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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Playlist

January 18, 2013

6:06 AM
School for Scandal Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 49463 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:16 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
Sonata
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:39 AM
Flute Concerto in G
Artist : Jiri Valek, flute
Album :
Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 1871 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Valek
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
7:06 AM
Jota de Pablo Op 52
Artist : Tianwa Yang, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 572216 CD
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo
Orchestra : Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Dale Harpham
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
AIDA: Ballet music
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 52489 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:26 AM
Bassoon Concerto in a
Artist : Martin Gatt, bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6627 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
Imperial March Op 32
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 16 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
7:47 AM
Le Dieu et la bayadere: Ballet Music
Artist :
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:06 AM
MIGNON: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Ambroise Thomas
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
8:16 AM
SAMSON ET DELILA: Bacchanale Op 47
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63412 CD
Conductor : Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
Symphony in D
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick the Great
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Helicon
8:39 AM
Deux Morceaux Op 36
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
Album :
Composer : Cesar Cui
Catalog : 91134 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:50 AM
Paganini Etude No. 2 La Capricciosa in E-Flat
Artist : Andre Watts, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 64599 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
ALI BABA: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Franco Petracchi
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:13 AM
Nights In the Gardens of Spain
Artist : Artur Rubinstein, piano
Album :
Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 63070 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:36 AM
Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6579 CD
Conductor : Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Denon
10:00 AM
Brigg Fair
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:16 AM
Kaleydoskop: Orientale Op 50
Artist : Richard Naill, cello
Album :
Composer : Cesar Cui
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : Bard
10:21 AM
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in E Op 38
Artist :
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Composer : Cesar Cui
Catalog : 223400 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
11:02 AM
Symphony No. 1 in d Op 13
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 75510 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Joyeuse Marche
Artist :
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 421527 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:11 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Op 56
Artist : Seta Tanyel, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Catalog : 67365 CD
Conductor : Tadeusz Strugala
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : Hyperion
12:54 PM
Passioni amorose for 2 dbl basses & orch
Artist : Thomas Martin, double bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Matthew Gibson
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:07 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 7 in D Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
1:19 PM
Petrouchka
Artist :
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Composer : Igor Stravinsky
Catalog : 74305 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
The Water Goblin (Symphonic Poem) Vodnik Op 107
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 9391 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:23 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
Album :
Composer : John Field
Catalog : 80370 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Fantasy for clarinet and orchestra on
Artist : Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 61976 CD
Conductor : Jorg Faerber
Orchestra : Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:12 PM
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Op 16
Artist : James Levine, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 419785 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Harp (or Organ)Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Op 4
Artist : Marie-Claire Jamet, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Paul Kuentz
Orchestra : Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
4:06 PM
Suite Pastorale
Artist :
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 8852 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:27 PM
LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX Overture
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Tullio Serafin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:36 PM
MARIA STUARDA: Ah! dal ciel discenda un
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 12818 CD
Conductor : Roberto Abbado
Orchestra : Orch del Teatro Com di Bologna
Label : D. Gramphn
4:42 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 47725 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
Flemish Rhapsody (1931)
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Schoemaker
Catalog : 920101 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : Discover
5:17 PM
Drapa for large orchestra (1908)
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 395 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
5:30 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Un bel di vedremo
Artist :
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:36 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY Portrait
Artist : Yvar Mikhashoff, piano
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 154 CD
Label : Mode
5:52 PM
Miss Saigon Suite
Artist : and others
Album :
Composer : Claude-Michel Schonberg
Catalog : 80498 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc

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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades

Van Cliburn in a ticker-tape parade in 1958 after winning the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition. He's the only musician to ever receive a ticker-tape parade tribute in New York City.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist Van Cliburn,  who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.

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Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey is an epicenter for excellence in choral music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, one of Westminster’s choirs can be heard on WRTI on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm, conducted by a now very well-known alum of the school.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) at work in his apartment in NYC in 1947.
Photographic proof by Victor Kraft Library of Congress

A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a Porgy and Bess manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,  is a place where performers, composers, scholars and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.

Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, Leonard Bernstein faithfully chronicles the progress of West Side Story during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show’s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.  The letters reveal Bernstein’s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.  In addition to comments about West Side Story, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. Read the letters here.

The Special Collections of the Music Division are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.

Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Senior Music Specialist Raymond White and Music Division Director Susan Vita.

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! Gregg Whiteside will be your host for the evening. Astral Artist Eunice Kim (violin) will be the soloist.

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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!

CLASSICAL

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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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