Classical Through the Night on HD-2

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  • Hosted by Peter Van de Graaf, heard on HD-2 and the classical stream

Host Peter Van de Graaff draws music selections from all eras, but focuses on works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. While focusing on the standards of the repertoire, the show goes beyond that and draws from the rich and varied music that comprises all of what we call "classical music," shared in an interesting manner. 


August 19, 2017

12:00 AM
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring
Artist : St Martins Academy/Sir Neville Marriner
Album : N/A
Composer : Bach
Label : EMI/Ang
12:05 AM
Pr¿lude ¿ lapr¿s-midi dun faune
Artist : Suisse Romande Orch/Armin Jordan
Album : Pr¿lude ¿ lapr¿s-midi dun faune
Composer : Debussy
Label : Erato
12:14 AM
Polonaise #6 in A-Flat, Op 53, Heroic
Artist : Malcolm Frager, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Chopin, Fr¿d¿ric
Label : Telarc
12:21 AM
Orchestra Suite #1 in d, Op 43
Artist : Chicago Sym/Fritz Reiner
Album : Fritz Reiner- The Complete Chicago Symphony Recordings On RCA
Composer : Tchaikovsky
Label : RCA
12:23 AM
String Quartet #9 in C, Op 59/3, Rasoumovsky #3
Artist : Talich String Quartet
Album : N/A
Composer : Beethoven
Label : Calliope
12:54 AM
The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a
Artist : Berlin Phil/Herbert von Karajan
Album : N/A
Composer : Tchaikovsky
Label : DG
1:00 AM
Canon and Gigue in D
Artist : Boston Pops Orch/John Williams
Album : Pops In Love
Composer : Pachelbel
Label : Philips
1:05 AM
Artist : Philadelphia Orch/Riccardo Muti
Album : Bolero/ Daphnis Et Chloe- Suite No. 2/ Alborada Del Gracioso
Composer : Ravel
Label : EMI
1:22 AM
Impromptus, D 935 (Op 142)
Artist : Daniel Barenboim, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Schubert
Label : Erato
1:29 AM
Waltzes, Op 64
Artist : Jean-Pierre Rampal, f; Futaba Inoue, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Chopin, Fr¿d¿ric
Label : CBS
1:31 AM
Violin Concerto #1 in g, Op 26
Artist : Janine Jansen, v; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Riccardo Chailly
Album : Mendelssohn * Bruch: Concertos & Romance
Composer : Bruch
Label : London
1:54 AM
Abdelazer, or The Moors Revenge
Artist : Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
Album : The Glory of Purcell
Composer : Purcell
Label : LOiseau Lyre
2:00 AM
Preludes, Op 28
Artist : Mattias Jacobsson, g
Album : N/A
Composer : Chopin, Fr¿d¿ric
Label : Avie
2:05 AM
Water Music Suite #2 in D
Artist : Berlin Phil/Riccardo Muti
Album : Water Music
Composer : Handel
Label : EMI/Ang
2:21 AM
Prelude #1
Artist : Yo-Yo Ma, vc; Jeffrey Kahane, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Gershwin
Label : Sony
2:23 AM
Rhapsody in Blue
Artist : Orch/Leonard Bernstein, p
Album : Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/ An American In Paris
Composer : Gershwin
Label : Sony
2:39 AM
Capriccio espagnol, Op 34
Artist : Orch/Kiril Kondrashin
Album : N/A
Composer : Rimsky
Label : RCA
2:54 AM
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1899-1900)
Artist : Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Album : N/A
Composer : Rimsky-Korsakov
Label : Sony
3:00 AM
Artist : I Fiamminghi (Belgian Chamber Orch)/Rudolf Werthen
Album : N/A
Composer : Gossec
Label : Koch
3:02 AM
Artist : Kyung-Wha Chung, v; Phillip Moll, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Gossec
Label : London
3:05 AM
Grand Symphony in F, Op 8/2
Artist : Orchestre de Bretagne/Stefan Sanderling
Album : N/A
Composer : Gossec
Label : ASV
3:18 AM
Hymne a` la Statue de la Libert¿
Artist : Vocalists; Toulouse Capitole Cho, Orch/Michel Plasson
Album : N/A
Composer : Gossec
Label : EMI/Ang
3:20 AM
Bacchus et Ariane, Op 43
Artist : Orch de Paris/Charles Dutoit
Album : N/A
Composer : Roussel
Label : Erato
3:55 AM
The Abduction from the Seraglio, K 384
Artist : Netherlands Wind Ens
Album : N/A
Composer : Mozart
Conductor : N/A
Label : Philips
4:00 AM
St Mark Passion
Artist : Krisztina Laki, s; Andreas Schmidt, br; Stuttgart Bach Collegium/Helmuth Ri
Album : N/A
Composer : CPE Bach
Label : CBS
4:05 AM
Symphony in B-Flat, Wq 179
Artist : Manhattan Chamber Orch/Richard Auldon Clark
Album : N/A
Composer : CPE Bach
Label : Helicon
4:19 AM
Recorder Sonata in d
Artist : Marion Verbruggen, r; John Gibbons, hc; Christina Mahler, vc
Album : N/A
Composer : Telemann
Label : Titanic
4:27 AM
Motet, In furore giustissimae irae, R 626
Artist : Simone Kermes, s; Venice Baroque Orch/Andrea Marcon
Album : N/A
Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
Label : DG Archiv
4:29 AM
Symphony, Mathis der Maler (1934)
Artist : Orchestra London Canada/Uri Mayer
Album : N/A
Composer : Hindemith
Label : Radio Canada Intl
4:54 AM
Benedictus sis tu
Artist : Les Flamboyants
Album : N/A
Composer : HV Bingen
Label : Raum Klang
5:00 AM
Kettenbr¿cken Waltzes, Op 4
Artist : Vienna Wind Quintet
Album : N/A
Composer : JS Strauss
Catalog : N/A
Conductor : N/A
Label : Nimbus
5:05 AM
Cello Concerto #2 in c, Op 77
Artist : Steven Isserlis, vc; London Phil/Andrew Litton
Album : N/A
Composer : Kabalevsky
Label : Virgin
5:32 AM
Artist : Steven Isserlis, vc; Thomas Ade¿s, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Scriabin
Conductor : N/A
Label : RCA
5:34 AM
Cello and Double Bass Sonata in G, Op 3/3
Artist : Richard Hirschl, vc; Jerry Fuller, db
Album : N/A
Composer : Romberg
Label : Musical Arts Society
5:46 AM
Flute and Oboe Duo
Artist : Peter Christ, ob; Gretel Shanley, f
Album : N/A
Composer : Ginastera
Label : Crystal
5:55 AM
Artist : Granada City Orch/Josep Pons
Album : N/A
Composer : Ginastera
Label : Harmonia Mundi

