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 05, 2013

6:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto in D
Artist : Maurice Andre, trumpet
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 62947 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
6:17 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in e
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
6:30 AM
Fantaisie Espagnole
Artist :
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Composer : Lord Berners
Catalog : 47668 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
6:42 AM
Water Music Suite No. 2 in D
Artist :
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 192 CD
Conductor : Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra : Ensemble Zefiro
Label : Ambroisie
7:06 AM
THAIS: Meditation
Artist : Michel Schwalbé, violin
Album :
Composer : Jules Massenet
Catalog : 4777163 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
7:15 AM
The National Game
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Allegro for strings in C
Artist :
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 550621 CD
Conductor : Andras Kiss
Orchestra : Rossini Ensemble Budapest
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Emperor Waltz Op 437
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 10611 CD
Conductor : Georges Pretre
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:43 AM
Marche Slave Op 31
Artist :
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 415379 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:52 AM
Liebesfreud
Artist : Wu Han, piano
Album :
Composer : Fritz Kreisler (arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Catalog : 10701 CD
Label : ArtistLed
8:06 AM
Canciones Espanolas
Artist : Alison Balsom, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Manuel De Falla (arr. Luciano Berio)
Catalog : 53255 CD
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:19 AM
Fandango
Artist :
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Composer : Frank Perkins
Catalog : 38 CD
Conductor : Howard Dunn
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
8:28 AM
Concerto for 4 violins in b Op 3
Artist : George Armand, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 69143 CD
Conductor : Louis Auriacombe
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
8:42 AM
Light Cavalry Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 76900 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Concertino Op 107
Artist : Susan Milan, flute
Album :
Composer : Cecile Chaminade
Catalog : 8840 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : City of London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 550402 CD
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Nocturne No. 3 in B Op 9, No. 3
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 86507 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
9:26 AM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 36
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429036 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
9:59 AM
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
Artist :
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Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 80224 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
10:20 AM
Symphony No. 2 in d Op 49
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Spohr
Catalog : 223454 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : MarcoPolo
10:52 AM
Veni Sancte Spiritus
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Yardumian
Catalog : 312 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Czech National Symphony
Label : Albany
11:02 AM
Drapa for large orchestra (1908)
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 395 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Stockholm Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Bis
11:15 AM
Symphonic Dances Op 45
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1003 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label :
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso in F Op 3, No. 3
Artist : Andrew Manze, violin
Album :
Composer : Pieter Hellendaal
Catalog : 3492 CD
Conductor : Roy Goodman
Orchestra : European Community Baroque Orc
Label : Channel
12:18 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op 37
Artist : Richard Goode, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 480508 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Nonesuch
12:54 PM
Concerto in F
Artist :
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 447644 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
1:10 PM
Symphony No. 2 in D Op 73
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 4777159 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Violin Concerto
Artist : Alexandr Bulov, violin
Album :
Composer : Richard Yardumian
Catalog : 1232 CD
Conductor : Lan Shui
Orchestra : Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
2:24 PM
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat, K. 543
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 615 CD
Conductor : Jane Glover
Orchestra : London Mozart Players
Label : ASV
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 11 in A, Op. 6
Artist :
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Composer : George Frederick Handel
Catalog : 6165 CD
Conductor : George Malcolm
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : ASV
3:17 PM
Sonata for Solo Viola, with Two Horns and Cello
Artist : Joseph de Pasquale, viola; James Stagliano, horn; Harry Shapiro, horn; Samuel Mayes, cello
Album :
Composer : Friederich Rust
Catalog : 1 CD
Label : Curtis Inst.
3:40 PM
English Suite No. 3 in g, BWV 808
Artist : Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 112 CD
Label : GMN.COM
4:06 PM
Bacchus et Ariane: Suite No. 2 Op 43
Artist :
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Composer : Albert Roussel
Catalog : 8996 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:26 PM
DAS RHEINGOLD: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
Artist :
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 61850 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
DAS RHEINGOLD: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge
Artist : Rene Pape, bass
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4776408 CD
Conductor : Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : D. Gramphn
4:44 PM
Serenade for strings on Swedish Melodiesin c Op 89
Artist :
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 777385 CD
Conductor : Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra : S.W. German Radio Symph. Orch.
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
Miroirs: 4. Alborada del gracioso
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 46274 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
5:14 PM
Petite Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy (arr. Henri Busser)
Catalog : 572583 CD
Conductor : Jun Markl
Orchestra : National Orchestra of Lyon
Label : Naxos
5:29 PM
Fantasie Caprice Op 11
Artist : Misha Keylin, violin
Album :
Composer : Henri Vieuxtemps
Catalog : 570974 CD
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
5:48 PM
Spharenklange-Walzer Op 235
Artist :
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 1663 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn

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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!

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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