New York Philharmonic

In the summer of 1943, Lorin Maazel could be found conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra (what is today the New York Philharmonic) at Lewisohn Stadium on the campus of City College of New York. Other conductors on the summer series included Fritz Reiner, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, and Antal Dorati. But, Maazel was only 13 years old.

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, isn't scared of new music — and he doesn't think audiences should be, either.

"Frankly, the reason I do new music is I like a lot of it," Gilbert says.

All of the works in this Sunday's New York Philharmonic broadcast have a jazz connection. Igor Stravinsky's 1918 Ragtime for 11 Instruments draws its inspiration from popular music of the time, including jazz. Aaron Copland's jazz-steeped Clarinet Concerto dates from 30 years later, a commission from Benny Goodman. Wynton Marsalis has describe his "Swing Symphony" as a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, and prominently features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with the Philharmonic.  Alan Gilbert and Case Scaglione
 conduct.

Dario Acosta

Lorin Maazel returns to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a program featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.  Maazel, NY Philharmonic Music Director from 2002 to 2009, leads a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 2.  With Bronfman, we'll hear the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1.  Sunday, Feb. 17 3 to 5 pm.

Program:

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Christoph Eschenbach conducts the New York Philharmonic, joined by violinist Pinchas Zukerman, for a performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. We'll also hear Bruckner's Symphony No. 6. Join us!

Sunday, February 10, 3 to 5 pm. 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Jan 13, 2013

The hardest working people in show business, at least in the classical music world, can take a bow this week. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, data on the busiest conductors and orchestras in 2012 shows The Philadelphia Orchestra maintaining its place in the top 10 ensembles, while the most active conductor began his professional career in the Philadelphia region.

The survey was undertaken by the website BachTrack.com, which found that for the third year in a row, Beethoven was the most performed of all composers with Arvo Part the most performed living composer.

Predictably, Mozart and Bach came in 2nd and 3rd, but it was not a good year for Mahler who slipped from 9th to 25th -  and Liszt who fell from the 6th to the 24th. Their places in the top 10 were taken by Debussy and Schumann.

The busiest conductor in the world last year was Alan Gilbert whose first music directorship appointment was with Camden’s Symphony in C in the early 1990s. The orchestra he currently directs, the New York Philharmonic, was also, not surprisingly the busiest orchestra in the world, taking over the top spot from the San Francisco Symphony. The Philadelphia Orchestra came in at 9th; slipping one place from last year.

In repertoire, the top three most-performed operas were all by Mozart - two of which had librettos by the one-time Pennsylvania resident Lorenzo Da Ponte.  The Magic Flute was at number one followed by Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro.

And finally, the most-performed works in 2012 were, in ascending order: 3) Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, 2) Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, and in the top spot, 1)  Handel's Messiah.

Here's a link to the full results of that survey.

Alan Gilbert conducts this week's New York Philharmonic concert. Gil Shaham is guest soloist for the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber.  We'll also hear Sergei Rachmaninoff's final orchestral work, the Symphonic Dances.  The concert opens with a contemporary work by American composer Steven Stucky. Sunday, January 6th, 3 to 5 pm.

Program:
Steven Stucky: Symphony


Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14


Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Don't miss the annual Winter Holiday broadcast from the New York Philharmonic. This year's program is culled from the ensemble's extensive recorded archives - music that's perfect for the season.  Skitch Henderson makes an appearance as well. Christmas Day at 8 pm on the All-Classical Stream and HD-2.

Highlights:

Mozart:  German Dance in C, K. 605, Sleigh Ride (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams

Arr. Henderson: Selections from Winter Holiday, 1961-62

  • Lincoln Center and the New York Phil have confirmed plans for a (long, long overdue) major overhaul of 50-year-old Avery Fisher Hall that "aims to redefine what it means to be a concert hall at a time of challenging orchestra economics and changing audience habits." This will be the third attempt at addressing the venue's acoustical challenges.

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