'String Quartet No 6' reviews

'Two fast movements, the first quite sparse in texture, the last vibrant and optimistic, surround a slow movement in which an unashamedly tonal elegy in memory of the art critic Peter Fuller alternates with more chromatic music of great emotional intensity. A work which deserves to enter the repertoire'
Tempo (Antony Bye), December 1991

'…technically demanding, but musically rewarding, Sixth Quartet. It is rare to find a young quartet championing contemporary works of a non-minimalist stamp, and in this deeply felt work – partly inspired by the death of a friend – Matthews “speaks” in a highly expressive vernacular. In this fine performance it seemed a work to return to often…'
The Sunday Times (Hugh Canning), 13 August 1995

'A wonderful blending of true quartet-writing, adroit provision of opportunities for true quartet-playing and intense, direct emotion'
Tempo (Michael Oliver), July 1995

'…one of Matthews’s finest achievements to date'
Fanfare (USA) (Martin Anderson), May/June 1995

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