The Berlin Philharmonic in Concert

This show returns on March 15, 2016.

The Berlin Philharmonic in Concert is a two-hour radio show featuring music recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin. This exclusive 12-part series, returns to WQXR on consecutive Tuesdays at 9 pm beginning March 15, 2016, and allows listeners a chance to hear the Berlin Philharmonic on its home turf. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, each broadcast includes a complete concert, drawn principally from the current 2015-2016 season.

The Berlin Philharmonic is also offering WQXR listeners a two-day pass to its Digital Concert Hall by using the code "WQXR."

The Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 Boxset is now available for pre-sale order at Arkiv Music, and other Berlin Philharmonic recordings are available for sale on iTunes.

Individual Support for the WQXR Berlin Philharmonic Broadcasts provided by:
Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation
and Daisy M. Soros

Latest Episode / Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Edit This

Rattle Caps Beethoven Cycle with the Ninth

Terrance McKnight hosts exclusive recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and selections from a Holocaust memorial concert. 

Simon Rattle Leads Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 7

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday at 9 pm, Terrance McKnight hosts an exclusive broadcast of the Berlin Philharmonic performing Beethoven's Fourth and Seventh Symphonies.


Rattle Conducts Beethoven's Symphonies No. 6 and No. 8

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On Tuesday at 9 pm, we'll hear the third installment of a complete cycle of Beethoven's Symphonies, performed by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Beethoven Cycle Continues with Symphonies No. 2 and 5

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Simon Rattle continues to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies, exclusively on WQXR.


Rattle Begins Beethoven Cycle with Symphonies No. 1 and 3

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tune in Tuesday at 9 pm as Terrance McKnight hosts this series of exclusive broadcasts of the Berlin Philharmonic. This month features a complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies.


Simon Rattle Conducts Sibelius

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Listen to an exclusive live recording of Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic in Sibelius's Second Symphony.


Bernard Haitink Conducts Mozart and Bruckner

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tune in at 9 pm, as Terrance McKnight hosts an exclusive selection of performances by the Berlin Philharmonic recorded live from their concert hall. 


Kirill Petrenko Conducts Stravinsky, Stephan and Scriabin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday at 9 pm, tune into WQXR's exclusive series with the Berlin Philharmonic to hear performances of the orchestra led by Kirill Petrenko, its incoming chief conductor.


Andris Nelsons Conducts Mahler's Fifth Symphony

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Tune in Tuesday at 9 pm for WQXR's series, featuring exclusive live recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic from its concert hall. This week's episode features Mahler's Symphony No. 5.

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Berlin Takes on the Big Apple

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tune in Tuesday at 9 pm for WQXR's exclusive series with the Berlin Philharmonic. This week, the orchestra presents three works with ties to New York and commemorates Pierre Boulez.


Rattle Leads Brahms Violin Concerto with Tetzlaff

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Berlin Philharmonic and violinist Christian Tetzlaff join to present Brahms's Violin Concerto, led by Simon Rattle; works by Debussy and Enescu round out the program.

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Rattle Rings in the New Year with Anne-Sophie Mutter

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The first episode of a 12-part series, showcasing live performances of the great Berlin Philharmonic and hosted by Terrence McKnight, features the orchestra's New Year's Eve concert.

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The Final Symphonies of Brahms and Schumann

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our 12th and final week of concerts from the Philharmonie ends the way it began: with a symphony by Robert Schumann and one by Johannes Brahms.


Listen: Riccardo Chailly and Martha Argerich Perform Schumann

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On this week's show, hear a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic with Riccardo Chailly conducting Martha Argerich in two works by Schumann.


Alan Gilbert Conducts Nielsen, Mendelssohn and Bach

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alan Gilbert travels to Berlin to lead, among other pieces, Neilsen's craggy Third Symphony.

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A River Runs Through Brahms and Schumann's Third Symphonies

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Simon Rattle conducts the third installment in the Schumann/Brahms symphonic cycle, with the Third Symphonies of both composers.

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Berlin Wall Anniversary: Beethoven's Ninth

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, hear the Berlin Philharmonic's commemorative Berlin Wall concert, in which Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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Rattle Conducts Bach's St. John Passion

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Listen to the archived broadcast of Bach's St. John Passion, a work Simon Rattle calls “full of horror and terror" and "one of the most partisan, most violent pieces ever written.”

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Andris Nelsons Conducts Strauss, Chopin and Mozart

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Boston Symphony music director Andris Nelsons conducts the Berliners in music by Strauss, Chopin and Mozart.


Rattle Conducts Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Berlin Philharmonic's staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion sold out the Park Avenue Armory last month.

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Listen: Brahms and Schumann Second Symphonies

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Berlin Philharmonic performs Schumann's Second Symphony, followed by Brahms's, in this week's broadcast.

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