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. 


April 22, 2017

12:00 AM
Song, ’Du bist die Ruh’,’ D 776
Artist : Idil Biret, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Schubert
Label : Price-Less
12:05 AM
Symphony #4 in A, Op 53
Artist : French National Orchestra/ Charles Dutoit
Album : N/A
Composer : Roussel
Label : Erato
12:27 AM
Song, ’Die Liebe’, D 522
Artist : Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, br, Gerald Moore, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Schubert
Label : DG
12:28 AM
Symphony #4 in E
Artist : Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra/ Michel Swierczewski
Album : N/A
Composer : Mehul
Label : Nimbus
12:54 AM
Orchestra Suite in F/C
Artist : Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall
Album : N/A
Composer : Dumanoir
Catalog : N/A
Conductor : Jordi Savall
Label : Fontalis
1:00 AM
Intermezzo,’ Op 72
Artist : Royal Philharmonic/ Thomas Beecham
Album : N/A
Composer : Strauss
Label : World
1:05 AM
Die Frau ohne Schatten,’ Op 65
Artist : Seattle Sym/Gerard Schwarz
Album : N/A
Composer : Strauss
Label : Delos
1:29 AM
Der Rosenkavalier,’ Op 59
Artist : Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Covent Garden Orchestra/ Antonio Pappano
Album : N/A
Composer : Strauss
Label : Virgin
1:36 AM
Interludes, Op 17 (1923)
Artist : David Kuyken, p
Album : Sonate 2 Op.23 and Gezichten Op Den F
Composer : Schäfer
Label : NM Classics
1:37 AM
Flute Concertino in g
Artist : Jacques Zoon, f, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra/ Thierry Fischer
Album : Flute Concertos From The Netherlands
Composer : Wilms, Johann Wilhelm
Label : NM Classics
1:54 AM
Orchestral Suite in d
Artist : Il Fondamento/Paul Dombrecht
Album : N/A
Composer : Fasch
Conductor : Paul Dombrecht
Label : Fuga Libera
2:00 AM
Cinderella,’ Op 87
Artist : Galina Heifetz, v, Mark Kaplan, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Prokofiev
Label : Con
2:05 AM
Ballet, ’On the Dnieper,’ Op 51
Artist : Monte Carlo Philharmonic/ James DePreist
Album : N/A
Composer : Prokofiev
Label : Koch
2:26 AM
Romeo and Juliet,’ Op 64
Artist : Kelly Burke, cl, Andrew Willis, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Prokofiev
Label : Centaur
2:39 AM
Chout (The Buffoon)’ Ballet Suite, Op 21a
Artist : London Symphony Orchestra/Walter Susskind
Album : N/A
Composer : Prokofiev
Label : Everest
2:41 AM
Brandenburg’ Concerto #3 in G, BWV 1048
Artist : St Martin’s Academy/Sir Neville Marriner
Album : Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3
Composer : Bach
Label : Philips
2:54 AM
Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare
Artist : London Philharmonic/ Michael Kibblewhite
Album : N/A
Composer : Bliss
Label : Cala
3:00 AM
Minuet and Hunting Scene’
Artist : Chicago Symphony Wind Quintet
Album : N/A
Composer : Leclair
Label : Audiophile
3:05 AM
Symphony #73 in D, ’La chasse’
Artist : Orpheus Chamber Orch
Album : N/A
Composer : Haydn
Label : DG
3:27 AM
Hunting Song, Der weisse Hirsch
Artist : Frick, Muhlacker Horn Ens, Bavarian Opera Cho, Graunke Symphony Orchestra/H Reger
Album : Songs Of The Hunt
Composer : Trad, German
Label : Angel
3:28 AM
Fiddle Tune, ’Turkey in the Straw’
Artist : Orchestra/ Carmen Dragon
Album : N/A
Composer :
Label : Angel
3:32 AM
Violin Sonata (1970)
Artist : Zvi Zeitlin, v, Barry Snyder, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Reynolds
Label : Gasparo
3:54 AM
Lyric Pieces for the Young’
Artist : Debra Torok, p, Maryle´ne Dosse, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Dello Joio
Label : Albany
4:00 AM
Jeux d’eau’
Artist : Philharmonia Orchestra/ Geoffrey Simon
Album : N/A
Composer : Ravel
Label : Cala
4:05 AM
Violin and Cello Sonata (1922)
Artist : Isidore Cohen, v, Timothy Eddy, vc
Album : N/A
Composer : Ravel
Label : Nonesuch
4:25 AM
Les Indes Galantes’
Artist : Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
Album : N/A
Composer : Rameau
Label : Harmonia Mundi
4:27 AM
Zur Namensfeier’ Overture, Op 115
Artist : Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Kurt Masur
Album : N/A
Composer : Beethoven
Label : Pro Arte
4:34 AM
Wanderer Fantasia’ in C, Op 15, for Piano and Orchestra
Artist : Louis Lortie, p, Hague Residentie Orchestra/ George Pehlivanian
Album : N/A
Composer : Schubert
Label : Chandos
4:55 AM
Das Wandern’ fr ’Die Schone Mullerin’
Artist : Yevgeny Kissin, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Schubert
Label : RCA
5:00 AM
Napoli’ Suite
Artist : Antonio Pompa-Baldi, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Poulenc
Label : Harmonia Mundi
5:05 AM
Impressions d’Italie’
Artist : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra/ Pierre Dervaux
Album : N/A
Composer : GG Charpentier
Label : EMI/Ang
5:17 AM
Concert pour quatre parties de violes’
Artist : Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
Album : N/A
Composer : Charpentier
Label : Erato
5:29 AM
Le Malade Imaginaire
Artist : Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
Album : N/A
Composer : Charpentier
Label : Harmonia Mundi
5:31 AM
Caucasian Sketches,’ Suite #2, Op 42, ’Iveria’
Artist : Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra/Arthur Fagen
Album : N/A
Composer : Ippolitov-Ivanov
Label : Naxos
5:54 AM
Preludes, Op 34
Artist : Lydia Mordkovitch, v, Marina Gusak-Grin, p
Album : N/A
Composer : Shostakovich
Label : Chandos

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.

Credit: Dirty Sugar Photography

Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—just 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!

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.

Credit: Carliss Million

We have important and exciting news to share with you about the future of WRTI. Bill Johnson, WRTI station manager for the past 16 years, has been promoted to general manager of WRTI, responsible for the administration and supervision of all activities at the station.

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with WRTI on Monday, December 26th from 7 to 10 pm on our HD-2 channel and the all-classical stream at Listen on the new WRTI App—Download it here!

For Christmas Day at 1 pm, what a treat! It's Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, directs the 2013 performance, with the Philadelphians joined by four distinguished soloists, and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Listen on WRTI's new App!

Dashing through the snow, to your radio you shall go! WRTI brings you the holidays in all their sonic glory. Here are highlights from our classical schedule through January 5th, 2017. Here's to a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2017. Season's greetings from all of your friends at WRTI!

The legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music, nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer. Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism. “My Favorite Things,” with its holiday imagery, and its reminder to remember one’s favorite things when times are sad, has been adopted and adapted by jazz artists and pop artists to this day.