'Structurally, Matthews should have called the piece Visions and a Journey: the ‘visions’ are brief passages, three in number, which affect the course of the ‘journey’ the music takes over its 20-minute duration.  It opens with a bright, scherzando gesture which swiftly disappears behind an expansive Sibelian landscape, solemn and strong… A Vision and a Journey confirms David Matthews’s standing as one of Britain’s most important composers for the orchestra'
Tempo (Martin Anderson), April 2004