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

May 08, 2013

6:06 AM
La Caza del Joven Enrique -Gran overture for 5 pianos and orchestra
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
6:19 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 5 in B-Flat
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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
6:30 AM
Gold and Silver Waltz Op 79
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Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 150127 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Ch. Orch
Label : Novalis
6:40 AM
Flute Quartet in D
Artist : Samuel Baron, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 142 CD
Orchestra : Fine Arts Quartet
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Impressions d’Italie: On the Hill-Tops
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Composer : Gustave Charpentier
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra : Paris Opera-Comique Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:15 AM
U.S. Field Artillery
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 3102 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : New Sousa Band
Label : Delos
7:18 AM
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Composer : Howard Shore
Catalog : 80600 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
7:26 AM
Giselle: ballet suite
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Composer : Adolph Adam
Catalog : 46341 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:40 AM
DIE FLEDERMAUS Overture
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 45564 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:49 AM
WALZERTRAUME (Waltz Dreams)
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Composer : Oscar Straus
Catalog : 80547 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:06 AM
Aleko: Intermezzo
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1000144 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:11 AM
Aleko: Men’s Dance
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 1000144 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:17 AM
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy Op 18
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Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 470840 CD
Conductor : Valery Gergiev
Orchestra : Kirov Orchestra
Label : Philips
8:28 AM
Violin Concerto in C
Artist : Erno Sebestyen, violin
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 1614 CD
Conductor : Erno Sebestyen
Orchestra : RIAS-Sinfonietta Berlin
Label : KOCH Intl.
8:41 AM
L’ETOILE Overture
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 27333 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Scene de Ballet Op 100
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Charles Auguste de Beriot
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Juilliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Serenade for String Orchestra Op 1
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Composer : Samuel Barber
Catalog : 1717 CD
Conductor : Mikhail Gurewitsch
Orchestra : Do.gma Chamber Orchestra
Label :
9:18 AM
Appalachian Spring
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Composer : Aaron Copland
Catalog : 759978 CD
Conductor : Eric Jacobsen
Orchestra : The Knights
Label : CBS/Sony
9:45 AM
Grand Fantasia Triumfal
Artist : Eugene List, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Samuel Adler
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:00 AM
Prometheus Bound Overture Op 38
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Composer : Carl Goldmark
Catalog : 56955 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : Gurzenich Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:19 AM
Konzertstuck in D Op 12
Artist : Janos Starker, cello
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Composer : Ernst von Dohnanyi
Catalog : 3095 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
10:45 AM
Polonaise No. 1 in c-Sharp Op 26
Artist : Maurizio Pollini, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 413795 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:55 AM
Six German Dances
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 416484 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
11:09 AM
Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Op 83
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 61939 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Warner Bro
12:06 PM
1812 Overture Op 49
Artist : University of Minn. Brass Band
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 434360 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
12:24 PM
Brass Quintet No. 1 in b-Flat Op 5
Artist : David Bilger and Jeffrey Curnow, trumpets; Jennifer Montone. horn; Nitzan Haroz, trombone; Carol Jantsch, tuba
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Composer : Victor Ewald
Catalog : 1150 CD
Label : Ondine
12:38 PM
Violin Concerto Pilgramage of the Soul
Artist : Christian Tetzlaff, violin
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Composer : Leos Janacek
Catalog : 91506 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
12:50 PM
Organ Symphony No. 5: Toccata Op 42
Artist : Mary Preston, organ
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Composer : Charles-Marie Widor
Catalog : 113 CD
Label : Reference
1:02 PM
German Requiem: Wie lieblich sind deine
Artist : Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 80119 CD
Conductor : Robert Shaw
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:07 PM
Victory at Sea: Allies on the March
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Composer : Richard Rodgers
Catalog : LSC 2206 LP
Conductor : Robert Russell Bennett
Orchestra : RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA
1:14 PM
Winds of War
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Composer : Robert Cobert
Catalog : 80175 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
1:23 PM
Le Tombeau de Couperin
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
1:42 PM
TOSCA: Te Deum (Finale of Act I)
Artist : Ruggero Raimondi, bass; Chorus of the Roy. Opera House
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 57173 CD
Conductor : Antonio Pappano
Orchestra : Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Label : Angel/EMI
1:47 PM
Rose Without a Thorn-Suite
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Composer : Henry VIII of England
Catalog : 807 CD
Orchestra : Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Label : London/Dec
2:04 PM
Divertimento
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Composer : Walter Piston
Catalog : 11120 CD
Orchestra : Chamber Music Palm Beach
Label : Klavier
2:20 PM
String Quartet in g Op 27: Finale
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 6340 CD
Orchestra : Emerson String Quartet
Label : D. Gramphn
2:29 PM
Ragtime Dance
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin; Andre Previn, piano
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Composer : Scott Joplin
Catalog : 47170 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
2:33 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 61: Finale
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 457861 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:46 PM
THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S comedy suite
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 294 CD
Conductor : Douglas Bostock
Orchestra : Munich Symphony Orchestra
Label : Classico
2:55 PM
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves: main theme
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Composer : Michael Kamen
Catalog : 80342 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:00 PM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : William Tritt, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
3:09 PM
Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Op 30
Artist : John Williams, guitar
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Composer : Mauro Giuliani
Catalog : 63385 CD
Conductor : Richard Tognetti
Orchestra : Australian Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
3:41 PM
Helios Overture Op 17
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 9287 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Variations for Orchestra and Piano
Artist : Emili Brugalla, piano
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
4:26 PM
Concert Overture No. 17 in f Op 242
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Composer : Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Catalog : 777469 CD
Conductor : Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra : The Cologne Academy
Label : CPO
4:35 PM
Alven-fran fjallen till havet Op 33
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Composer : Kurt Atterberg
Catalog : 999913 CD
Conductor : Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra : NDR Radiophilharmonie
Label : CPO
5:06 PM
LE PRE AUX CLERCS: Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 282 CD
Conductor : Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : Dynamic
5:14 PM
In Nature’s Realm Overture Op 91
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 794 CD
Conductor : John Farrer
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:29 PM
Cuban Overture
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Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:41 PM
Symphony No. 1 La Nuit des Tropiques
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4051 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : VangrdOmeg

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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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