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 20, 2014

6:06 AM
Victoria Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
6:17 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:31 AM
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Composer : Jose Pablo Moncayo
Catalog : 90227 CD
Conductor : Maximiano Valdes
Orchestra : Bolivar Symph.Orch./Venezuela
Label : Dorian
6:41 AM
Symphony in B-Flat Op 3
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Composer : Franz Ignaz Beck
Catalog : 570799 CD
Conductor : Kevin Mallon
Orchestra : Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Swan Lake: Act I: Waltz Op 20
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:14 AM
Black Jack
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Composer : Fred Huffer
Catalog : 5 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
Die Romantiker Op 167
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 1564 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 74168 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Italiani
Label : Denon
7:41 AM
Mein Jesu was fur Seelenweh befahlt dich
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Stokowski)
Catalog : 98555 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:48 AM
Oboe Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Richard Woodhams, oboe
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Composer : Sir William Herschel
Catalog : 85612 CD
Conductor : Davis Jerome
Orchestra : The Mozart Orchestra
Label : Newport
8:06 AM
Athalia Overture Op 74
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 81788 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:17 AM
Crown Imperial
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 553981 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Piano Concerto No. 7 in F
Artist : Hae-Won Chang, piano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550713 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Camerata Cassovia
Label : Naxos
8:39 AM
L’Enfant prodigue (1850)
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 1039 CD
Conductor : B. Tommy Andersson
Orchestra : Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
Label : Sterling
8:49 AM
Prelude Pastorale
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:06 AM
Scene de Ballet Op 100
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Juilliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:17 AM
BARBER OF SEVILLE arr. for winds
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini (arr. Wenzel Sedlak)
Catalog : 190 CD
Orchestra : Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Label : Pentatone
9:42 AM
Morceau de Concert in G Op 154
Artist : Catherine Michel, harp
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 3019 CD
Conductor : Louis de Froment
Orchestra : Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Label : Vox/MMG
10:00 AM
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
10:22 AM
Violin Sonata in E-Flat
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : CanaryClas
10:35 AM
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in b-Flat Op 255
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
10:52 AM
Symphony No. 1 in D
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:20 AM
Coppelia: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 125 CD
Conductor : Martin West
Orchestra : San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Label : Reference
12:06 PM
Symphony in d Op 3
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Composer : Franz Ignaz Beck
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
12:24 PM
String Quartet No. 11 Serioso in f Op 95
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 4758503 CD
Orchestra : Quartetto Italiano
Label : Philips
12:46 PM
Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat
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Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 47653 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 74518 CD
Conductor : Andre Cluytens
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Seraphim
2:17 PM
Symphony No. 1 in g
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 8611 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
3:00 PM
Egmont Overture Op 84
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 105 CD
Conductor : David Parry
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
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3:09 PM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in b Op 32
Artist : Philippe Quint, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 570360 CD
Conductor : Kirk Trevor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Rounds for String Orchestra
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Composer : David Diamond
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
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4:06 PM
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:31 PM
Marche militaire no. 3 in E-Flat Op 51
Artist : Christoph Eschenbach, piano; Justus Frantz, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 385853 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
4:39 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
4:51 PM
Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra
Artist : Andrea Magnani, bassoon
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4784916 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Orch. Sinf. di Milano G. Verdi
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Concerto for 2 trumpets in C, RV 537
Artist : Bibi Black, trumpet; Jeffrey Kaye, trumpet
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 54620 CD
Conductor : Claudio Scimone
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:16 PM
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Composer : Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski
Catalog : 369 CD
Conductor : Grzegorz Nowak
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Accord
5:30 PM
Once upon a time in America: Main theme
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Composer : Ennio Morricone
Catalog : 60706 CD
Conductor : Henry Mancini
Orchestra : Henry Mancini's Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:37 PM
Piano Concerto (Concerto Soiree)
Artist : Benedetto Lupo, piano
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 901864 CD
Conductor : Josep Pons
Orchestra : City of Granada Orchestra
Label : Harm Mundi


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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