Classical Weekdays

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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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WRTI Arts Desk
12:17 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Dmitri Shostakovich's Music Speaking to New Generations

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Twentieth-century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich composed much of his work under the shadow of political oppression. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today, his music and his personal story continue to inspire a new generation.

On Sunday, July 12 at 1 pm on WRTI, Lisa Batiashvili performs Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:47 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Why Conductor Kirill Petrenko Fits The Berlin Philharmonic

Kirill Petrenko will become the next chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018.
Wilfried Hösl Berlin Philharmonic

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WRTI Arts Desk
10:23 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Have You Ever Bumped Into Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, or Giuseppe Verdi in Fairmount Park?

Bust of Franz Schubert by Henry Baerer, 1891 in West Fairmount Park, east of Horticultural Hall. Bronze sculpture with limestone base and granite with bronze plaque.

Among the hundreds of outdoor sculptures that dot Philadelphia’s urban landscape are three classical music masters. But they're not where you might expect to find them.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon July 6, 2015

A Quiet Alleluia, Famous for 75 Years

Randall Thompson, composer of "Alleluia"

This week in July of 1940, one of the most loved and most sung choral works - written by a composer living in Philadelphia - was premiered in western Massachusetts. But Randall Thompson’s Alleluia is almost the opposite of an “alleluia.”

From Randall Thompson, the composer who was then the Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, conductor Serge Koussevitzky requested a loud and festive choral fanfare. It was to open the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:54 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

SUMMER from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Closer Look

Comprised of four violin concertos written by Antonio Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)

SUMMER SONNET

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:30 am
Fri July 3, 2015

What's Close to Sarah Chang's Heart?

Violinist Sarah Chang
Cliff Waatt

At the age of 8, violinist Sarah Chang was featured as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Soon afterwards, she played with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, she has a full career playing with orchestras all over the world. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles this busy artist, who still calls the Philadelphia area home.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Simone Dinnerstein On A Trip To Cuba And Making Music Out Of Difficulty

Dinnerstein's performance in Cuba followed the release of Broadway-Lafayette, an album of piano concertos.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:52 am

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein is just back from Havana, where she performed with Cuba's National Youth Orchestra. She is also working with young people back in her hometown, New York. One of her goals? To introduce students to the composer she's best known for performing — Johann Sebastian Bach. She's taking digital pianos into public schools in a program she calls "Bach-packing."

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WRTI Spotlight
12:42 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Sarah Chang is Soloist! Sunday, July 5, 1 PM

Violinist Sarah Chang
Colin Bell

The music of Beethoven and Dvořák frame works by Gyorgy Ligeti and George Enescu - two composers very familiar to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Conductor-in-Residence, Cristian Macelaru on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, July 5th at 1 pm.

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WRTI Special Offers
2:09 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Special Offer: Save 25% on Philadelphia Orchestra All-Beethoven Concert at the Mann Center, July 25

WRTI listeners! Here's a special offer to enjoy a night of Beethoven performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center on July 25th.

If ever there was a musician whose battle cry was “freedom” it was Ludwig van Beethoven. His Leonore Overture No. 3 relates the heroic conviction of a woman to free her husband from certain doom. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed for his own astonishing virtuoso technique. And the Symphony No. 5 has become so much more than a symphony – its famous first four notes have been turned into a Morse code phrase for "victory." Its propulsive energy and journey escalate towards a finale that has long transcended the concert hall and given hope to oppressed people everywhere.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:58 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Berlin Philharmonic Announces Their Next Chief Conductor

Maestro Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic inn 2018.

The venerable Berlin Philharmonic isn't known for impetuous courtships. But after conducting only three programs, the darkest of horses - Kirill Petrenko - was invited last week to succeed Simon Rattle as the Orchestra's chief conductor. Can the Berlin Philharmonic survive without its usual star power? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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