He counted Mahler, Sibelius and Korngold among his students, but the neglected pedagogue Robert Fuchs was also a composer of considerable merit. With delicate minuets and scurrying scherzos, the serenades of Fuchs are a delightful find.
It would be too simple to call the British composer's music old school. Matthews writes melodies you can whistle, and his harmonies are reminiscent of musical forebears like Britten and Tippett, but somehow it all comes out compellingly fresh.
Hear the rarely performed orchestral music from the brother-in-law of Jean Sibelius. The Finnish Lahti Symphony, in tender, loving performances, makes a strong case for music that's been out of circulation far too long.