Latest: Jaap to rejoin the NY Philharmonic

Latest: Jaap to rejoin the NY Philharmonic


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2021

After a whole year’s absence, music director Jaap Van Zweden will fly to New York next month to film a concert with the New York Philharmonic for its new paid streaming channel, launched today. At least that’s the plan, Covid permitting.

The orchestra is charging $4.99 a month of $50 a year for access to new and archived concerts.

Press release below.

The New York Philharmonic announces NYPhil+, the Orchestra’s new on-demand streaming service, available today at For $4.99 per month or $50.00 per year, subscribers to the platform can access newly recorded programs and historic performances. The collection will also be available on apps for Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, and other major streaming platforms later this spring.

The initial launch presents a new concert recording, featuring the New York Philharmonic conducted by David Robertson with pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist. Also currently available on NYPhil+ are past performances, including five decades of Live From Lincoln Center telecasts as well as more recent Facebook Live broadcasts, staged performances, and chamber music presentations. Highlights include Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth; contemporary music concerts from the GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON series; newly recorded chamber music performances captured in fall 2020 at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall and Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music; and audio broadcasts culled from the Orchestra’s award-winning radio series featuring Philharmonic Radio Host Alec Baldwin.


  • RW2013 says:

    Thank the heavens for divine creatures like JVZ who with their God-given gifts continue to make the act of music-making possible.

  • Patricia says:

    What the devil is Baldwin doing hosting that series? Are they desperate?

  • J Barcelo says:

    $50 for a whole year! Wow – sign me up. That’s about 1/4 of the cost of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall.

  • JussiB says:

    Jaap is way better than his predecessor Gilbert. Too bad he’s so unlucky in his new tenure.

  • FrankUSA says:

    I live 50 miles outside NYC and I don’t think Jaap has done anything at all to make the NY Phil a more credible presence in the NYC cultural scene(which may be incredible difficult to impossible). Alan Gilbert,who was pretty much fired) tried unique programming which actually got some press. Jaap has been a zzzzzzz.

  • E says:

    The new concert plans sound good!

  • freddynyc says:

    I suppose $50 a year is a reasonable concession for access to mediocre performances which have been the norm for this orchestra for the past 30 years…..