WQXR

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WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including New York Philharmonic This Week and Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates New Sounds, a hand-crafted, genre-free home for the musically curious, with a 24/7 radio station, a slate of podcasts, and live video sessions with  dynamic and emerging artists, all available at newsounds.org. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos.  The station’s free mobile app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go. As a public radio station, WQXR is supported by the generosity of its members and sponsors, making classical music relevant, accessible and inspiring for listeners in New York City and around the globe.

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13 Pieces

Available beginning April 15, 2022! WQXR is pleased to release a new season of Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts, featuring concert recordings captured live from New York City's world-famous concert hall during the 21-22 season. The 13-part series begins with Carnegie's dramatic Opening Night Gala following the Hall's closure during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues with performances from some of the classical music world’s most esteemed artists. Available via PRX beginning April 15 at no cost to stations, each episode is edited to a 2-hour format and is easy to automate.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2022
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To mark the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy, WQXR is offering a five-episode series dedicated to Debussy’s works for piano hosted by David Dubal.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Sep 11, 2012
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5 Pieces

The Jonathan Channel’s newest series For The Record explores the making of five seminal Broadway cast albums produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. Shepard hosts the series with fellow record producer and Broadway aficionado Julian Fleisher.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2016
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10 Pieces

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a Peabody-Award winning five-part radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Featuring host Nadia Sirota with composers John Luther Adams (2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music), Caroline Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music), Donnacha Dennehy, Marcos Balter, and Andrew Norman.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016
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10 Pieces

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a Peabody Award-winning five-part radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016
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36 Pieces

The Jonathan Channel is celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with “Sinatra 100."

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2015
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  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2019
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19 Pieces

The series that asks the question: what makes the Great American Songbook so darned great?

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2016
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8 Pieces

The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt, a new eight-part series, celebrates the essential operatic role and the people who have given it voice. With lively music and commentary, each one-hour episode highlights a different aspect of the soprano’s world, including an examination of different types of soprano voices, illustrated with important sopranos of past and present. Voigt also takes a lighthearted look at selected opera plot themes, including death scenes and mad scenes. The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt is a production of WQXR and is supported in part by The Thompson Family Foundation and the Monteforte Foundation.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014

Latest Pieces

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In this episode of For the Record, Tom and Julian go behind the scenes of the Houston Grand Opera's 1976 recording of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Th...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 1
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In this episode For the Record Tom and Julian go behind the scenes of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
Caption: Bird Cages, Credit: Thomas Quine
In this episode of For the Record, Tom and Julian put "a little more mascara on" to go behind the scenes of the original cast recording of La Cage ...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
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In this episode of For the Record, Tom and Julian go behind the scenes of a legendary Broadway event and the creation of its exalted recording.

  • Added: Nov 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
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PROGRAM #10 of Concerts from the Frick Collection features the renowned British pianist, Imogen Cooper. Cooper performs works by 19th Century comp...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 58:03
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“The Minetti Quartet is a musical sensation from Austria,” wrote Der Tagesspiegel following the Minetti Quartet’s début in the Berlin Philharmonie ...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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When award-winning keyboardist Andreas Staier put together a recital of his all-time favorite harpsichord pieces of the 17th Century, he found the ...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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This concert from the Frick Collection features the New York debut of cellist Nicholas Altstaedt. He performs a program of Debussy, Boulanger and ...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2016
  • Length: 57:59
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Based in Belgium, the Flanders Recorder Quartet returns to the Frick for its first concert in over a decade. Performing together for nearly 30 yea...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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The Brussels based Quatuor Danel made their New York debut at the Frick Collection in New York this season. They are known across Europe and Asia ...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 9