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String Trio No.1, Op.48

Category Chamber Music > Instrumental - Strings
Composed 1989
Duration (approx) 11 minutes

Violin, viola, cello

Recording(s) Winter Passions
Publisher Faber Music

Nash Ensemble with financial assistance from IBM UK Ltd.

First performance 9 December 1989
Venue Wigmore Hall, London
Orchestra / Ensemble Nash Ensemble
Review Richard Morrison, The Times, 11 December 1989

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.