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 22, 2013

6:06 AM
Horn Concertino in D
Artist : Barry Tuckwell, horn
Album :
Composer : J. Michael Haydn
Catalog : 6249 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
6:22 AM
TANNHAUSER: Grand March Festmarsch
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 38914 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:30 AM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Waltz sequence No. 2
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 1012 CD
Conductor : Mark Gorenstein
Orchestra : Russian Symphony Orchestra
Label : Pope Music
6:43 AM
Concertstucke for harp & orch in G-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Lily Laskine, harp
Album :
Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 88069 CD
Conductor : Jean Martinon
Orchestra : Orchestre National de O.R.T.F.
Label : Erato
7:06 AM
IL GUARANY: Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Carlos Gomes
Catalog : 2661
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:15 AM
New Mexico
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Konzertsatz for Piano and Orchestra in d
Artist : Jennifer Eley, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 7197 CD
Conductor : Sayard Stone
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
7:28 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:41 AM
Zampa Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 37240 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:52 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
8:06 AM
Land of the Mountain and the Flood Op 8
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
8:17 AM
String Symphony No. 10 in b
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 5142 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:28 AM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:42 AM
Concerto for strings in C, RV 116
Artist :
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 110 CD
Conductor : Alberto Lizzio
Orchestra : Musici di San Marco
Label : Pilz
8:48 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 8 (after Scarlatti) in e
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Variations on theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35
Artist :
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Composer : Anton Arensky
Catalog : 1100301 CD
Conductor : Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra : Chmb Orch of the Hermitage The
Label : Melodya
9:21 AM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (orch. Franz Liszt)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
9:43 AM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Inocente Carreno
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
The Dowie Dens o’ Yarrow
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 66815 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
10:12 AM
Pibroch Suite Op 42
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Catalog : 83 CD
Conductor : Alexander Platt
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Cedille
10:37 AM
Three Gymnopedies
Artist :
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Composer : Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Catalog : 442374 CD
Conductor : Myer Fredman
Orchestra : Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Label : ABC
10:48 AM
Linconshire Posey
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 56412 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
11:07 AM
Harold in Italy Op 16
Artist : David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 1188 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
12:06 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Lully
Catalog : 1001 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label :
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Op 110 Les Adieux
Artist : Hans Kann, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 5064 CD
Conductor : Heribert Beissel
Orchestra : Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg
Label : Vox/MMG
12:54 PM
Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-Flat, K. 378
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 7102 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
1:16 PM
Symphony No. 1 Op 7 Poem of the Forest
Artist :
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Composer : Albert Roussel
Catalog : 45253 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : National Orchestra of France
Label : Erato
2:00 PM
Nikotina- Ballet in 7 scenes Op 59
Artist : Brno Madrigal Singers
Album :
Composer : Vitezslav Novak
Catalog : 3050 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Jilek
Orchestra : Brno State Phil. Orch.
Label : Supraphon
3:00 PM
Highland Memories Op 30
Artist :
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Composer : Hamish MacCunn
Catalog : 2123 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : ASV
3:11 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
3:44 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 1205 CD
Conductor : Franz Litschauer
Orchestra : Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
4:06 PM
Ramuntcho Suite No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Gabriel Pierne
Catalog : 10633 CD
Conductor : Juanjo Mena
Orchestra : BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:28 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 68468 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
4:37 PM
Artist : Leontyne Price, soprano
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 61440 CD
Conductor : Thomas Schippers
Orchestra : RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:44 PM
Poema concertante for violin & orchestra
Artist : Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Album :
Composer : Xavier Montsalvatge
Catalog : 98642 CD
Conductor : Celso Antunes
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : Hanssler
5:06 PM
NORMA Overture (Sinfonia)
Artist :
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Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Catalog : 4609 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:13 PM
Variations on Casta Diva from Bellini’s NORMA
Artist : Alison Balsom, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Jean-Baptiste Arban (arr. Julian Milone)
Catalog : 53255 CD
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:22 PM
Tanzwalzer Op 53
Artist :
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Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:36 PM
Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars
Artist : Los Romeros, guitars
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Victor Alessandro
Orchestra : San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury


People's Choice Concert with Host Gregg Whiteside
2:55 pm
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"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

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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
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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

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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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