Even though it's not a universal favorite among presidents, "Hail to the Chief" remains their official entrance theme.  WRTI's Meridee Duddleston has more on the origin of the march that begins with the ultimate in fanfare, not three, but four "Ruffles and Flourishes."  

Join us for a re-broadcast of a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from 2016 that brings us two Philadelphia Orchestra commissions—Maurice Wright’s Resounding Drums, a timpani concerto composed for the Orchestra’s principal timpanist Don Liuzzi, and the Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, composed for the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphians, Ricardo Morales.

A New Take on Timpani

Jun 19, 2017

There aren't many concertos composed for timpani. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Maurice Wright has written a work that celebrates the instrument and its often untapped range.

Credit: Matthew Murphy

Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—won a 2017 Academy Award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Stars" from the hit film La La Land. They're also Golden Globe winners! And now... they can add Tony awards to the mantle, including the 2017 Tony for Best Musical.

Credit: Opera Philadelphia

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston considers a question of operatic proportion, with notable librettist Mark Campbell.

His set of three Gymnopedies are some of the most requested works (in different versions) here at WRTI, yet his output goes well beyond those. Erik Satie, the eccentric French composer at the intersection of modernism and minimalism in early 20th-century music and art, composed works that are sometimes dreamy, sometimes spare, sometimes quirky or fun or rambunctious, and sometimes all of the above. 

All varieties of vernacular show up this week on Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 29th at 9 pm on and WRTI-HD2. With movements like Sip ’N Stir (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Ramada Inn (Exit 1, New Jersey Turnpike), it sure sounds like Michael Daugherty, and those are two of the movements from his Lounge Lizards for two pianos and two percussion.

A leading contemporary conductor explores both music, and—in his free time—fragrances.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Fabio Luisi sees many connections between music and perfume.

A Sweet Valentine's Day on WRTI

Feb 12, 2017

Grab your sweetheart! Love is in the air, and on the air. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's Day on WRTI. Tune in, listen online, or on our moblie App for classical music and jazz that will warm your heart and create the perfect mood for love!

Four notes (the first three of which are the same) say “classical music” to more people around the world than any other bit of music anyone else has ever written. When Ludwig van Beethoven finally chose those notes, he not only figured out the beginning of his Fifth Symphony and branded classical music forever, he also staked a claim—with an audacity and a power unlike anyone else before or since—to be recognized as “the” composer of classical music.