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 28, 2014

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in B-Flat Op 6
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 423626 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
6:17 AM
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3 Op 21
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Composer : Johan Svendsen
Catalog : 1085 CD
Conductor : Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra : Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Label : Simax
6:30 AM
Harpsichord Suite in d
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 10 CD
Conductor : Dorina Frati
Orchestra : Terroni Plectrum-Inst. Orch.
Label : Espera
6:40 AM
Introduction & Allegro for piano & orch. in d Op 134
Artist : Rudolf Serkin, piano
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 46272 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Polonaise in C Op 49
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 47505 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
The Model Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
7:28 AM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno) in F Op 8
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 64333 CD
Conductor : Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
Armenian Dances
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 432754 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:50 AM
Moldau-Klange Op 186
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 223617 CD
Conductor : Mika Eichenholz
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
8:18 AM
Rodeo: Hoe-Down
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 64249 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in e Op 20
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 90819 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : London Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:38 AM
Fantasy on a Hymn Tune
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Composer : Thomas Canning
Catalog : 80503 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:49 AM
Hofballtanze-Tanze Waltzes Op 161
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 67734 CD
Conductor : Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:14 AM
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in g Op 81
Artist : Elizabeth Hainen, harp
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Composer : Elias Parish-Alvars
Catalog : 2221 CD
Conductor : Rossen Milanov
Orchestra : Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Avie
9:46 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
10:00 AM
Rossiniana: Suite for Orchestra
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 41 CD
Conductor : Antonio Janigro
Orchestra : Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
10:23 AM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op 101
Artist : Heinrich Schiff, cello
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 420923 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:49 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in a
Artist : Misha Dichter, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 416463 CD
Label : Philips
11:00 AM
Divertissement sur des chansons russes Op 2
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Composer : Henri Benjamin Rabaud
Catalog : 65619 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Nat Orch des Pays de la Loire
Label : Angel/EMI
11:14 AM
Symphony No. 2 in A
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 1000170 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
12:06 PM
String Sonata No. 6 in D
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op 15
Artist : Helene Grimaud, piano
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 19046 CD
Conductor : Andris Nelsons
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : D. Gramphn
1:14 PM
Suite Populaire Espagnole
Artist : Ovidiu Marinescu, cello
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 3 CD
Label : Klarity
1:29 PM
Sinfonietta Op 60
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 62404 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 (1934)
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Composer : Roy Harris
Catalog : 515 CD
Conductor : David Alan Miller
Orchestra : Albany Symphony Orchestra
Label : Albany
2:22 PM
Billy the Kid: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 440639 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Argo
3:00 PM
Pezzo Capriccioso Op 62
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 91134 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:07 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
3:39 PM
Rhapsodie Espagnole
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 32106 CD
Conductor : Zoltan Kocsis
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : Hungaroton
4:32 PM
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 62406 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:45 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Prince Igor’s aria (Act II)
Artist : Yuri Nechaev, baritone
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 89 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
4:54 PM
Morceau de concert in G Op 62
Artist : Dong-suk Kang,violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550752 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
5:06 PM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:15 PM
BARBER OF SEVILLE: Largo al Factotum
Artist : Robert Merrill, baritone
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:22 PM
Comedy Overture
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Composer : Hamilton Harty
Catalog : 8314 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:38 PM
Concertino for Harp and Piano in d
Artist : Marielle Nordmann, harp
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Composer : Elias Parish-Alvars
Catalog : 592266 CD
Conductor : Theodore Guschlbaur
Orchestra : Strasbourg Philharmonic Orch
Label : FnacViaCla


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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