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.

Composer ID: 


May 09, 2013

6:06 AM
Caprice (after Saint-Saens)
Artist : Joshua Bell, violin
Album :
Composer : Eugene Ysaye
Catalog : 433519 CD
Conductor : Andrew Litton
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
6:16 AM
Sinfonia No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 182
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553285 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:30 AM
Sinfonia in A
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Catalog : 550877 CD
Conductor : Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
6:40 AM
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 36718 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
7:06 AM
Praeludium & Allegro
Artist : David Garrett, violin
Album :
Composer : Fritz Kreisler
Catalog : 4764425 CD
Conductor : Ion Marin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
7:15 AM
The Picador
Artist :
Album :
Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 434300 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:19 AM
Where the Lark Sings
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Lehar
Catalog : 74735 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4a in F Op 3
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 4758673 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
Preludio Sinfonico
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 2618 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Montreal,Orch. Metropolitain
Label : ATMA
7:51 AM
Danse- Tarantelle Styrienne
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1024 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 431653 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Label : D. Gramphn
8:13 AM
Symphony No. 8 in d
Artist :
Album :
Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 419631 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
8:28 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:41 AM
Sinfonia in B-Flat
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Johann (Jan Vaclav) Stamitz
Catalog : 1201 CD
Orchestra : Ostrava Janacek Chamber Orch.
Label : Panton
8:48 AM
Children’s March
Artist : Arts District Chorale
Album :
Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
9:06 AM
Schlagobers Ballet: Waltz Op 70
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 64346 CD
Conductor : Rudolph Kempe
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Angel/EMI
9:15 AM
Three Idylls
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frank Bridge
Catalog : 3263 CD
Conductor : Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra : Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Label : Delos
9:30 AM
Grande Sonate Brilliante in c Op 10
Artist : Yaara Tal, piano; Andreas Groethuysen, piano
Album :
Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 45936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
10:00 AM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : Richard Woodhams, oboe
Album :
Composer : Sir William Herschel
Catalog : 85612 CD
Conductor : Davis Jerome
Orchestra : The Mozart Orchestra
Label : Newport
10:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 3 in G Op 45
Artist : Grigorios Zamparas, piano
Album :
Composer : Anton Rubinstein
Catalog : 3032 CD
Conductor : Jon Ceander Mitchell
Orchestra : Philharmonia Bulgarica
Label : Centaur
10:53 AM
Romance for Cello, Harp, and Strings Op 29
Artist : Janos Starker, cello; Melinda Felletar, harp
Album :
Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Tibor Varga
Orchestra : Budapest Chamber Symphony
Label : BudapestMu
11:05 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
12:06 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in d Op 7
Artist : Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 77010 CD
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Deut Harmo
12:17 PM
String Quartet in g Op 10
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1379 CD
Orchestra : St.Petersburg String Quartet
Label : Marquis
12:44 PM
Concerto Ballata for cello and orchestra Op 108
Artist : Wen-Sinn Yang, cello
Album :
Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 67946 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Warner Bros.
1:06 PM
Symphony No. 6 in F Op 68 Pastoral
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 85490 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
2:00 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 53286 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Maggio Musicale, Florence
Label : CBS/Sony
2:06 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Anton Bruckner
Catalog : 60076 CD
Conductor : Gunter Wand
Orchestra : Cologne Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Concerto Grosso (after Handel)
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Catalog : 7278 CD
Conductor : James Sedares
Orchestra : Louisville Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
3:15 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER: Concert Suite Op 59
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 41720 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:40 PM
Organ Concerto No. 3 in B-Flat Op 7
Artist : Simon Preston, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 469358 CD
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra : The English Concert
Label : D. Gramphn
4:06 PM
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C
Artist : Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 93023 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
4:28 PM
La Sylphide: Overture
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Herman Severin Lovenskiold
Catalog : 6546 CD
Conductor : David Garforth
Orchestra : Royal Danish Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:34 PM
Les Sylphides: Grand Valse Brilliante
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63532 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:40 PM
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite Op 56
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 46668 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Festival March
Artist :
Album :
Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 8902 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
5:15 PM
Canciones Espanolas (popular Spanish songs)
Artist : Alison Balsom, trumpet
Album :
Composer : Manuel De Falla
Catalog : 53255 CD
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Orchestra : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:30 PM
Memoirs of a Geisha: Suite
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo Yo Ma, cello
Album :
Composer : John Williams
Catalog : 70636 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


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!

Read more
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!


Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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

Read more
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.

Read more