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, nyphil.org.

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Colin Davis conducts Beethoven and Mahler

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Veteran conductor Sir Colin Davis leads the Philharmonic in works by Beethoven and Mahler, featuring Dorothea Röschmann in her Philharmonic debut and tenor Ian Bostridge.

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Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Stravinsky's Firebird

Thursday, December 09, 2010

On this week's broadcast, the veteran Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leads the Philharmonic in a program of blockbuster fare by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Glinka.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter recently kicked off a residency with the Philharmonic in a program pairing Mozart violin concertos with a world premiere by German composer Wolfgang Rihm. It's tonight's broadcast.

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Mendelssohn's Elijah

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic, together with the New York Choral Artists, in a performance of Mendelssohn's grand oratorio Elijah as part of a tribute to Dimitri Mitropoulos, the orchestra's music director from 1949 to 1958.

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Magnus Lindberg's Kraft

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tonight's broadcast features one of the most attention-getting pieces of the fall season: Magnus Lindberg's Kraft. The 1985 work features an arsenal of noise-making instruments, all picked up from a Staten Island junkyard.

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Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On this week's broadcast, Alan Gilbert conducts Webern's rich-textured Passacaglia and two endlessly popular works by Brahms: his Symphony No. 4 and the Violin Concerto, the latter featuring soloist Pinchas Zukerman.

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A Tribute to Mitropoulos

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Greek conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos had a nearly decade-long association with the New York Philharmonic during the post-World War II era. This week's broadcast features several archival recordings from that period.

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Gilbert Conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tonight, the Philharmonic shows off its Russian credentials with two late Romantic favorites: Tchaikovsky's Variations on A Rococo Theme, and Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony.

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Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tonight's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features a single, epic piece: Mahler's Sixth Symphony. Composed from 1903-05, this tour de force for virtuoso orchestra speaks a powerful language never heard before that time.

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Perlman Performs Mendelssohn

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Last month, just days after the New York Philharmonic announced Itzhak Perlman was joining its board of directors, the famed violinist appeared with the orchestra in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. This week's broadcast features that performance. 

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Mozart, Wagner and a Virtuoso Trumpet Concerto

Thursday, September 30, 2010

On this week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert explores links between Mozart, Wagner, H.K. Gruber, whose theatrical trumpet concerto features the soloist Håkan Hardenberger.

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Season Finale: Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alan Gilbert brings to a close his first season as the New York Philharmonic’s music director with a program that, like his season-opening concert, distinctly blends old and new. Thursday at 9 p.m.

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Susan Graham & Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, a specialist in French repertory, recently returned to the New York Philharmonic for performances that included Chausson's song sequence Poème de l'amour et de la mer and Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3.

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Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In what is undoubtedly a signature event of his first season as music director, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of György Ligeti's outrageous and absurdist opera Le Grand Macabre. Premiered in Stockholm in 1978, the opera has received numerous stagings throughout Europe but only one in the U.S., in San Francisco in 2004. The Philharmonic's production features a cast of 11 soloists and the New York Choral Artists with direction and design by Douglas Fitch and production by Edouard Getaz.

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Masur Conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

Thursday, June 03, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic marks a homecoming for Kurt Masur, the German maestro who for eleven years served as music director of the orchestra.

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