Music Matters on WAYO 104.3 FM

archived shows 

[reverse-chronological, additional episodes here, more forthcoming]

from my tenure as co-producer and co-host

December 2015 - April 2017

(with thanks to Nick Morandi for cataloguing them!)

Please allow time for embedded streams to load; click each episode title to open a new tab with comprehensive track listing and artist credits on Mixcloud.

American Iconoclast Conlon Nancarrow, week 1 (of 2, second archived here)

Co-host: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez

Music:  Study No. 6 for player piano on Bösendorfer grand with Ampico mechanism, restored by Jörg Borchardt

                Siete piezas canónicas (a.k.a. Studies no. 13 - 19 for player piano)

                Piece No. 1 for Small Orchestra

                 Study no. 48c for Two Player Pianos (reproduced on Nancarrow's uprights, synchronized digitally)

Gérard Grisey's Last Work

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson

Music:  Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, for soprano and fifteen instruments

                Prélude; I - La mort de l'ange

                Interlude; II - La mort de la civilization

                                    III - La mort de la voix

                Faux Interlude; IV - La mort de l'humanité

                Berceuse

Performers: Catherine Dubosc, soprano; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

György Ligeti's Piano Études

Co-hosts: Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson

Music: Piano Études, Book 1, Nos. 1-3 - Désordre, Cordes à vide, & Touches bloquées

              Piano Études, Book 1, Nos. 4-6 - Fanfares, Arc-en-ciel, & Automne à Varsovie

              Piano Études, Book 2, Nos. 7-10 - Galumb Borong, Fém, Vertige, & Der Zauberlehrling

              Piano Études, Book 2, Nos. 11-14 - En suspens, Entrelacs, L’Escalier du diable, & Columna infinita (incomplete)

Performer: Thomas Hell, piano

Eastman Alumni Ensembles

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

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

               String Quartet No. 2 by György Ligeti

Performers: Mivos Quartet; JACK Quartet 

Guest composer: Oliver Schneller

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music: Kagura for flute and chamber orchestra

              Underground River for piano and electronics

              Wu Xing/Water for large orchestra

Performers: Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, cond. Baldur Brönnimann; Heather O'Donnell, piano;

                        Orchestre National de France, cond. Ilan Volkov

Guest composer: Oliver Schneller

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music: Kagura for flute and chamber orchestra

              Underground River for piano and electronics

              Wu Xing/Water for large orchestra

Performers: Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, cond. Baldur Brönnimann; Heather O'Donnell, piano;

                        Orchestre National de France, cond. Ilan Volkov

Musical Surprises

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

Music/Performers: withheld for the sake of "surprise;" listen directly or take link above for spoilers.

Luciano Berio's Sinfonia

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

Music: "O King"

                Sinfonia, mvts 1 - 3 

                Sinfonia, mvts 4 - 5 (mvt 5 incomplete)

Performers: Eastman Music Nova, cond. Edo Frenkel; New Swingle Singers, Orchestre National de France, cond. Pierre Boulez

Folk-Inspired Modernism

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

Music/Performers: Five Songs by Witold Lutosławski 

                                      Paulina Swierczek, soprano; Wei-Han Wu, piano

                                      Six Turkish Folk Poems by Theo Loevendie (b. 1930)

                                      Rosemary Hardy, soprano; Nieuw Ensemble, cond. Ed Spanjaard

                                      Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel [With Pipes, Drums, and Fiddles] by György Ligeti 

                                      Katalin Károlyi, mezzo-soprano; Amadinda Percussion Group

Steven Stucky in Memoriam

Co-hosts: Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music/Performers: Boston Fancies

                                      Ensemble X, cond. Steven Stucky

                                      Second Concerto for Orchestra

                                            I: Overture with Friends

                                            II: Variations

                                            III: Finale

                                      Singapore Symphony Orchestra, cond. Lan Suit

                                      Funeral Music for Queen Mary, after Henry Purcell

                                      New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, cond. Frank L. Battisti

