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.

Hampson Performs The Wound Dresser

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On this episode of New York Philharmonic This Week, the orchestra's first artist-in-residence, the baritone Thomas Hampson, performs The Wound Dresser, John Adams' 1988 piece based on Walt Whitman's text of that title.

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Yefim Bronfman plays Prokofiev

Thursday, January 21, 2010

High drama is the order of the day as the New York Philharmonic This Week presents an all-Russian program with works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

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Webern, Mozart and Schumann

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Alan Gilbert surrounds a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A featuring soloist Leif Ove Andsnes with two Webern works and Schumann's Symphony No. 2 on New York Philharmonic This Week.


Marc-André Hamelin plays Rhapsody in Blue

Thursday, January 07, 2010

British conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the New York Philharmonic This Week in an all-American program featuring works by Gershwin and John Phillips Sousa. Thursday, January 7 at 9PM.

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Dohnányi, Dicterow and Phelps

Friday, January 01, 2010

Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi is renowned for his interpretations of mighty 19th-century masterworks. This week he leads the New York Philharmonic in one of the biggest: Bruckner's Symphony No. 4. A special broadcast on January 1, 9PM.

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Gershwin, Copland & Broadway

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The New York Philharmonic celebrates New Year's Eve with a program of American classics, including works by Copland and Gershwin and a selection of Broadway favorites. December 31 at 8PM.


Handel's Messiah

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Helmuth Rilling conducts the New York Philharmonic in a rousing rendition of Handel's classic Messiah, featuring soloists Annette Dasch, Daniel Taylor, James Taylor and Shenyang and the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart.

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Salonen, Ravel & Debussy's La Mer

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Finnish maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen leads The New York Philharmonic in a performance of colorful works by Bartok, Debussy and Ravel, with French pianist David Fray as soloist.


Muti Conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Riccardo Muti, Musical America's 2010 "Musician of the Year," conducts the New York Philharmonic in a program that pairs Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica," with Honegger's rarely performed Symphony No. 2.

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Muti Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Riccardo Muti leads the New York Philharmonic in three tone poems: selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Elgar's In the South, and Liszt's Les Preludes.


Garrick Ohlsson, Haydn & Sibelius

Friday, November 27, 2009

Xian Zhang--formerly the New York Philharmonic's associate conductor--leads the pianist Garrick Ohlsson in Martinu's Piano Concerto No. 4, Incantation; Sibelius's Symphony No. 1; and Haydn's Symphony No. 95.

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Thomas Hampson and Mozart's Prague Symphony

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Neeme Järvi conducts the New York Philharmonic playing Zemlinsky's extravagant Lyric Symphony, featuring Thomas Hampson and Hillevi Martinpelto. The program also includes Beethoven's Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Mozart's Prague Symphony.


Opening Night Gala: Gilbert & Fleming

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Alan Gilbert era at the New York Philharmonic kicked off with a celebratory gala concert in September. Hear that program in this installment of New York Philharmonic This Week.


Maazel Conducts Sibelius's Second Symphony

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This week's New York Philharmonic This Week features Lorin Maazel leading a program featuring two of his own compositions--Monaco Fanfares and Farewells--as well as Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

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Summertime Classics: From the Danube to the Rhine

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Bramwell Tovey plays tour guide as New York Philharmonic This Week presents an enchanting evening with the great Romantic composers of Europe, featuring Brooklyn's own Simone Dinnerstein.


In Residence: Vail Valley Music Festival

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The New York Philharmonic This Week presents highlights from the Concerts in the Parks summer concert series, including works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.


Beethoven, Ives and Magnus Lindberg

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in EXPO, a new showpiece by Magnus Lindberg, two works by Charles Ives and Ludwig von Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major.


Violin Concerto in D Major, Pelléas and Mélisande

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tonight's broadcast features Alan Gilbert conducting Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 and Arnold Schoenberg's Pelléas and Mélisande.


Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

Friday, October 09, 2009

Alan Gilbert’s first subscription concerts as the music director of the New York Philharmonic in September started with a big statement: Mahler's Third Symphony. The composer’s longest symphony, in six movements and lasting nearly 100 minutes, it is a treacherous, complex work, even for an orchestra with a longstanding Mahler tradition. Gilbert conducted the score from memory on this occasion and according to a review in The New York Times “drew an organic, solidly executed and deeply involving performance.”