Star Soloists

Star Soloists

Yo-Yo Ma, Leontyne Price, Itzhak Perlman, and so many more … New York Philharmonic collaborations with the greatest artists of the last 50 years are yours to enjoy.

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  • An All-American Program featuring Aaron Diehl

    Jazz master Aaron Diehl is the soloist in Still’s lovely gift to his wife and Williams’s astrological portraits of her friends. Tito Muñoz conducts this newly recorded all-American concert that also presents Copland’s moody cityscape and evocation of rustic joy, and Ives’s search for the unknowab...

  • Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart

    In our first concert recorded exclusively for NYPhil+ Emanuel Ax masters the technical challenges of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with the most delicate touch. David Robertson also conducts Elgar, Richard Strauss, and Jessie Montgomery’s multicultural rhapsody on the theme of The Star-Spangled B...

  • Jessye Norman Sings Mahler

    Renowned soprano Jessye Norman performs Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, a pensive set of orchestral songs meditating on love and death — perhaps Mahler’s favorite themes. Then she joins Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra in Wagner’s ecstatic aria of fatal love.

    MAHLER (1860 –1911)
    Five Late Songs to Poems ...

  • Rostropovich Plays Dvořák

    Legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich performs Dvořák’s lyrical, moving Cello Concerto, written during the Czech composer’s extended stay in New York City and bearing the imprint of his engagement with American music.

    DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
    Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1894–95)
    1. Allegr...

  • André Watts Performs Brahms

    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.

    BRAHMS (1833–97)
    Concerto No....

  • Rudolf Serkin Performs Beethoven

    Rudolf Serkin, one of the most revered Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century, joins then Music Director Zubin Mehta in a 1978 performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

    BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, Emperor (1809)
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio un poco moto ...

  • Sir James Galway, Maestro of the Flute

    Sir James Galway solos in Jacques Ibert’s sunny, spirited Flute Concerto. This 2008 performance is conducted by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.

    IBERT (1890–1962)
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1932–33)
    1. Allegro
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro scherzando

  • Emanuel Ax Performs Beethoven

    Emanuel Ax solos in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto — a work of spirit and elegance. Kurt Masur, the Philharmonic’s Music Director at the time, conducts this 1994 performance.

    BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (ca. 1795 / 1800)
    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Largo
    3. R...

  • Van Cliburn Performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto

    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.

    GRIEG (1843–1907)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 16 (1868)
    1. Allegro mo...

  • Vladimir Ashkenazy Performs Beethoven

    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.

    BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
    Pia...

  • Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman

    The legendary Itzhak Perlman performs Brahms’s only concerto for violin — a central piece in the repertoire and a dazzling display for the soloist.

    BRAHMS (1833–97)
    Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77 (1878–79)
    1. Allegro non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro giocoso, ma non tropp...

  • Itzhak Perlman Plays Mendelssohn

    Itzhak Perlman performs Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto in this classic 1982 performance.

    MENDELSSOHN (1809–47)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 (1844)
    1. Allegro molto appassionato
    2. Andante
    3. Allegretto ma non troppo — Allegro molto vivace
    (The movements are played withou...

  • Leontyne Price Sings Mozart and Strauss

    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.

    MOZART (1756–91)
    Recitativo and Aria, Come scoglio, from Così fan tutte (1790)

    R. ST...

  • Yo-Yo Ma Plays Dvořák

    Superstar Yo-Yo Ma performs the lyrical, moving Cello Concerto by Antonín Dvořák, which was written during the Czech composer’s extended stay in New York City and bears the imprint of his engagement with American music.

    DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
    Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1894–95)
    1. Allegr...

  • Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart

    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.

    MOZART (1756–91)
    Aria, L’amerò sarò costante, from Il ré pas...

  • Stephen Hough Plays Beethoven’s Emperor

    This most uplifting, inspiring of concertos is rich with virtuosic flourishes, the blending of brilliance with quiet, and Beethoven’s unique brand of wit. As soloist, pianist Stephen Hough brings “bracing clarity” and his “richly poetic” artistry to this masterwork (The New York Times).

    BEETHOVE...

  • Isaac Stern’s 60th Birthday

    Legendary violinist Isaac Stern solos in Brahms’s only concerto for the instrument — a work of nearly symphonic proportions and technical fireworks in the last movement.

    BRAHMS (1833–97)
    Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77 (1878–79)
    1. Allegro non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegr...