Music Matters

Hosts Nick Morandi and Danny Hansen, from the Eastman School of Music Composition Department, curate, present, and discuss new music by 20th and 21st century composers, as well as music by ESM-affiliated composers.


Alumni Hosts: Diana Rosenblum, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Jake Bellissimo, Jasmine Thomasian

Past Episodes

  • 5/4/2016 - Eastman Alumni Ensembles Aired: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Diana Rosenblum, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

    This week, we feature two ensembles that formed during their time at Eastman: Mivos Quartet and JACK Quartet, playing works by Alex Mincek and György Ligeti.


    String Quartet No. 3: Lift, Tilt, Filter, Split, by Alex Mincek
    Performers: Mivos Quartet

    String Quartet No. 2, by György Ligeti
    Performers: JACK Quartet

  • 4/27/2016 - Guest composer and ESM faculty member Oliver Schneller Aired: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Alex Stephenson, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, our guest is the wonderful composer and Eastman composition faculty member Oliver Schneller. He also serves as director of the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS). We have a wonderful discussion about his influences and creative process!

    For more by Prof. Schneller, please visit his website:


  • 4/20/2016 - Works for Sinfonietta by MM Hosts! Aired: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Alex Stephenson, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, works for Sinfonietta (mostly) by the Music Matters Hosts!

  • 4/13/2016 - Musical Surprises! Aired: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, the hosts present Musical Surprises!


    *Spoiler alert! Don't read the track listing if you want to be surprised!*

    Coursing, by Oliver Knussen (1952-2018) (chosen by Alex Stephenson)
    London Sinfonietta, conducted by Oliver Knussen

    Sensemayá, by Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940) (chosen by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez)
    New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted Eduardo Mata

  • 4/6/16 - Luciano Berio's "Sinfonia" Aired: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, we present Berio's (1925-2003) seminal work Sinfonia, along with an early version of the second movement, "O King," performed by Eastman's own Musica Nova.


    “O King” (@ 15:15)
    Performers: Eastman Musica Nova, conducted by Edo Frenkel

    Sinfonia mvts. 1-3 (@ 23:14)
    Sinfonia, mvts. 4-5 (@ 48:03) (mvt. 5 incomplete)
    New Swingle Singers, Orchestre National de France, conducted by Pierre Boulez

  • 3/30/2016 - Folk-Inspired Modernism Aired: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    This week, Music Matters brings you three wonderful song cycles by modernist composers inspired by folk poetry and literature.


    Five Songs, by Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
    Performers: Paulina Swierczek, soprano, and Wei-Han Wu, piano

    Six Turkish Folk Poems, by Theo Loevendie (b. 1930)
    Performers: Rosemary Hardy, soprano, with Nieuw Ensemble, conducted by Ed Spanjaard

  • 3/23/2016 - “El Niño: A Nativity Oratorio” by John Adams Aired: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Hosts: Nick Morandi, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos

    This week, excerpts from American composer John Adams's El Niño.


    Hail Mary, Gracious! (@ 8:11)
    Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Steven Rickards, counter-tenors, and Dawn Upshaw, soprano

    La Annunciacion (@ 12:59)
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano

    For with God Nothing Shall be Impossible (@ 22:34)
    The London Voices

    Joseph’s Dream (@ 25:46)
    Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Steven Rickards, and Willard White, baritone

  • 3/16/2016 - Guest composer Carolyn O'Brien Aired: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

    Guest composer Carolyn O'Brien is in the studio this week!


    Performer: Thomas Snydacker, baritone saxophone

    Ich ruf zu dir (guitar and piano version)
    Performers: Jesse Langen, guitar, and Mabel Kwan, piano

    Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesus Christ (piccolo, bass flute, and toy piano version)
    Performers: Meret Bitticks, piccolo; Shanna Gutierrez, bass flute; and Mabel Kwan, toy piano

  • 3/9/2016 - Steven Stucky In Memoriam Aired: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Hosts: Alex Stephenson, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, music by the late Steven Stucky (1949-2016), in memory of his life and career.


    Boston Fancies
    Performers: Ensemble X, conducted by Steven Stucky

    Second Concerto for Orchestra
    I: Overture with Friends
    II: Variations
    III: Finale
    Performers: Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui

    Funeral Music for Queen Mary, after Henry Purcell
    Performers: New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, conducted by Frank L. Battisti

  • 3/2/2016 - "Clazzical" Music Aired: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Hosts: Nick Morandi, Diana Rosenblum, Aristea Mellos

    This week, we hear works by classical composers that take inspiration from jazz. Pieces by Stravinsky, Schuller, Brant, and Albright.

    Ebony Concerto, by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Performers: Michel Arrignon, clarinet; Ensemble InterContemporain; Pierre Boulez, conductor