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 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Guitar Concerto in A, RV 82 (arrangement of lute and violin sonata)
Artist : Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Emilio Pujol)
Catalog : 45312 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
6:18 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 9366 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Leonore Overture No. 1 in C Op 138
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 148 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Pentatone
6:43 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore and strings in A, BWV 1055
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Les Belles Americaines
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 80294 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:15 AM
The Washington Post March (1889)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434334 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Impressions d’Italie: On the Hill-Tops
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Composer : Gustave Charpentier
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 3176 CD
Conductor : John Hsu
Orchestra : The Vivaldi Project
Label : Centaur
7:40 AM
MAGIC FLUTE, K. 620: Overture
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 85060 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:49 AM
D’Kernmad’ln (Original Styrian Dance) Op 58
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225172 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Razumovsky Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Concerto No. 12 in F Op 4
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
8:43 AM
Waverley Overture Op 1
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Liebestraum No. 3
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Composer : Franz Liszt (arr. Victor Herbert)
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 434321 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
9:24 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 75
Artist : Vladimir Feltsman,piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 45756 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : National Sym Orch/Wash.,D.C.
Label : CBS/Sony
9:42 AM
Suite No. 1 for 2 pianos in F Op 15
Artist : Brenda Lucas, piano; John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 69386 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Guitar Concerto in A Op 8
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 426263 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:18 AM
Burleske Op 11
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1346 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : MSR
10:42 AM
Violin Concerto (School Concerto) No. 2 Op 13
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Friedrich Seitz (arr. Bruce Adolphe)
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Julliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:53 AM
Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 270
Artist : Danzi Quartet
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 60115 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
11:06 AM
Symphony No. 6 in D Op 60
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
12:06 PM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 94615 CD
Conductor : Helmut Rilling
Orchestra : Oregon Bach Festival Chmb Orch
Label : Hanssler
12:19 PM
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Op 44
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano; Dora Schwarzberg, violin; Renaud Capucon, violin; Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, viola; Mark Drobinsky, cello
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 76871 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:49 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 47659 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
1:22 PM
Tragedy of Salome Op 50
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Composer : Florent Schmitt
Catalog : 2647 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
2:00 PM
Symphony in E-Flat Op 9, No. 2
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 65733 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Angel/EMI
2:15 PM
Piano Trio in B-Flat Op 97 Archduke
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 122 CD
Orchestra : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Label : PhoenixEd
3:00 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 54237 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
3:12 PM
Symphony No. 86 in D
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 62976 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:40 PM
Serenade in G
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Composer : E. J. Moeran
Catalog : 64721 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Symphonie Concertante for violin & Viola in D
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, viola
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Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:29 PM
Overture on a Spanish March Theme
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 1000153 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
4:44 PM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4 Op 22
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 50009 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
5:06 PM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Capriccio Sinfonico
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 63025 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:30 PM
The Yellow River Concerto
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Yin Chengzong, Chua Wanhua
Catalog : 8233 CD
Conductor : Long Yu
Orchestra : China Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:52 PM
Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Op 27
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 10774 CD
Label : D. Gramphn


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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