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 20, 2013

6:06 AM
Spring Overture (Yar-Khmel) Op 1
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 223629 CD
Conductor : Donald Johanos
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:17 AM
Wedding Scenes Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 223705 CD
Conductor : Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo
6:30 AM
Concerto No. 5 for 2 oboes and stringsin C Op 7
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553035 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 23 in G
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 550723 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Voices of Spring (Fruhlingsstimmen) Op 410
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4775566 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
Riders for the Flag
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 304 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Rustle of Spring Op 32
Artist : Leonard Pennario, piano
Album :
Composer : Christian Sinding
Catalog : 63661 CD
Conductor : Miklos Rozsa
Orchestra : Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:24 AM
Fruhlingslied Spring Song Op 71
Artist : Robert Silverman, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 82501 CD
Label : Marquis
7:28 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 15934 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
7:41 AM
Caprice-Valse Wedding Cake Op 76
Artist : Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 6026 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
7:49 AM
Trumpet Sinfonia Decima (No. 10) for 2
Artist : John Wallace, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bononcini
Catalog : 5017 CD
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Scherzo capriccioso Op 66
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 49995 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:20 AM
4 Indian Love Lyrics: Kashmiri Love Song
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
Album :
Composer : Amy Woodforde-Finden
Catalog : 59488 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
8:28 AM
Sinfonia No. 3 in C, Wq. 182
Artist :
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
8:43 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 8852 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
8:47 AM
Iberia: No. 3 Fete-Dieu a Seville
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Composer : Isaac Albeniz (arr. Stokowski)
Catalog : 80338 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Violin Concerto Spring in A
Artist : Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, violin
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Antonio Guido
Catalog : 213 CD
Orchestra : La Stravaganza
Label : ORF
9:20 AM
Kikimora Op 63
Artist :
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 442011 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
9:30 AM
Symphony on a French Mountain Air
Artist : N. Henriot-Schweitzer, piano
Album :
Composer : Vincent d'Indy
Catalog : 6805 CD
Conductor : Charles Munch
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:00 AM
Three Spring Miniatures
Artist :
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Composer : William S Lloyd Webber
Catalog : 9595 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
10:08 AM
blue cathedral
Artist :
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Composer : Jennifer Higdon
Catalog : 80596 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:22 AM
Cello Concerto in a Op 129
Artist : Truls Mork, cello
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 45664 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:49 AM
Springtime and Desire Op 93
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Composer : Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Catalog : 1822 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
11:09 AM
Symphony No. 8 Fruhlingsklange in A Op 205
Artist :
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Composer : Joachim Raff
Catalog : 223362 CD
Conductor : Urs Schneider
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
12:07 PM
Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758360 CD
Conductor : Karl Munchinger
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : London/Dec
12:24 PM
Bells Across The Meadows
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Composer : Albert W. Ketelbey
Catalog : 553515 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony
Label : Naxos
12:28 PM
Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C Op 72
Artist : Katia Labeque, piano
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 426264 CD
Label : Philips
12:31 PM
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in A-Flat Op 72
Artist : Katia Labeque, piano
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 426264 CD
Label : Philips
12:47 PM
Vespers: Psalm 113
Artist : The Crossing
Album :
Composer : Kile Smith
Catalog : 5809 CD
Conductor : Donald Nally
Orchestra : Piffaro Renaissance Band
Label : Navona
12:57 PM
Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in g Op 24
Artist : Michael Ludwig, violin
Album :
Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 572323 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
1:27 PM
Water Night
Artist : Eric Whitacre Singers
Album :
Composer : Eric Whitacre
Catalog : 14850 CD
Conductor : Eric Whitacre
Label : London/Dec
1:35 PM
Sonatina for violin & piano in G Op 100
Artist : Josef Suk, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 1078 CD
Label : Music&Arts
1:56 PM
Artist : BBC National Chorus of Wales
Album :
Composer : Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry
Catalog : 10740 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : BBC National Orch of Wales
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
A Perfect Day
Artist : Carlo Curley, organ
Album :
Composer : Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Catalog : 1025 CD
Label : RLF
2:06 PM
Four Seasons: No.1 Spring (La Primavera) in E Op 8
Artist : Pina Carmirelli, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 6778 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
2:18 PM
Vienna, City of my Dreams
Artist : Beverly Sills, soprano
Album :
Composer : Rudolf Sieczynski
Catalog : 2469 CD
Conductor : Julius Rudel
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:24 PM
Artist : Shanghai National Orchestra
Album :
Composer : Tan Dun
Catalog : 93927 CD
Conductor : Tan Dun
Orchestra : Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:29 PM
Toccata & Fugue in d, BWV 565
Artist : Florence Mustric, organ
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 1271 CD
Label : MSR
2:30 PM
CARMEN: Habanera: L’amour est un oiseau.
Artist : Rise Stevens, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 68921 CD
Conductor : Fritz Reiner
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:40 PM
Rose of Tralee
Artist : John McCormack, tenor
Album :
Catalog : 7892 CD
Orchestra : Studio Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
2:49 PM
Folk Song Symphony: excerpt
Artist : American Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Roy Harris
Catalog : 4076 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Golschmann
Orchestra : American Festival Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg
2:57 PM
Mock Morris
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 434330 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Rochester Pops
Label : Mercury
3:00 PM
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 62645 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:08 PM
Symphony No. 3 in c
Artist :
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Composer : Florence Price
Catalog : 7518 CD
Conductor : Apo Hsu
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:39 PM
The Romance of Spring: Cantata Op 23
Artist : Prague Radio Chorus
Album :
Composer : Zdenek Fibich
Catalog : 3197 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Vajnar
Orchestra : Prague Radio Symphony
Label : Supraphon
4:06 PM
Brazilian Impressions
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 557711 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : Naxos
4:27 PM
Dream Children Op 43
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 1014 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
4:35 PM
A Winter’s Tale Op 18
Artist :
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 5157 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : CBC Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
4:47 PM
Fantasy on a Hymn Tune
Artist :
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Composer : Thomas Canning
Catalog : 9004 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : Everest
5:06 PM
Sones de Mariachi
Artist :
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Composer : Blas Galindo
Catalog : 550838 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Festival Orchestra of Mexico
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Pan and the Birds Op 15
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
Album :
Composer : Jules Mouquet
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
5:23 PM
Treasure of the Sierra Madre: Suite
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Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 2367 CD
Conductor : Barry H. Kolman
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : Centaur


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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