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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February 08, 2013

6:06 AM
Pelleas et Melisande Op 80
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 38471 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:24 AM
Rondo in C Op 51, No. 1
Artist : Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758613 CD
Label : London/Dec
6:32 AM
Remeniscences from the Norwegian Mts.
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:43 AM
Symphonic Minutes Op 36
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 572303 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Danzon Cubano
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 37257 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:14 AM
Die Regimentskinder March
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 46 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : VangrdOmeg
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 2in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
7:41 AM
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
7:50 AM
Valse de Concert No. 1 in D Op 47
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Leighton Smith
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : Sheffield
8:06 AM
Hussite Overture Husitska Op 67
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:21 AM
Hungarian Dance No. 20 in e
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 3433 CD
Conductor : Yoav Talmi
Orchestra : San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pro Arte
8:26 AM
Symphony in D Op 9
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9985 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
8:40 AM
EURYANTHE Overture Op 81
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:50 AM
Adagio in g
Artist : Oxford New College Choir
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 21659 CD
Conductor : Edward Higginbottom
Label : Erato
9:06 AM
Judith: Overture
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
9:16 AM
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 50917 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:46 AM
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Op 3
Artist : Antony Cooke, cello
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 2956 CD
Label : Centaur
10:00 AM
Sinfonia Le campane di Roma
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Composer : Giuseppe Demachi
Catalog : 63430 CD
Conductor : Fabio Biondi
Orchestra : Europa Galante
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : Adele Anthony, violin
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Arvo Volmer
Orchestra : Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Label : CanaryClas
10:51 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:05 AM
Marche Fantaisie
Artist : Franz Hauk, organ
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Composer : Alexandre Guilmant
Catalog : 7215 CD
Conductor : Olaf Koch
Orchestra : Philharmonic Ingolstadt
Label : Guild
11:16 AM
Le Rouet d’Omphale: Op 31
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550138 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
11:26 AM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 87 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chesky Rec
12:06 PM
Symphony No. 6 in F
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 139 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto in E-Flat Op 42
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
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Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572742 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:53 PM
Sinfonia in A Op 3
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Composer : Anton Wilhelm Solnitz
Catalog : 92037 CD
Orchestra : Musica Ad Rhenum
Label : Nederland
1:07 PM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 7 Op 24
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Composer : Nikolai Miaskovsky
Catalog : 223113 CD
Conductor : Michael Halasz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra (1888)
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:07 PM
BORIS GODUNOV: Symphonic Synthesis
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 557645 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
2:33 PM
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 550792 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Poem for Flute & Orchestra
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 434307 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
3:11 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 3885 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:38 PM
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 9225 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Isle of the Dead, The Op 29
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 436283 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:29 PM
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 555791 CD
Label : Naxos
4:35 PM
L’ELISIR D’AMORE: Una furtiva lagrima
Artist : Chorus of the Roy. Opera House
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 92845 CD
Conductor : John Pritchard
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : CBS/Sony
4:42 PM
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 6509 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : JVC
5:06 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:16 PM
The Oak
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Composer : Florence Price
Catalog : 7518 CD
Conductor : Apo Hsu
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:31 PM
Famous tenor arias
Artist : Doc Severinsen, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 80223 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:43 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


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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