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 17, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony Pastorella in D Op 5
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 9661 CD
Conductor : Matthias Bamert
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : Chandos
6:21 AM
Serenade for Sring Orchestra
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 5227 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
6:30 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in E-Flat
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
6:40 AM
Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op 1
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 11 CD
Conductor : Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 Flutes in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 150074 CD
Conductor : Martin Haselbock
Orchestra : Wiener Akademie
Label : Novalis
7:14 AM
Under the Double Eagle
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Josef Franz Wagner
Catalog : 80122 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:19 AM
CLO, CLO Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 999891 CD
Conductor : Michail Jurowski
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : CPO
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 (after Scarlatti)in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
7:41 AM
Concertino for Clarinet & Orch in E-Flat Op 26
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 67989 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
7:52 AM
Legend No. 4 in C Op 59
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3533 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:06 AM
El Salon Mexico
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 42429 CD
Conductor : Aaron Copland
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:19 AM
The Merrymakers
Artist :
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 223445 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:26 AM
String Symphony No. 1 in C
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:39 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5149 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
8:48 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, oboes, vn, string in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Orestia Overture Op 6
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sergei Taneyev
Catalog : 8953 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:25 AM
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Artist : Sol Gabetta, cello
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 75951 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Munich Radio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:46 AM
Artist : Sergei Stadler, violin
Album :
Composer : Arsenyi Koreshchenko
Catalog : 58 CD
Conductor : Aleksander Lazarev
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso in b Op 2
Artist :
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Composer : John Stanley
Catalog : 638 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
10:14 AM
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A
Artist : Maria Joao Pires, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4776607 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:42 AM
Rondeau for glass harmonica & strings in B-Flat
Artist : Thomas Bloch, glass harmonica
Album :
Composer : Johann Friedrich Reichardt
Catalog : 555295 CD
Label : Naxos
10:51 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 4 in c Op 12
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sergei Taneyev
Catalog : 2005 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Orch. of the Mariinsky Theatre
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Concerto IX - Victoria Maesta in c
Artist :
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Composer : Georg Muffat
Catalog : 555743 CD
Conductor : Peter Zajicek
Orchestra : Musica Aeterna Bratislava
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Baryton Trio No. 97 in D
Artist : David Geringas, baryton
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 999094 CD
Label : CPO
12:40 PM
Oracion del Torero (Bullfighter’s Prayer) Op 34
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Turina
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:53 PM
Symphony in D
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Juan Crisostomo Arriaga
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
1:21 PM
La Boite a Jou-Joux (Marionette Ballet)
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 45819 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : Basel Symphony Orchestra
Label : Erato
2:00 PM
Duet for soprano and tenor after the
Artist : ...and various soloists
Album :
Composer : Sergei Taneyev
Catalog : 9034 CD
Conductor : Peter Tiboris
Orchestra : Moscow Radio/TV Symphony Orch.
Label : Bridge
2:14 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Op 75
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label :
2:48 PM
Serenade Melancolique in b-Flat Op 26
Artist : Maxim Vengerov, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 56966 CD
Conductor : Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Minuet in G Op 14
Artist : Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Album :
Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 80491 CD
Label : Telarc
3:05 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 17
Artist : Earl Wild, piano
Album :
Composer : Ignace Jan Paderewski
Catalog : 82266 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Elan
3:40 PM
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 48272 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:06 PM
Piano Concerto
Artist : Jean-Bernard Pommier, piano
Album :
Composer : Francis Poulenc
Catalog : 22045 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Vrgn Clscs
4:29 PM
MANON: En fermant les yeux: Le Reve/ Il
Artist : Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Album :
Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 75915 CD
Conductor : Hans Muller-Kray
Orchestra : Bavarian State Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:34 PM
MANON: Je suis encor toute etourdie
Artist : Renee Fleming, soprano
Album :
Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 467049 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 412236 CD
Conductor : Silvio Varviso
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
4:47 PM
Swedish National Airs with Variations Op 52
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 557844 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
In Italien Overture Op 49
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 12552 CD
Conductor : Andras Korodi
Orchestra : Budapest Philharmonic Orch.
Label : Hungaroton
5:20 PM
Polonaise No. 2 in e-Flat Op 26
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
5:31 PM
Charge of the Light Brigade (film score)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 223608 CD
Conductor : Richard Kaufman
Orchestra : Brandenburg Philharm. Potsdam
Label : MarcoPolo


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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