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.

Playlists are below.

Melodies that will melt your heart, and piano passages that will bust your knuckles—that’s what Sergei Rachmaninoff brings to the table. From symphonies to piano concertos, this Russian composer’s music moves you so much you voted him the No. 7 Most Essential Classical Composer.

Don’t even try to think of a bad piece of music by Antonín Dvořák, because you won't find any. Not in our book, anyway. And you thought so highly of the Bohemian master that you voted him No. 8 in our Essential Composer Countdown. Probably no one from that time had a more varied output.

Simon Pauly

This Sunday, January 21st at 1 pm, our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 brings you a work very familiar through recordings, but not often performed in the concert hall: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

You weighed the tons of concertos and voted the Red Priest your No. 9 Essential Classical Composer. Antonio Vivaldi has a reputation for having written too much similar-sounding music, but we say "fie" to that—fie; there, we said it!

At WRTI 90.1, we're excited to bring you something special. LIVE from our performance studio on Monday, January 22nd at 11 am, you'll hear Grammy-winning Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone) with award-winning violinist Kristin Lee.

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner

The composer of Messiah will never be forgotten. But there is so much more to Handel that you voted him our 10th most essential classical composer.  Please support WRTI 90.1 during our 10-day Essential Winter Quiet Drive and Classical Countdown. Give here.

This year's Essential Classical and Jazz Countdowns have begun, along with our Essential Winter Quiet Drive. We’re keeping the fundraising appeals short and sweet each day, and focusing instead on your selections of WRTI 90.1’s 10 most essential classical composers and jazz artists, with one from each genre featured each day of the Drive.

Join us on Monday, January 15th at 1:30 pm for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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