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.

Russian Fest

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, Bramwell Tovey conducts a colorful all-Russian program. Included is Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and Khachaturian's Three Pieces from Gayane including the dazzling Saber Dance.


Gil Shaham Plays Barber's Violin Concerto

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features one of the orchestra's most beloved soloists, violinist Gil Shaham. He joins conductor David Robertson in Barber's lush Violin Concerto.

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Benjamin, Debussy, Ravel and Ginastera

Thursday, March 04, 2010

This week's New York Philharmonic performance features a program conducted by David Robertson and includes Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.


Mozart's Jupiter and a Christopher Rouse Premiere

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In this week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, music director Alan Gilbert leads the premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Odna Zhizn, a moody and mercurial 20-minute work that gives the full orchestra a workout. Rouse writes: "In Russian, 'odna zhizn' means 'a life.' This work has been composed in homage to a person of Russian ancestry who is very dear to me." The score is a "private love letter" in which letters have been translated into notes, though the receipient is undisclosed. Also on this week's program are two Mozart favorites, his Jupiter Symphony, and the Sinfonia concertante for Winds.


From the Vail Valley Music Festival

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Folk tunes provide a focal point in this installment of the New York Philharmonic this Week. Alan Gilbert conducts works by Copland and Mahler in this performance from the Vail Valley Music Festival.


Beethoven, Bernstein and Falla

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The New York Philharmonic presents an assortment of listener favorites in this week's broadcast. Yet far from a routine run-through of pieces, the performance reveals the growing bond between the musicians and their new music director, Alan Gilbert.


Gilbert's All-American Assortment

Thursday, February 04, 2010

In his first New Year's Eve concert as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert presented a program of celebratory American music. Tonight, relive that festive occasion.

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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.