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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April 12, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 5 (after Scarlatti) in d
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 31 CD
Orchestra : Café Zimmermann
Label : Alpha
6:18 AM
Concertino for flute and orchestra in D
Artist : Marc Grauwels, flute
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Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 555977 CD
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Music for his Majesty’s Sagbutts
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Composer : Matthew Locke
Catalog : 807 CD
Orchestra : Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
6:40 AM
Variations Symphoniques
Artist : Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
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Composer : Cesar Franck
Catalog : 550754 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 3402 CD
Conductor : James Stobart
Orchestra : Locke Brass Consort
Label : CRD
7:15 AM
Semper Fidelis (1888)
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:19 AM
Ankunfts-Walzer Op 34
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 223470 CD
Conductor : Mika Eichenholz
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : MarcoPolo
7:28 AM
Youth Symphony in d
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 7130 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
7:41 AM
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 5303 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
7:48 AM
Havanaise Op 83
Artist : Howard Zhang, violin
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 555093 CD
Conductor : Takuo Yuasa
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
8:06 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 4 in f
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
8:19 AM
DON CARLO: Spuntato ecco il di
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 80152 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:26 AM
Coppelia: Ballet Suite
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Composer : Leo Delibes
Catalog : 62530 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:40 AM
Concerto for guitar, two horns & strings in A Op 140
Artist : Karl Scheit, guitar
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Composer : Ferdinando Carulli
Catalog : 1020 CD
Conductor : Wilfried Boettcher
Orchestra : Vienna Soloists
Label : Omega
8:51 AM
Pavane for a Dead Princess
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 80601 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
9:06 AM
Fantasy on Serbian Themes Op 6
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 553513 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovchin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
Prelude No. 17 in a-Flat Op 64
Artist : Jeffrey Biegel, piano
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Composer : Cesar Cui
Catalog : 223496 CD
Label : MarcoPolo
9:22 AM
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 435757 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
10:16 AM
Symphonie Espagnole for violin & orch. in d Op 21
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
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Composer : Edouard Lalo
Catalog : 425501 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
10:52 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 in b Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 2065 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Handel & Haydn Society
Label : Avie
11:05 AM
Souvenir de Moscow Op 6
Artist : Marat Bisengaliev, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 550744 CD
Label : Naxos
11:14 AM
Symphony No. 38 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 426231 CD
Conductor : Frans Bruggen
Orchestra : Orchestra of the 18th Century
Label : Philips
12:06 PM
Die Mozartisten Waltz Op 196
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 4775566 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
12:17 PM
Piano Concerto (1917/19)
Artist : Arto Satukangas, piano
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Composer : Ilmari Hannikainen
Catalog : 9703 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
12:53 PM
Skogsraet The Wood Nymph Op 15
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 1147 CD
Conductor : John Storgards
Orchestra : Helsinki Philharmonic
Label : Ondine
1:19 PM
Souvenir de Florence,sextet in D Op 70
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 9708 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Chandos
2:00 PM
Konzertstuck for piano & orch in f Op 79
Artist : Robert Casadesus, piano
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 4226 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : Urania
2:17 PM
Symphony No. 3 in a Op 44
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45678 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:00 PM
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 570328 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in f Op 10
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 62642 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:41 PM
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Op 27
Artist : Leonardo Le San, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 22948 CD
Label : IonianProd
4:06 PM
An American in Paris
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 426404 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
4:26 PM
DIE WALKURE: Ride of the Valkyries
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 74762 CD
Conductor : Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
4:31 PM
DIE WALKURE: Wotan’s Farewell & Magic Fire Music
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Composer : Richard Wagner (arr. Stokowski)
Catalog : 9024 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : Houston Symphony Orchestra
Label : Everest
4:50 PM
Marien-Walzer (Maria Waltz) Op 143
Artist : Willi Boskovsky, violin
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Composer : Joseph Lanner
Catalog : 8015 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Boskovsky Ensemble
Label : VangrdOmeg
5:06 PM
My Home Overture Op 62
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 8510 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:17 PM
Der alte Brummbar Op 210
Artist : Alan Pendlebury, bassoon
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Composer : Julius Fucik
Catalog : 59285 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:24 PM
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice in A-Flat
Artist : Gabriela Imreh, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 4225 CD
Label : Conn Soc
5:34 PM
Spartacus-Excerpts from ballet
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Composer : Aram Khachaturian
Catalog : 47348 CD
Conductor : Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI


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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