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.

What instrument has been used to conjure a shepherd’s horn as well as a human cry of despair? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the oddly named, but evocative, English horn.

A new book looks into the tunes that put the "roar" in "The Roaring Twenties." WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with the author of Tunes of the Twenties and All That Jazz: The Stories Behind the Songs.

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A glorious work infrequently heard in the concert hall will grace the airwaves this Sunday, November 27th at 1 pm , as the Philadelphia Orchestra, soloists, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir perform Mozart's Great Mass in C minor at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Family, friends, and food are part of our Thanksgiving memories. This year, WRTI makes sure we save room for Second Helpings !

In an era when women had little voice, 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen founded her own women's monastery, authored volumes of sacred text, served as a physician to her community, wrote the oldest surviving musical morality play, and produced plainchants of great expression and beauty. She was canonized in 2012.

Credit: Steph Mackinnon

What kind of music would speak to Bach today? Cellist Matt Haimovitz —who has been performing works by Bach in concert halls and clubs for the last three decades—asked composers to respond to the preludes from Bach’s cello suites. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports.

Credit: Joseph Lange

Mozart mentioned in a letter to his father that he wanted to write a mass for his new wife Constanze, who was a soprano. “But there was no commission,” says Temple University music history professor Steven Zohn . “It’s not usual for him to write something on spec or just because he wanted to write something that showed the love for his wife.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season is under way with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium for his fifth year as music director of the Orchestra. WRTI will broadcast all 30 subscription concerts beginning Sunday, November 20th.

Opera Philadelphia and the Apollo Theater present Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD , composed by Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly , in a New York premiere marking the first time opera is performed on the Apollo Theater stage, and the first time Opera Philadelphia produces in New York City. Listen on WRTI, Saturday, November 19th at 1 pm.

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