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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March 04, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto for 2 violins in D Op 35, RV 511
Artist : Viktoria Mullova, violin; Giuliano Carmignola, violin
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4777466 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:20 AM
Symphony No. 22 in C, K. 162
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 412954 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 15934 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 426271 CD
Conductor : Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Philips
7:06 AM
Amahl and the Night Visitors: Dance Suite
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
7:15 AM
Purple Pageant
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Composer : Karl King
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Albert F. Schoepper
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
5 Variations on Rule Britannia in D, WoO 79
Artist : John Ogdon, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 85761 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:28 AM
Jeux d’enfants Children’s Games Op 22
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 64869 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
Concerto No. 7 a cinque in A Op 7
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
7:48 AM
Morceau de concert in G Op 62
Artist : Dong-suk Kang,violin
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 550752 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 68132 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:18 AM
Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass? Op 47, No. 7
Artist : Takako Nishizaki, violin
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 555332 CD
Conductor : Peter Breiner
Orchestra : The Queensland Symphony Orch.
Label : Naxos
8:28 AM
English Folk Song Suite
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 15 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
8:42 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:48 AM
Concerto for 3 Trumpets in D
Artist : Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
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Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 42478 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
ELIZA Overture
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
9:14 AM
Danish Folk Music Suite
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Joseph Kreines)
Catalog : 26 CD
Conductor : Col. Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
9:35 AM
In The South (Alassio) overture Op 50
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 16 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : LondonPhil
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso in D, RV 562a
Artist : Adrian Chandler, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 2154 CD
Conductor : Adrian Chandler
Orchestra : La Serenissima
Label : Avie
10:15 AM
Violin Concerto in a Op 53
Artist : Josef Suk, violin
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 1928 CD
Conductor : Karel Ancerl
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
10:48 AM
Concerto 3 harpsichords in d, BWV 1063
Artist : Robert Hill, harpsichord; Michael Behringer, harpsichord; Christoph Anselm Noll, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 554605 CD
Conductor : Helmut Muller-Bruhl
Orchestra : Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:04 AM
Three Romances for piano Op 21
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
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Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Op 38 Spring
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 2003 CD
Conductor : Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : PhilOrch.
12:06 PM
Solemn Overture Op 73
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in a Op 85
Artist : Stephen Hough, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 8507 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:49 PM
Nocturne in B Op 40
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 414370 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:59 PM
Swan Lake Highlights Op 20
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Romance Op 11
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Composer : Gerald Finzi
Catalog : 5101 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
2:09 PM
Violin Concertos 1-4 The Four Seasons Op 8
Artist : Robert Atchison, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 7375 CD
Orchestra : Altamira Chamber Orchestra
Label : Guild
3:00 PM
Sinfonietta Flamenca
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Composer : Carlos Surinach
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Robert Whitney
Orchestra : Louisville Orchestra
Label : FirstEditn
3:14 PM
Iberia: No. 10 Malaga
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80470 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:22 PM
Fantasia Andaluza for Harp and Orchestra
Artist : soloist unknown
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Composer : Salvador Bacarisse
Catalog : 118 CD
Conductor : Antoni Ros Marba
Orchestra : Seville Royal Symphony Orch
Label : Almaviva
3:41 PM
Artist : Michael Ponti, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 5067 CD
Conductor : Paul Angerer
Orchestra : Southwest German Chamber Orch
Label : Vox/MMG
4:06 PM
Suite William Byrd
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Composer : Gordon Jacob
Catalog : 2009 CD
Conductor : Col. Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
4:26 PM
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 433074 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
At Twilight Op 39
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Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3197 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Prague Radio Symphony
Label : Supraphon
5:06 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel)
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:18 PM
The Bard Op 64
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 1147 CD
Conductor : John Storgards
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
5:28 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Op 92
Artist : Pietro Massa, piano
Album :
Composer : Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Catalog : 5046 CD
Conductor : Alessandro Crudele
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Label : Capriccio


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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