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 at the bottom of this page.

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January 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Cello Concerto in G
Artist : Raphael Wallfisch, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 550908 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Kraemer
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
Rondo Brilliant for piano and orchestra in E-Flat Op 29
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
6:29 AM
Oboe Concerto in f
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 50905 CD
Conductor : Lucy van Dael
Orchestra : Alma Musica Amsterdam
Label : Angel/EMI
6:39 AM
Serenade No. 6 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 79633 CD
Conductor : Gidon Kremer
Orchestra : Kremerata Baltica
Label : Nonesuch
7:06 AM
Silvana Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
The Squealer
Artist :
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Composer : Will Huff
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in d Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : Francesco Manfredini
Catalog : 553891 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
7:26 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8
Artist : Alan Loveday, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6627 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
The Lady Mistress Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 54056 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:49 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Stephen Burns, trumpet
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 1004 CD
Orchestra : American Concerto Orchestra
Label : DCD
8:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 60387 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:17 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 553457 CD
Conductor : Bradley Creswick
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Concerto for 2 guitars in G
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4780192 CD
Conductor : Victor Alessandro
Orchestra : San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:39 AM
Symphony No. 3 in C
Artist :
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
8:46 AM
Jeux d’enfants Children’s Games Op 22
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 6048 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Mexico City Philharmonic
Label : ASV
9:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 64456 CD
Conductor : Bruno Walter
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:19 AM
Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs Op 4
Artist : Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano
Album :
Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 570396 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra : Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:39 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 5 in A
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 5265 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch
Label : Nimbus
10:19 AM
Concerto for Fortepiano and Viola in E-Flat
Artist : Robert Hill, fortepiano
Album :
Composer : Johann Christoph Frederic Bach
Catalog : 471579 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
10:48 AM
THE DEMON: Ballet Music
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 220451 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
11:05 AM
Symphony No. 1 in C
Artist :
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:07 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
12:26 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 414187 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : L'Oiseau
12:47 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Roberto Sierra
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label :
12:58 PM
Mother and child
Artist : Tenebrae
Album :
Composer : John Tavener
Catalog : 501 CD
Conductor : Nigel Short
Label : Signum
1:14 PM
Poet and Peasant Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 150127 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Ch. Orch
Label : Novalis
1:24 PM
Symphony No. 4 in a Op 63
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 445865 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
1:37 PM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : John Digney, oboe
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 7124 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
1:47 PM
H.M.S. PINAFORE: When I was a lad
Artist : Richard Stuart, baritone
Album :
Composer : Gilbert & Sullivan
Catalog : 80374 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:51 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in d
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 37772 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:06 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Benno Moiseivich, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 2326 CD
Conductor : Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
2:29 PM
DON CARLO: Dio che nell’alma infondere
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 47275 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
2:35 PM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 7005 CD
Conductor : Andrew Schenck
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:46 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 61
Artist : Vadim Repin, violin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 9663 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:56 PM
Messiah: Let All the Angels of God
Artist : Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 5247 CD
Conductor : Ivars Taurins
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : CBC(RCI)
3:00 PM
Romance Op 62
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 47622 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:08 PM
Symphony No. 2 Op 16
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 8880 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
3:40 PM
The Merchant of Venice Overture Op 76
Artist :
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Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 572501 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : West Australian Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
4:06 PM
Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in d
Artist : Glenn Gould, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 60211 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:32 PM
In the Well: Moonrise
Artist :
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Composer : Vilem Blodek
Catalog : 101429 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:40 PM
RUSALKA: O Lovely Moon
Artist : Anna Netrebko, soprano
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 80403 CD
Conductor : Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:47 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 65110 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Banks of Green Willow
Artist :
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
5:14 PM
La Valse
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:28 PM
Symphony No. 2 (1937-39-41/1975) in F
Artist :
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 970 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis


People's Choice Concert with Host Gregg Whiteside
2:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st!

"The People's Choice" concert is free and it's on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Mann Center. Gregg Whiteside is host.

WRTI has teamed up with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to present our first-ever People's Choice Concert. Join us at the Mann on August 1st when the Fabulous Philadelphians play a program selected by YOU!

Voting took place in June; thanks so much to everyone who participated!

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Classic Music and Jazz for July 3rd and 4th
1:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Music for Your Independence Day Holiday!

We're celebrating America's independence with American classical music during the day and nostalgic jazz at night on July 3rd and 4th. Join us!


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Creatively Speaking.
4:35 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held

In Richard Strauss' SALOME, the character depicting John the Baptist is beheaded after he refuses the advances of Salome.

It was a Bible story, and then a French play by Oscar Wilde. Then it was translated into German, before Strauss turned it into his opera, Salome. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a production from May, 2014 continued the evolution of this complex and compelling work of art.

On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' Salome.

Bass-baritone Alan Held talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his character, Jochanaan (John the Baptist).

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:12 pm

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an NPR member station.

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Station Announcements
12:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Where We Are...WRTI at the End of Fiscal Year 2013/2014

WRTI Station Manager Bill Johnson

As we get closer to the end of WRTI's fiscal year on June 30th, I'd like to express how very grateful we are to all of our members who contributed during the last year.

If you renewed online, gave an additional gift because you received a letter, contributed for the first time because of a member drive, donated a vehicle, arranged a planned gift...thank you! If you're one of over a thousand sustaining members who invest in WRTI every month...thank you! It's all greatly appreciated.

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Creatively Speaking
12:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Your Brain On Music: The Science Behind The Pleasure

It’s no secret that a favorite piece of music can evoke profound pleasure and emotion. We've all experienced the “chills” response. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears from a neuroscientist about the visceral and culturally conditioned effect of music on the brain.

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Creatively Speaking
7:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Renaissance Man, Pianist Stephen Hough, Explores "The Night" in His New CD

Once named by The Economist magazine as one  of the world’s 20 living polymaths, pianist Stephen Hough pursues a variety of  interests, from music to poetry to painting. In 2001 he became the first classical music performer to win the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this versatile artist, and his most recent CD.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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