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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.