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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia melodica in C
Artist : Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
6:18 AM
Harp Concerto No. 5 in F Op 4
Artist : Sylvia Kowalczuk, harp
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 31550 CD
Conductor : Aristid von Wurtzler
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : Hungaroton
6:31 AM
Four Scottish Dances Op 59
Artist :
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 8867 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:41 AM
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op 40
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 73279 CD
Conductor : Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra : BBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Teldec
7:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 62653 CD
Conductor : Ralf Weikert
Orchestra : La Fenice orch.& Chor.(Venice)
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
Radetzky March Op 228
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 4 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:18 AM
Das Jahr: No.11 November
Artist : Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Album :
Composer : Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel)
Catalog : 6666 CD
Label : Arabesque
7:27 AM
Harpsichord Concerto in G
Artist : Peter Westermann, oboe
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
7:40 AM
Ruler of the Spirits Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 4758140 CD
Conductor : Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 23 in D
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 45544 CD
Conductor : Ton Koopman
Orchestra : Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Label : Erato
8:06 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 3 Sarka
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 54331 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:18 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in D-Flat Op 72
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 730 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
8:26 AM
Concerto for Two Violins and Lute in D
Artist : Pepe Romero, guitar
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
8:40 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Henry Purcell
Catalog : 2882 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Intersound
8:50 AM
Villanelle for Horn & Orch
Artist : Radek Baborak, horn
Album :
Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 3348 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Chmbr Philharmonic Orch
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Douglas Davis, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3011 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Label : Delos
9:13 AM
Suite for flute (or recorder) & strings in a
Artist : Erik Bosgraaf, recorder
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 124 CD
Conductor : Thierry Fischer
Orchestra : Netherlands Radio Chamber Phil
Label : Nederland
9:44 AM
Two English Idylls
Artist :
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Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 47945 CD
Conductor : Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:00 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 553546 CD
Conductor : Rico Saccani
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : Naxos
10:19 AM
Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Artist : Michael Korstick, piano
Album :
Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 777658 CD
Conductor : Alun Francis
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
10:46 AM
Dance Rhapsody No. 1
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
11:00 AM
Suite for 2 horns, strings in F
Artist : Hermann Baumann, horn
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 412226 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
11:15 AM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 3015 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Delos
12:06 PM
Simple Symphony Op 4
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Composer : Benjamin Britten
Catalog : 6592 CD
Conductor : Ronald Thomas
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
12:24 PM
String Quartet No. 13 in a Op 29
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 6687 CD
Orchestra : Guarneri Quartet
Label : Arabesque
12:58 PM
Concerto for Piano, Violin & Orchestra
Artist : Sergei Krylov, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Viotti
Catalog : 151 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Czarnecki
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Agora
1:16 PM
Concerto for Orchestra (2002)
Artist :
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80620 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
2:00 PM
Divertimento No. 3 in F
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 9045 CD
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra : I Musici de Montreal
Label : Chandos
2:15 PM
Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4782365 CD
Conductor : Bernard Haitink
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:00 PM
Ballad of the Gnomes
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 4028 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
3:17 PM
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Artist : Alexander Besa, viola
Album :
Composer : Rebecca Clarke
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : Artimus
3:40 PM
Wallenstein’s Camp, Symphonic poem Op 14
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 1915 CD
Conductor : Karel Sejna
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:06 PM
Musikalischer Telegraph No. 5 Potpourri Op 106
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss
Catalog : 225285 CD
Conductor : Christian Pollack
Orchestra : Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina
Label : MarcoPolo
4:25 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 550087 CD
Conductor : Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
4:33 PM
FAUST: Jewel Song: Air des bijoux
Artist : Joan Sutherland, soprano
Album :
Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 4758367 CD
Conductor : Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : London/Dec
4:40 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
5:06 PM
Schwanda the Bagpiper
Artist :
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Composer : Jaromier Weinberger
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:16 PM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Laura Mikkola, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 790 CD
Conductor : Jean Jacques Kantorow
Orchestra : Tapiola Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
5:29 PM
The Adventures of Marco Polo Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Friedhofer
Catalog : 223857 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:44 PM
Ocean’s Kingdom: Ocean’s Kingdom
Artist :
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Composer : Paul McCartney
Catalog : 33250 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : London Classical Orchestra
Label : Telarc


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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