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 25, 2014

6:06 AM
AIDA: Ballet music
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 4776118 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553408 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Oboe Concerto
Artist : Andrea Gullickson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Francois-Joseph Garnier
Catalog : 1037 CD
Conductor : Lucia Matos
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : Cala
6:40 AM
Suite from Smetana’s Sketchbook
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana (reconstructed by Smolka)
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
7:06 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:15 AM
Colonel Bogey
Artist :
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Composer : Kenneth J. Alford
Catalog : 68757 CD
Conductor : John Anderson
Orchestra : Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Label : RCA/BMG
7:19 AM
Bourree Fantasque
Artist :
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 88018 CD
Conductor : Armin Jordan
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
7:41 AM
Tantalus’s Torment Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:50 AM
Rathausball Tanze Waltz Op 438
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 91377 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
IL TROVATORE: Anvil Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi (Arr. Christopher Palmer)
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
8:14 AM
Concerto No. 2 in g Op 3, RV 578
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin; Daniel Stabrawa, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 57859 CD
Conductor :
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
8:26 AM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 104 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Univ of Texas Wind Ensemble
Label : Reference
8:39 AM
Overture Characteristique et brilliante in b
Artist : Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 45936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
8:49 AM
Romance in C Op 48
Artist : Dong-suk Kang,violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550752 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 75502 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:20 AM
Oboe Quartet in D Op 8
Artist : Paul Goodwin, oboe
Album :
Composer : Carl Stamitz
Catalog : 2908627 CD
Orchestra : Terzetto
Label : Harm Mundi
9:37 AM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
Artist : Dale Clevenger, horn
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 472798 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Dance Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Bela Bartok
Catalog : 557433 CD
Conductor : Marin Alsop
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto in A-Flat Op 94
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Josef Rheinberger
Catalog : 5065 CD
Conductor : Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:49 AM
Romanze Op 85
Artist : Rainer Moog, Viola
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6071 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Balzer
Orchestra : Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : EBS
10:59 AM
La Peri
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 80515 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 39
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 2008 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Symphony in D, K. 120
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4802577 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
12:14 PM
Piano Trio No. 21 HOB XV:8 in B-Flat
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 3126 CD
Orchestra : Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Label : Centaur
12:29 PM
Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat
Artist : Erna Spoorenberg, soprano; Gwyneth Annear, alto; John Mitchenson, tenor; Donald McIntyre, bass Leeds Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 89499 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in b
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 62406 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:28 PM
Piano Quintet in D Op 51
Artist : Adam Neiman, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 92143 CD
Orchestra : Ying Quartet
Label :
3:00 PM
Violin Concerto in g
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47856 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:13 PM
IL TROVATORE: Ballet Music
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 572818 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:37 PM
Konzertstuck for piano & orch in f Op 79
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
The White Peacock
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Composer : Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Catalog : 3099 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
4:14 PM
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. John Bourgeois)
Catalog : 11169 CD
Conductor : Thomas G. Leslie
Orchestra : UNLV Wind Orchestra
Label : Klavier
4:29 PM
ANDREA CHENIER: Un di all’azzuro spazio
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor
Album :
Composer : Umberto Giordano
Catalog : 62518 CD
Conductor : Gottfried Rabl
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
4:34 PM
Artist : Enrico Caruso, tenor; Ruggiero Leoncavallom, piano
Album :
Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 68543 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Carnival of the Animals
Artist : Hugh Downs, narrator
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 68131 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:06 PM
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Jean Fournet
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
5:18 PM
Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos (Silhouettes) Op 23
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 8898 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
5:39 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Stephen Sondheim (arr. Jonathon Tunick)
Catalog : 416499 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:50 PM
On Your Toes: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Catalog : 68550 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG


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!


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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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