"Clazzical" Music

Co-hosts: Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

Music/Performers: Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky 

                                      Michel Arrignon, clarinet; Ensemble InterContemporain, cond. Pierre Boulez

                                      On Winged Flight: A Divertimento for Band by Gunther Schuller

                                                I: Prelude

                                                II: Pastorale

                                                III: Nocturne

                                                IV: Scherzo

                                                V: Parody

                                      Baylor University Wind Ensemble, cond. Michael L. Haithcock

                                      Jazz Clarinet Concerto by Henry Brant

                                      Jacques Mertins, clarinet; Netherlands Wind Ensemble, cond. Werner Herbers

                                      Pit Band by William Albright

                                      Taimur Sullivan, alto saxophone; Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet; Marilyn Nonken, piano

The Spatial Music of Henry Brant

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

Music: Ghosts & Gargoyles: Spatial Soliloquies

               Robert Aitken and the New York Flute Club

               Antiphony I

               New York Philharmonic, with spoken introduction by Leonard Bernstein

Guest composer: Aristéa Mellos (organizer of the Ritsos Project)

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

Music: Bear Dance by Daniel Pesca

               I am sinking in a sea of copper ships by Zach Sheets

               Down the Moon's Marbel Well by David Clay Mettens

              Suddenly by Aristéa Mellos

              Starlit Cigarette by Christopher Chandler

Performers: The Ritsos Project Ensemble on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 

                         Sophia Burgos, soprano; Emlyn Johnson, flute; Daniel Pesca, piano on track 4     

Guest composer: Amy Williams

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi; pre-recorded segment by Alex Stephenson

Music: Cineshape 2

               Richter Textures (in seven movements)

               Falling

Performers: Amy Williams, piano; JACK Quartet

Guest composer: Aaron Jay Kernis

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Nick Morandi

Music: Colored Field - II: Pandora Dance

                   Truls Mørk, cello; Minnesota Orchestra, cond. Eji Oue

               Musica celestis (for string orchestra)

                    Minnesota Orchestra, cond. Eji Oue

               Newly Drawn Sky

                    Grant Park Orchestra, cond. Carlos Kalmar

Music and the Modern Metropolis

Co-host: Nick Morandi

Music: Concerto for Orchestra by Elliot Carter

               in four movements played continuously - 

                    I: Allegro; II: Presto volando; III: Maestoso; IV: Allegro Agitato

                        London Sinfonietta, cond. Oliver Knussen

                Amériques (original version, 1921) by Edgard Varèse

                Ionisation (ibid.)

                    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee

New and Old, week 2

Co-hosts: Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music/Performers: O Clarissima by Alex Stephenson

                                            Waibun Chan, viola; Dylan Perez, piano

                                      Prism, mvt 2 by Jacob Druckman

                                            New York Philharmonic, cond. Zubin Mehta

                                      Giovine vagha i'non senti by David Liptak

                                            Ann Harrow, flute; Ramon Ricker, clarinet; Jeff Thayer, violin; Christopher Hutton, cello; 

                                            Mathias Trapp, piano; Yasuko Miyamoto, marimba

                                      Chaconne by Daniel Pesca

                                            Tigran Vardanyan, violin; Melissa Matson, viola; Ahrim Kim, cello; Daniel Pesca, harpsichord

                                      Sudden Time (excerpt) by George Benjamin

                                            London Philharmonic, cond. George Benjamin

New and Old, week 1

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music: Piano Quartet in g minor (mvt. 4) by Johannes Brahms, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg

               Rendering (mvt 1) by Luciano Berio

               Le Voce Sottovetro by Salvatore Sciarrino

               Music for Renaissance Instruments (excerpt) by Mauricio Kagel

Guest composers: Jo Kondo, John Liberatore

Co-hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Nick Morandi

Music: An Elder's Hocket, Three Songs of the Elderberry Tree, Isthmus by Jo Kondo; 

              "this living air" (mvt. 1)  by John Liberatore

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