Classical Through the Night on HD-2

Monday though Saturday, 10 pm to 6 am; Sunday, 11 pm to 6 am on HD-2 and the Classical Stream
  • 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. 


June 25, 2017

12:00 AM
Lute Prelude in c, BWV 999
Artist : Sharon Isbin, g
Album : N/A
Composer : Bach
Label : Warner Classics
12:02 AM
Cantata #147, ’Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’
Artist : Sharon Isbin, g, Zurich Chamber Orchestra/ Howard Griffiths
Album : N/A
Composer : Bach
Label : Warner Classics
12:05 AM
Symphony #11 in D
Artist : Warsaw Sinfonietta/Wojciech Czepiel
Album : N/A
Composer : M Haydn
Label : Koch
12:27 AM
Artist : Charles Stier, cl, Molly Newton, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Haydn
Label : Elan
12:29 AM
Violin Concerto, Op 14
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, v, London Symphony Orchestra/Maxim Shostakovich
Album : N/A
Composer : Barber
Label : EMI/Ang
12:54 AM
Five Indian Sketches’ (1913)
Artist : Zina Schiff, v, Mary Barranger, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Burleigh
Label : Naxos
1:00 AM
Ten National Airs with Variations, Op 107
Artist : Severino Gazzelloni, f, Bruno Canino, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Beethoven
Label : Philips
1:05 AM
Variations and Capriccio on ’Marlborough, s’en va-t-en guerre’
Artist : Felicja Blumental, p, Prague New Chamber Orchestra/ Alberto Zedda
Album : N/A
Composer : Vogler
Label : Brana Records
1:27 AM
The Indian Queen’ Incidental Music
Artist : Dawn Upshaw, s, Myron Lutzke, vc, Arthur Haas, hc
Album : N/A
Composer : Purcell
Label : Nonesuch
1:29 AM
As You Like It’ (Film score, 1936)
Artist : London Philharmonic/ Davis
Album : N/A
Composer : Walton
Label : EMI/Ang
1:41 AM
Conquest of the Air’ (1936)
Artist : Philharmonia Orchestra/ Kenneth Alwyn
Album : N/A
Composer : Bliss
Label : Silva
1:54 AM
Coastal Command’ (1942)
Artist : RTE Concert Orchestra/ Andrew Penny
Album : N/A
Composer : Vaughan Williams
Label : Marco Polo
2:00 AM
Souvenir de Porto Rico,’ Op 31
Artist : Amiram Rigai, p
Album : Gottschalk: American Piano Music
Composer : Gottschalk
Label : Smithsonian
2:05 AM
Bamboula (Chanson negre),’ Op 5
Artist : Eugene List, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Gottschalk
Label : Vanguard
2:12 AM
Home Sweet Home’
Artist : Alan Feinberg, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Gottschalk
Label : Argo
2:18 AM
Victoria Gallop’
Artist : Chestnut Brass Company
Album : N/A
Composer : F Johnson
Label : Musicmasters
2:20 AM
The Nutcracker,’ Op 71
Artist : Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Wind Soloists
Album : N/A
Composer : Tchaikovsky
Label : Berlin Classics
2:54 AM
Amore felice’
Artist : Bernhard Bohm, r, Jurgen Hubscher, l
Album : N/A
Composer : Caroso
Label : Christophorus
3:00 AM
Two Humoresques, Op 87
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, v, Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard
Album : N/A
Composer : Sibelius
Label : Virgin
3:05 AM
Clavier Concerto in G, Op 11/5
Artist : Mary Louise Boehm, forte-p, Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble/K Kooper
Album : N/A
Composer : Abel
Label : Pantheon
3:16 AM
Traditional Hornpipe Suite
Artist : Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland
Album : The Best Of British Light Music
Composer : Cruft, Adrian
Label : ASV
3:17 AM
Piano Quintet in a, Op 84
Artist : Ian Brown, p, Sorrel String Quartet
Album : N/A
Composer : Elgar
Label : Chandos
3:55 AM
La Contadina’
Artist : Ensemble Arcadia/Attilio Cremonesi
Album : N/A
Composer : Hasse
Label : Harmonia Mundi
4:00 AM
Cantata #78, ’Jesu, der du meine Seele’
Artist : Maurice Andre, tr, Beatrice Andre, ob, Francois-Henri Houbart, o
Album : N/A
Composer : Bach
Label : EMI/Ang
4:05 AM
Artist : London Philharmonic/ Karl Richter
Album : N/A
Composer : Handel
Label : DG
4:09 AM
The Mikado’
Artist : St Martin’s Academy/Sir Neville Marriner
Album : N/A
Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Label : Philips
4:17 AM
Overture to an English Opera (Overtura Covent Garden),’ H Ia/
Artist : London Classical Players/Roger Norrington
Album : Rossini: Overtures
Composer : Haydn
Label : EMI/Ang
4:21 AM
The Fairy Queen’
Artist : London Classical Players/Roger Norrington
Album : N/A
Composer : Purcell
Label : EMI/Ang
4:23 AM
Piano Concerto #20 in d, K 466
Artist : London Mozart Players/Howard Shelley, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Mozart
Label : Chandos
4:54 AM
My Lord of Oxenfords Maske’
Artist : Ensemble
Album : N/A
Composer : Byrd
Label : Dorian
5:00 AM
Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur
Artist : Ulrike-Anima Mathe, v, Samuel Sanders, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Kreisler
Label : Dorian
5:05 AM
Der Rosenkavalier,’ Op 59
Artist : Seattle Sym/Gerard Schwarz
Album : N/A
Composer : Strauss
Label : Delos
5:14 AM
Salome,’ Op 54
Artist : Scottish National Orchestra/ Neeme JArvi
Album : N/A
Composer : Strauss
Label : Chandos
5:24 AM
Mazurkas, Op 68
Artist : Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Chopin, Frederic
Label : DG
5:26 AM
Piano Trio in g, Op 8
Artist : Emanuel Ax, p, Pamela Frank, v, Yo-Yo Ma, vc
Album : N/A
Composer : Chopin, Frederic
Label : Sony
5:54 AM
Anna Magdalena Notebook’
Artist : Michigan State University Marching Band/Keith Brion
Album : N/A
Composer : Bach
Label : Delos

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.

After being featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Chad Lawson's CD, The Chopin Variations, shot to No. 1 on iTunes Classical before it was even released in September, 2014. Lawson's interpretation of Chopin's nocturnes, preludes, and waltzes involves a surprising reconfiguration of the piano, and offers a sense of intimacy with the music that is likely new to most listeners.