'David Matthews’s String Trio… packed four elegant movements into ten minutes. The Scherzo was a superb illusion: three instruments sounded like six in the process of pitting frantic off-beat chords against long lines. The jewel was in the slow movement: straight off the English elegy shelf, but beautifully dissolved into vibrato-less chords and harmonics'
The Times (Richard Morrison), 11 December 1989

'David Matthews’s String Trio may only last 10 minutes, but the miniature allegro with which it begins, lyrical and modal like early Tippett, opens out into a substantially argued scherzo and a dark-tinged song… Airily scored, and firmly propelled, the Trio ought to command prime time rather than warm-up position in future programmes'
The Independent (Robert Maycock), 11 December 1989