News

March 11, 2016
Commercial release of Broken Cycles

Recorded by Stacey Jones-Garrison and Brad Blackham on the CD Ripples on Navona Records.

January 1, 2015
Commercial release of Mathew Fuerst: Music for violin and piano

Recording of all works for violin and piano performed by Jasper Wood and David Riley. Also included on the CD: The Drift of Things performed by Mathew Fuerst.

March 25, 2014
Commercial release of Symphony

Recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Petr Vronsky on the CD Polarities released by Navona Records.

August, 2011
3rd Prize, 2nd Annual Antonin Dvorak International Composition Competition

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Press

New York Classical Review on the String Quartet Nos. 1 and 2

"Fuerst’s music stood out for its focus, direct communication, and force. Each of his quartets opens explosively: with hammered, syncopated dissonant chords reminiscent of John Adams’ Harmonielehre in String Quartet No. 1, and a gripping frenzy of rising arpeggios to begin Quartet No. 2. From there, each goes in the same direction, from high dynamics and energy to quieter and sparser music."

The energy of the openings was like an announcement, and the discipline of form and structure that followed was impressive. Fuerst gets a lot out of simple sectional contrasts, and where the First Quartet builds a satisfying form alternating strong and soft music, the Second Quartet does the same, but in a better, more convincing way. Bolder, more confident, more colorful, the internal shape of the Second is also more exciting. After the opening, the music describes a cone, with the small, quiet point at the left expanding to the right into a involving mass of sound and activity.
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Strad Magazine (Sept., 2015) on the Violin Sonata No. 3

"Wood closed the evening with Mathew Fuerst's Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano (2011), with the superb David Riley as his collaborator. (The duo released a recording of Fuerst's violin and piano works last January.) Opening with high harmonic tremolos, the first movement is brittle and austere. The legato second movement 'Liebeslied (for Rachel), showed off the feathery resonance of Wood's 1914 Scarampella violin. The finale, marked 'Moto perpetuo', emphasised the 'moto' with aggressive double-stops and frantic bowing, and provoked cheers from the Bargemusic audience."

Alex Ross of The New Yorker on Clarinet Quartet

"Mathew Fuerst so vigorously controls his material that it never verges on the sentimental. His Clarinet Quartet…culminates in a heartfelt eight-note figure that yearns to answer Ives' Unanswered Question."

Andrew Druckenbrod of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the Clarinet Quartet

"Mathew Fuerst's Clarinet Quartet was a gem of a work."

Mark Kanny of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the Clarinet Quartet

"Mathew Fuerst's Clarinet Quartet lasted but eight minutes, but it was filled to perfection."

Twelve pieces, three continents: living the composer's dream

The Collegian - Feb., 2010.
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Mathew Fuerst Named MCCE's New Composer-in-Residence

Staten Island News - Jan., 2007. Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.
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On With the New!

ArtsJournal - May, 2005. New York City Ballet / New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC
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