divertimento' reviews

‘… a piece which lengthens the list of splendid British music for strings … there’s no denying the skill, industry and imagination that went into its making, not to mention the quality of its ingredients.’
The Boston Globe (Richard Dyer), 5 August 1991
 
‘The work’s harmonic world is also explored with professional confidence, if also sometimes with quirkiness, the style being one of a tonality extended far enough to stop anyone worrying whether key centres are in sight or not … and ends with one of Matthews’s most striking inventions: a line which begins at the bottom of one of the cellos and then quickly stirs itself, gathering in octaves all the other instruments before the final chord …’
The Times (Paul Griffiths), 24 June 1982

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