For decades the New York Philharmonic’s multi-award-winning radio series, hosted by Alec Baldwin since 2009, has served up magnificent performances accompanied by illuminating interviews and commentary. Here are some highlights.
Acclaimed Bruckner interpreter Jaap van Zweden conducts the monumental Eighth Symphony and premieres a piece created to introduce it: Conrad Tao’s Everything Must Go, a “sound mass undergoing various transformations,” according to its young composer, thick with swirling strings and demonic erupti...
The Philharmonic celebrated Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday with a program including his beloved Violin Concerto, with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, and the magical evocation of Die erste Walpurgisnacht.
Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95 (1839)
Alan Gilbert conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah, an oratorio inspired by the composer’s rediscovery of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. It follows the story of the Old Testament prophet and includes four principal vocal soloists as the story’s various characters.
Romance and Response with Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
Lorin Maazel’s final Philharmonic appearance features Tchaikovsky's searingly romantic Romeo and Juliet, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and a collaboration with Jennifer Koh as the soloist for Lutosławski’s Chain 2.
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (1869; rev. 1870 and 1...