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.
Alec Baldwin hosts this profile of Zubin Mehta and the Indian-born maestro’s tenure as the New York Philharmonic’s Music Director, 1978–1991, with selections from more than 20 performances and repertoire including Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Webern, and Bartók and Ravi Shankar.
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.
Thomas Schippers, acclaimed for his work in opera, is joined by legendary vocalists in this 1965 New York Philharmonic performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, a Rococo revisiting of a timeless text. Alec Baldwin is your host.
Stabat Mater (1831–41)
1. Introduction: Stabat ...
Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic debut, in 2012, shows the instant chemistry between maestro and orchestra. Relive that “first date” featuring Mahler’s lushly orchestrated First Symphony and Prokofiev’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 3, with Yuja Wang in the ultra-virtuosic solo role.
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)
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...
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...
Within weeks of 9/11 the Philharmonic consoled New Yorkers by performing Brahms’s German Requiem, a timeless expression of grief and hope, following a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. One year later the Orchestra premiered John Adams’s Pulitzer and Grammy winning On the Transmigration ...
Alec Baldwin hosts this salute to the late Lorin Maazel. You’ll hear from the former Music Director himself, as well as performances from his seven-decade relationship with the Orchestra, including tastes of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, with Isabel Leonard, and the Beethoven Fifth he led i...