This symphony’s premiere was such a success that Brahms feared not being able to live up to it in the future. No wonder: beginning with fiery focus, passing through dark and mysterious harmonic explorations, and concluding in transcendence and serenity, this work continues to inspire and delight....
Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto opens with plaintive gentleness, the soloist alone before the orchestra takes over. So begins this conversation between piano and ensemble, enriched in this performance led by longtime collaborators Zubin Mehta and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
“Goin’ Home” is only one of the many exquisite melodies in what many consider to be the first great symphony composed on American soil. The New World is part of the very DNA of the NY Phil, which has performed it almost 400 times, beginning with its premiere.
In this 1982 performance, then Music Director Zubin Mehta leads the Philharmonic in Mozart’s final symphony, a work that combines grandeur and serenity through a thematic richness that represents the height of Mozart’s achievement.
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, Jupiter (1...
Kathleen Battle, one of the great sopranos of her time, sings a popular aria from Mozart’s Il ré pastore (The Shepherd King). Shlomo Mintz plays the solo violin part, representing the title character’s thoughts of his absent beloved.
Aria, L’amerò sarò costante, from Il ré pas...
This program reflects music’s ability to speak to harmony, unity, and shared humanity. Philharmonic musicians are joined by colleagues from around the world for Mahler’s epic Seventh Symphony, an evocation of the Romantic tradition through exquisite nocturnal nature-music.
In this 1976 performance, storied pianist Van Cliburn joins musical giant Andre Previn for Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto, a virtuosic work with one of the most recognizable openings in the repertoire.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 16 (1868)
1. Allegro mo...
Heidi Melton and Simon O’Neill are the lovers in this tale of burning passion and forbidden love. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts immense orchestral forces in Act I of Die Walküre, part of the epic Ring cycle, Wagner’s magnum opus that changed opera — and music — forever.
Richard Strauss marshals huge orchestral forces in his tone poem depicting the life of an unnamed hero. Andre Previn conducts this historic concert from 1976, the inaugural broadcast of Live From Lincoln Center.
R. STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Tone Poem for Large Orche...
The great André Watts joins the Philharmonic in 1977 to perform Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Brahms jokingly called this a “tiny little” concerto for piano and orchestra, despite its being one of the largest ever written. The legendary Erich Leinsdorf conducts.
From its iconic opening (famously used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey) to its concluding chord evoking the mysteries of the universe, Strauss’s tone poem based on Nietzsche’s book of the same title is one of the composer’s best-known works.
Leontyne Price, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of her generation, joins the Philharmonic and then Music Director Zubin Mehta for selections by Mozart and Richard Strauss in this classic 1982 performance.
Recitativo and Aria, Come scoglio, from Così fan tutte (1790)
Richard Strauss finished this tone poem at the age of 25, establishing himself as a master of the form and an innovator who had synthesized his own musical style. This performance from 1982 is conducted by then Music Director Zubin Mehta.
R. STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Don Juan, Tone Poem after Nikolau...
Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the epic Fifth Symphony by his predecessor, Gustav Mahler. This five-movement symphonic tour de force encompasses intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance.
Symphony No. 5 (1901–02)
1. Trauermarsch: in gemessenem ...