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Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. The New York Philharmonic, a longtime media pioneer, began radio broadcasts in 1922, and is currently represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week — syndicated nationally 52 weeks per year.


2/4           Mozart: Keyboard Concerto, K.238, Piano Concertos, K.491 and K.503 (Jeffrey Kahane, p and cond)
2/11         Pintscher: towards Osiris: Study for Orchestra Berg: Violin Concerto Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No. 1 (Pinchas Zukerman, v; Christoph Eschenbach, cond)


It's an overture to an unfinished opera by the French composer Hector Berlioz, a theatrical work L’Histoire du soldat to be read, played and danced, and Mozart's Paris Symphony this month with the New York Philharmonic.


December holds plenty of gifts from the New York Philharmonic, including Messiah on 12/17, a Winter Jukebox on 12/24 and Music of Our Time on 12/31.

Classic FM

11/5     Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Semyon Bychkov, cond)
11/12   Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (Rafael Kubelik, cond)
11/19   Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Christine Brewer, s; Nancy Gustafson, s; Jeanine De Bique, s; Mary Phillips, ms; Nancy Maultsby, ms; Anthony Dean Griffey, t; Wolfgang Schöne, bs; Jason Grant, bs-bar; New York Choral Artists; The Dessoff Symphonic Choir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Lorin Maazel, cond)
11/26   Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Alan Gilbert, cond)

Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Simon Pauly

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross has a theory about the present state of classical music culture in New York City.  It's back to the future. 

In his words, leading institutions are choosing repertoire that reflect "the eternal return to the world that was." 

Classic FM

10/1      Mahler: Blumine, Symphony No. 1, Songs of a Wayfarer, Symphony No. 10 (Håkan Hågegard, bar; Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Jaap Van Zweden and Kurt Masur, cond)
10/8      Mahler: Three Rückert Lieder, Symphony No. 2 (Jessica Jones, s; Cornelia Kallisch, ms; New York Choral Artists; Jennie Tourel, ms; Leonard Bernstein, cond)
10/15    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Yvonee Minton, s; Camerata Singers; Boys’ Choir of the Little Church Around the Corner and Trinity School; Pierre Boulez, cond)

September 2017 New York Philharmonic Programs

Aug 28, 2017
The New York Times

9/3        Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake (Anthony McGill, cl/Alan Gilbert, cond)

9/10      Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No. 7 Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Alan Gilbert & Semyon Bychkov, cond)

9/17      Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Stefan Vinke, t; Alan Gilbert, cond)

August 2017 New York Philharmonic Programs

Jul 31, 2017

8/6        Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.1 Prokofiev: Selections from Cinderella (Nicola Benedetti, v; Vladimir Jurowski, cond)

8/13      Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Strauss: Oboe Concerto Suppé: Poet & Peasant (Liang Wang, ob; Manfred Honeck, cond)

July 2017 The New York Philharmonic Programs

Jun 29, 2017

7/2        Mozart: Symphony No. 39, No. 40 & No. 41 (Alan Gilbert, cond)
7/9        Vivier: Orion Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Manfred Honeck, cond)
7/16      Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Bernarda Fink, ms; Women of the New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, dir; Bernard Haitink, cond)
7/23      Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Bernard Haitink, cond)

Philip Montgomery for The New York Times

  The New York Times recently ran a profile of conductor Alan Gilbert and his work as Music Director at the New York Philharmonic.  It's both a good read to understand more of what's going on with the New York Philharmonic, but also to understand the challenges of leading an orchestra these days.