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 11, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in D
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
6:24 AM
Valse-Scherzo in C Op 34
Artist : Viktor Tretyakov, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : USSR State Sym. Orch.
Label :
6:32 AM
Overture No. 6 in d
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
6:42 AM
American Rhapsody Op 47
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 999308 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Concerto in F
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:14 AM
A Century of Progress
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:19 AM
Coppelia: Mazurka and Waltz
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 45658 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:27 AM
Flute Concerto in b
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
7:41 AM
Scherzo in d
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 55140 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Victoria Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
8:06 AM
La Jota Aragonese
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Composer : Mikhail Glinka
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:15 AM
Sinfonia in A
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Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Rhapsody on School Years for Piano & Op 75
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
8:39 AM
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 65119 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : Halle Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:46 AM
Ballade and Passacaglia Op 38
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999732 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : Radio Philharm. Hannover NDR
Label : CPO
9:06 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
9:14 AM
Piano Concerto No. 20 in d
Artist : Martha Argerich, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 98407 CD
Conductor : Alexandre Rabinovitch
Orchestra : Veneto/Padua Chamber Orchestra
Label : Teldec
9:45 AM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:00 AM
Drot og Marsk King and Marshal
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Composer : Peter Heise
Catalog : 1018 CD
Conductor : Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Sterling
10:11 AM
Symphony No. 27 in G
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 554405 CD
Conductor : Bela Drahos
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
10:27 AM
Double-bass Concerto in b
Artist : Edgar Meyer, double bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 60956 CD
Conductor : Hugh Wolff
Orchestra : Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:45 AM
Slovak Suite Op 32
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Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3372 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Philharmonic
Label : Supraphon
11:15 AM
Piano Concerto in g Op 33
Artist : Rudolf Firkusny, piano
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 60781 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:06 PM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
12:12 PM
Horn Trio in E-Flat Op 40
Artist : Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 54800 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
12:44 PM
Symphony No. 9 in d
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
2:00 PM
String Symphony No. 8 in D
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
2:28 PM
Piano Concerto in f-Sharp Op 10
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
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Composer : Hans von Bronsart
Catalog : 5067 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
3:00 PM
Violin Concerto in G
Artist : Ariadne Daskalakis, violin
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Tartini
Catalog : 551243 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:17 PM
Symphony No. 4
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Composer : Carlos Chavez
Catalog : 1058 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : State of Mexico Symphony
Label : ASV
3:41 PM
Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4 in G
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Composer : Luigi Boccherini
Catalog : 126 CD
Conductor : Ophélie Gaillard
Orchestra : Pulcinella
Label : Ambroisie
4:06 PM
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 63128 CD
Conductor : Bruno Campanella
Orchestra : Paris National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:14 PM
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 417011 CD
Conductor : Richard Bonynge
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:23 PM
Chacony a 4 in g
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 557753 CD
Conductor : Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
4:32 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Humming Chorus (Act 2)
Artist : and Chorus
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 64766 CD
Conductor : Gabriele Santini
Orchestra : Teatro dell'Opera Orch., Rome
Label : Angel/EMI
4:37 PM
MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Un bel di vedremo
Artist : Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 57955 CD
Conductor : Anton Coppola
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : Angel/EMI
4:44 PM
Norwegian Dances Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 44722 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Estonian National Symph Orch
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
Der Fremdenfuhrer: Overture
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Composer : Carl Michael Ziehrer
Catalog : 225332 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:14 PM
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 39783 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:36 PM
BEN HUR: Choral Suite
Artist : Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Album :
Composer : Miklos Rozsa
Catalog : 80631 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc


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!

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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