Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

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The Mendelssohn Club
8:50 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The Bach/Mendelssohn St. Matthew Passion on WRTI: Good Friday at Noon

Felix Mendelssohn inspired a revival of Bach's music in 1829.

The St. Matthew Passion is revered today as one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire. But along with much of Bach’s vast output, it sank into obscurity in the decades following his death in 1750.

At the age of 13, Felix Mendelssohn was given a copy of Bach’s Passion as a Christmas gift. He fell in love with it. Seven years later in 1829, he presented a performance of the work in his own arrangement, changing some orchestration and making cuts to several sections.

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The End of An Era
5:00 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

An Interview With MAD MEN Composer David Carbonara

As the popular AMC series Mad Men begins its final season, listen back to a revealing and humorous interview with Mad Men Music Editor David Carbonara from March, 2012, as he shares the inside story on how he writes music for Mad Men, how creator Matthew Weiner chooses the '60s songs, and how it's all mixed together to make a hit TV series. And how did he get this gig, anyway?

David, a former trombonist, spices the show with jazz-tinged music that lends flavor as much as the crisp dialogue and mod decor.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:55 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

St. Matthew

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:12 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

What Did Bach Sound Like In The Time of Mendelssohn?

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Musicians have struggled to determine what J.S. Bach sounded like in his own time for decades. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia turned back the clock in a different direction on February 8th at Girard College, determining what Bach sounded like in the time of...Mendelssohn.

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Station Announcements
2:11 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

WRTI Arts Desk Team Wins Big!

WRTI arts reporters Susan Lewis and Meridee Duddleston

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) has just announced that WRTI has been selected for a 2015 PAB Award for Excellence. Congratulations to Susan Lewis (arts reporter), Meridee Duddleston (arts reporter), and Eric Brannon (audio engineer) for their work on the following Arts Desk radio features that captured the winning votes from the judges:

The Changing Face and Sound of Classical Music:

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Bach@7: Musical Gems By The Baroque Master Performed In Center City

Bach@7 concerts coming up: April 8th and May 13th at St. Clement's Church in Center City

J.S. Bach’s masterpieces, well-known to many listeners, include his Mass in B minor, the Goldberg Variations, and The Well-Tempered Clavier. However, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Baroque composer also wrote hundreds of lesser-known, short, vocal works with instrumental accompaniment, which are now the focus of a Philadelphia Bach Cantata series, called "Bach@ 7." The series features informal, one-hour long, pay-as-you-wish live concerts played on period instruments - modeled after similar series in Europe and New York.

The next "Bach@7" concert: Wednesday, April 8th at St. Clement's Church, 20th and Cherry streets.
 

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WRTI Arts Desk
9:49 am
Mon March 30, 2015

The Monumental St. Matthew Passion: Bach in Philadelphia

J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is a monumental oratorio that fell into obscurity for decades after Bach's death in 1750. Composer Felix Mendelssohn's production of the work in 1829 helped spark the modern Bach revival. Susan Lewis considers Bach’s life and work.

WRTI Arts Desk
9:43 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Classical Star Yuja Wang: Embracing Traditional and Contemporary Culture

Pianist Yuja Wang

Curtis Graduate, Chinese Pianist Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star embraces traditional and contemporary culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Napoleon's Armies Advance On Vienna: Beethoven’s “Empire of the Mind” Prevails

Beethoven inititally planned to dedicate his "Eroica" symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).

Ludwig van Beethoven’s "Les Adieux" or "The Farewell" sonata (Piano Sonata No. 26) is considered the composer's most significant work from the period between 1809 - 1810. It was a time when the Napoleonic Wars continued to bring upheaval to Beethoven’s adopted city of Vienna, the surrounding region, and beyond. Even before his Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major was composed, Napoleon’s unyielding push for power had left many disillusioned.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:49 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, photographed in Salzburg in 2011.
Martin Schalk Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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