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 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto No. 12 for two oboes & strings in D Op 9
Artist : Anthony Camden, oboe; Alison Alty, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 553035 CD
Conductor : John Georgiadis
Orchestra : London Virtuosi
Label : Naxos
6:17 AM
La Valse
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 8903 CD
Conductor : Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 64 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Czech State Philharmonic Brno
Label : Reference
6:41 AM
Horn Concerto in E
Artist : Sarah Willis, horn
Album :
Composer : Franz Anton Rosler-Rosetti
Catalog : 777288 CD
Conductor : Johannes Moesus
Orchestra : Chamber Orch of the Palatinate
Label : CPO
7:06 AM
Overture No. 6 in B-Flat
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 4759117 CD
Conductor : Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
The Gallant Seventh
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3 CD
Conductor : Colonel John R. Bourgeois
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:19 AM
Silvana Overture
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Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 570296 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Ballet des Mouches
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 5303 CD
Conductor : Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra : Gulbenkian Foundation Orch.
Label : Nimbus
7:41 AM
La Dame Blanche Overture
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Composer : F. A. Boieldieu
Catalog : 434332 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:51 AM
Concerto for 2 Violins in A
Artist : Rainer Kussmaul, violin; Rudiger Liebermann, violin
Album :
Composer : George Phillip Telemann
Catalog : 5761 CD
Conductor : Rainer Kussmaul
Orchestra : Berlin Baroque Soloists
Label : D. Gramphn
8:06 AM
Festal Dance
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Composer : Havergal Brian
Catalog : 223481 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : MarcoPolo
8:14 AM
Symphony in b
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 7067 CD
Conductor : Barry Faldner
Orchestra : Chicago Sinfonietta
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:28 AM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999487 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:40 AM
Die Provinzialen Waltzes
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Composer : Benjamin Bilse
Catalog : 777341 CD
Conductor : Christian Simonis
Orchestra : West German Radio Symphony
Label : CPO
8:49 AM
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F Op 50
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 57220 CD
Conductor : Placido Domingo
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Spring (Vesna) Op 65
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Composer : Dmitri Kabalevsky
Catalog : 553788 CD
Conductor : Igor Golovschin
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:16 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 44
Artist : Salvatore Accardo, violin
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 4784614 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips
9:43 AM
Concerto in D
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 751 CD
Orchestra : Tempesta di Mare
Label : Chandos
10:00 AM
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G,BWV 1049
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 423492 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
10:17 AM
Suite Ancienne Op 31
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 10614 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Chandos
10:44 AM
Six Poetic Tone-Pictures Op 3
Artist : Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 2683 CD
Label : Centaur
10:56 AM
String Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 69524 CD
Conductor : Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:10 AM
Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 37233 CD
Conductor : Pablo Casals
Orchestra : Marlboro Festival Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
Overture No. 4 in F
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Composer : Francesco Maria Veracini
Catalog : 439937 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
12:21 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 5
Artist : Martin Roscoe, piano
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 66684 CD
Conductor : Fedor Glushchenko
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
1:08 PM
Symphony No. 47 in D, K. 97x
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 5186113 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Pentatone
1:19 PM
Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 412176 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
1:49 PM
Songe d’Automne
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Symphonie Fantastique Op 14
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Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 80578 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Concerto for trpt, 2 ob,str,co in D
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:08 PM
String Quartet No. 2 in a Op 13
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 3888 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
3:40 PM
Suite Symphonique Paris
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Composer : Jacques Ibert
Catalog : 85531 CD
Conductor : Richard Auldon Clark
Orchestra : Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Label : Newport
4:06 PM
El Amor Brujo
Artist : Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano
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Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 9908 CD
Orchestra : Concjuncto Iberico
Label : Ambroisie
4:26 PM
Paragraph Three Overture
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 223648 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
4:38 PM
Symphony in E-Flat
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 777351 CD
Conductor : Howard Griffiths
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
Donna Diana: Overture
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Composer : Emil von Reznicek
Catalog : 63053 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:12 PM
Concertino for violin and orchestra in b
Artist : Robert McDuffie, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 80402 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:27 PM
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 3902 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Orch. of the Mariinsky Theatre
Label : D. Gramphn
5:53 PM
Artist : Lang Lang, piano
Album :
Composer : Tang Bi-guang
Catalog : 80502 CD
Label : Telarc


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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