New York Philharmonic This Week

Airs Thursday at 9 pm on WQXR.

The two-hour radio program, which is broadcast and syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year by the WFMT Radio Network, represents virtually the Orchestra’s entire 2013-14 season. It includes interviews with Philharmonic musicians, guest artists, and conductors. The additional 13 weeks of broadcasts, which will air during the summer months, will draw on the Philharmonic’s extensive library of commercial recordings.

The broadcasts are produced and syndicated to 290 outlets nationwide by the WFMT Radio Network.

The New York Philharmonic’s first live national radio broadcast took place on October 5, 1930, over the CBS radio network. On that Sunday, Erich Kleiber was on the podium leading the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since that historic broadcast, the Philharmonic has enjoyed an almost continuous presence on national radio. Advancing its role as a media pioneer, the Philharmonic, since 2002, has shared its radio broadcast with a worldwide audience through its Website,

The New York Philharmonic This Week is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic’s corporate partner, MetLife Foundation.

Archival Recordings

Thursday, May 05, 2011

From the New York Philharmonic this week: a retrospective of New York Philharmonic recordings conducted by Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, and Kurt Masur.


Masur Conducts Liszt, Gubaidulina, and Brahms

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Philharmonic violists Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca Young reprise the premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's Two Paths with conductor Kurt Mazur. Liszt's Les Préludes and Brahms's Symphony No. 1 round out the program.


Esa-Pekka Salonen and Marino Formenti

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Philharmonic's Hungarian Echoes Festival brings conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the music of Haydn, Bartók, and Ligeti to Avery Fisher Hall. Bonus: Watch a special Hungarian Echoes preview in The Greene Space.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter and Michael Tilson Thomas

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tonight, resident violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for the New York premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's In Tempus Praesens. Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky complete the program.

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Hungarian Echoes

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Hungarian Echoes Festival continues with pianist Olli Mustonen, and the Women of the New York Choral Artists performing the works of Hungarians Haydn, Bartok, and Ligeti.


Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The New York Philharmonic's Hungarian Echoes Festival brings conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the music of Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti to Avery Fisher Hall


Special Highlights from the Archives

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tonight, the Philharmonic delves into its vast recording archive to present some of recordings of music from Spain and Latin America. Hear Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat and El Amor Brujo, plus works by Ponce and Chavez.

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Daniel Harding Conducts Mahler's Fourth

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Before conductor Daniel Harding's trip to the disaster-ravaged land of Japan for an engagement with the New Japan Philharmonic, he took up the baton with the New York Philharmonic.


Janine Jansen and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One of the top-downloaded classical artists in iTunes on several occasions, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen joins the Philharmonic tonight for a pairing of Beethoven and Britten. Paavo Järvi conducts.

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Branford Marsalis Plays Glazunov and Schulhoff

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis has been making the rounds with symphony orchestras this season, including a recent series of dates with the New York Philharmonic. In this week's broadcast, he presents music by Glazunov and Schulhoff.

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Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony

Thursday, February 24, 2011

As milestone birthdays go, turning 30 can be tough. But it's also an age of possibility on the concert stage. Joining the Philharmonic is Andris Nelsons, the 32-year-old Latvian conductor and Jonathan Biss, the 30-year-old soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto. No. 3.

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Lang Lang Plays Tchaikovsky

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The confetti and balloons have long since been cleared away, but you can relive the festivity of New Year's Eve in this week's broadcast. Alan Gilbert conducts Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lang Lang, plus the magical second act of The Nutcracker.

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Karita Mattila Sings Sibelius and Beethoven

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila joins music director Alan Gilbert in Beethoven's virtuosic aria Ah! Perfido and three songs by her countryman Jean Sibelius. Also on tap are symphonies by Nielsen and Beethoven.

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From the Philharmonic Recording Archives

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Taking a break from the weekly concert broadcasts, this week's show comprises recordings from the New York Philharmonic's archives.


Bronfman Plays Brahms

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Russian powerhouse Yefim Bronfman is the go-to pianist for mega-concertos of the late Romantic variety. On this week's broadcast he is the soloist in the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Mozart, Mahler and a Thomas Adès Premiere

Thursday, January 20, 2011

On this week's broadcast, Alan Gilbert conducts Thomas Adès's In Seven Days, a "Concerto for Piano with Moving Image."


Boléro, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius

Thursday, January 13, 2011

On tap this week is Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, featuring Philharmonic soloists, Ravel’s Bolero, Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, a pair of Tchaikovsky favorites, and Sibelius's Valse triste.

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Elgar and Mozart

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Conductor Sir Colin Davis is 83; violinist Nikolaj Zdnaider is 35. Yet despite having more than two generations between them, the two artists find unique common ground this week in Elgar's Violin Concerto.


From the Philharmonic Recording Archives

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Taking a break from the weekly concert broadcasts, this week's show comprises recordings from the New York Philharmonic's archives. A special focus on 20th-century American works is on tap.


Handel's Messiah

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Handel’s Messiah is a December tradition at the Philharmonic. Under the direction of Bernard Labadie, the orchestra strikes a middle ground between period-performance rigor and the more rounded, heavier sound of a modern orchestra.