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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Playlist

April 04, 2014

6:06 AM
Overture in F
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 439892 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:19 AM
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D, K. 412
Artist : James Sommerville, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5172 CD
Conductor : Mario Bernardi
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
6:30 AM
LA CENERENTOLA Overture
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
6:40 AM
Symphony No. 37 in G, K. 444
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Michael Haybn)
Catalog : 550875 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Lemminkainen’s Return Op 22, No. 4
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 65176 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
Bullets and Bayonets
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 90151 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:18 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 71 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Minnesota Orchestra
Label : Reference
7:28 AM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi (arr. Godfrey)
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:42 AM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:53 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 2 in a Op 39
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Main title
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Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 17 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
8:12 AM
AIDA: Grand March from Act II
Artist : Chicago Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 430226 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:26 AM
Symphonie Concertante for oboe & bassoon in F
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe; Jeremy Ward, bassoon
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999537 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:38 AM
Das Spitzentuch der Konigin
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 1849 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:50 AM
American Eagle Waltz
Artist : Philip Collins, trumpet
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
9:06 AM
ANACREON Overture
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 5113 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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9:18 AM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat, D. 125
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412176 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
9:47 AM
Reverie & caprice, vln & orch Op 8
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 45482 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : German Ch. Phil., Bremen
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:00 AM
THE MARRIED BEAU Suite
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Composer : Henry Purcell (arr. Gustav Holst)
Catalog : 2857 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:19 AM
Violin Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 14
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 553517 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
10:49 AM
Concertante for flute, oboe & orchestra in F
Artist : Jiri Valek, flute; Jiri Mihule, oboe
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Composer : Ignaz Moscheles
Catalog : 1195 CD
Conductor : Ivan Parik
Orchestra : Dvorak Chamber Orchestra
Label : Avenira
11:05 AM
Caprice-Valse Wedding Cake Op 76
Artist : Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 6092 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
11:13 AM
Symphony in d
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 63303 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
12:06 PM
Carnival Overture Op 92
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 4780117 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in d Op 30
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 84172 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
1:02 PM
Suite No. 3
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Composer : George Templeton Strong
Catalog : 559078 CD
Conductor : Adriano
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
1:20 PM
Symphonic Sketches
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 4785092 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
2:00 PM
Concerto for 2 violins and orch in g, K. 517
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin; David Oistrakh, violin; William Smith, harpsichord
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 66472 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:11 PM
Symphony No. 5 in e Op 64
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1198 CD
Conductor : Pierre Monteux
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdWelk
3:00 PM
Poeme for Violin & Orchestra Op 25
Artist : Nicola Benedetti, violin
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Composer : Ernest Chausson
Catalog : 6154 CD
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:18 PM
Celtic Symphony for 6 harps and strings
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Composer : Sir Granville Bantock
Catalog : 66450 CD
Conductor : Vernon Handley
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Hyperion
3:40 PM
Swanwhite Suite Op 54
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 97689 CD
Conductor : Paavo Berglund
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 2 Vltava (The Moldau)
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 3465 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:19 PM
Pavane Op 50
Artist : Netherlands Radio Chorus
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Jean Fournet
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Philips
4:27 PM
LA BOHEME Fantasy for Orchestra
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini (arr. Christopher Palmer)
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
4:41 PM
LA BOHEME: Che gelida manina
Artist : Mario Lanza, tenor
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 74163 CD
Conductor : Constantine Callinicos
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:48 PM
Three Japanese Dances
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Composer : Bernard Rogers
Catalog : 432754 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
5:06 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Jrny.
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 2369 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:20 PM
A Night Piece
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
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Composer : Arthur Foote
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
5:31 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird: Main Title
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Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 80708 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:36 PM
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
Artist : Christopher Parkening, guitar
Album :
Composer : Elmer Bernstein
Catalog : 56859 CD
Conductor : Elmer Bernstein
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI

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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!

CLASSICAL

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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."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

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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