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 10, 2013

6:06 AM
THE FAIRY PRINCE Overture
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Composer : Thomas Augustine Arne
Catalog : 3072 CD
Conductor : Mary Terey-Smith
Orchestra : Capella Savaria
Label : Centaur
6:14 AM
Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 Op 19
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Composer : Hugo Alfven
Catalog : 9313 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
6:30 AM
Rondo for horn & orchestra in D
Artist : Alan Civil, horn
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 464717 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:40 AM
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Op 13
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
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Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
7:06 AM
Concerto in a
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9815 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
7:14 AM
Anchor and Star
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 95163 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Symphony in D Op 8
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999383 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
7:27 AM
La Boutique Fantasque
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 45658 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
7:40 AM
CASTOR ET POLLUX Overture
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Composer : Jean-Philippe Rameau
Catalog : 4759107 CD
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Orchestra : Les Talens Lyriques
Label : London/Dec
7:46 AM
Capriol Suite
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Composer : Peter Warlock
Catalog : 5032 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
8:06 AM
Turkish March Op 55
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Composer : Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Catalog : 553405 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fagen
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
8:12 AM
Piano Concertino No. 13 in G
Artist : Sabine Vatin, fortepiano
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 557660 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble d'arco
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 2 in G
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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
8:39 AM
LE ROI MALGRE LUI: Fete Polonaise
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Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:48 AM
Villanelle for Horn & Orch
Artist : Radek Baborak, horn
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 3348 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Chmbr Philharmonic Orch
Label : Supraphon
9:06 AM
Concerto for 2 violins (Double Concerto) in d
Artist : Christian Ferras, violin
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 4777097 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
9:24 AM
Eight Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra Op 58
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 61901 CD
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:40 AM
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
Artist : Oscar Shumsky, violin
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 63302 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : RCA Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:00 AM
The Birds Gli Uccelli
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 432007 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
10:21 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in d Op 22
Artist : Juliette Kang, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 5197 CD
Conductor : Sergiu Commissiona
Orchestra : Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Label : CBC(RCI)
10:47 AM
Two Elegiac Melodies Op 34
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 45224 CD
Conductor : Iona Brown
Orchestra : Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
10:58 AM
The Musical Box Op 32
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 80657 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
11:02 AM
Ballade Op 21
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Composer : Anatol Liadov
Catalog : 555242 CD
Conductor : Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
11:09 AM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 68
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 37775 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
12:06 PM
Overture Np. 3 in A Op 13
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Composer : Jean-Marie Leclair
Catalog : 542 CD
Orchestra : The Purcell Quartet
Label : Chandos
12:18 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op 15
Artist : Richard Goode, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 480508 CD
Conductor : Ivan Fischer
Orchestra : Budapest Festival Orchestra
Label : Nonesuch
12:56 PM
Elegy for cello and strings
Artist : Julian Lloyd Webber, cello
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Composer : Dirk Brosse
Catalog : 9301 CD
Conductor : Dirk Brossé
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
1:07 PM
Symphony No. 6 in b Op 74
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 1609 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Epilogue to Profiles in Courage: JFK
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Composer : Roy Harris
Catalog : 559050 CD
Conductor : Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra : Ukrainian National Symphony Or
Label : Naxos
2:10 PM
Scheherazade Op 35
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 47023 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:00 PM
Andante Religioso
Artist : Stephan Barratt-Due jr.,violin
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Composer : Johan Halvorsen
Catalog : 50013 CD
Conductor : Karsten Andersen
Orchestra : Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Label : NKF
3:09 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 16
Artist : Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 67987 CD
Conductor : Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra : Monte Carlo Natl Opera Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
3:39 PM
Andalusian Dances
Artist : Guher & Suher Pekinel, pianos
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Composer : Manuel Infante
Catalog : 44931 CD
Label : Teldec
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 1 in a Op 33
Artist : Janos Starker, cello
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Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
4:26 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Siegfried’s Rhine Jrny.
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 61850 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
GOTTERDAMMERUNG: Starke Scheite
Artist : Birgit Nilsson, soprano
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 473794 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:52 PM
Air and Dance for Strings
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 47610 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
5:06 PM
The Guns of Navarone: Main Theme
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Composer : Dmitri Tiomkin
Catalog : 17 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label :
5:10 PM
Friendly Persuasion: Main Theme
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Composer : Dmitri Tiomkin
Catalog : 411037 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:16 PM
LA BOHEME Fantasy for Orchestra
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Composer : Giacomo Puccini
Catalog : 49552 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:30 PM
Andalucia Suite: 1. Cordoba
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:36 PM
Andalucia Suite: 2. Andalucia
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:41 PM
Andalucia Suite: 4. Gitanerias
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:45 PM
Andalusia Suite: 6. Malaguena
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Composer : Ernesto Lecuona
Catalog : 68173 CD
Conductor : Morton Gould
Orchestra : Morton Gould Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
5:51 PM
Margaritena- Rhapsody for Orchestra
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Composer : Inocente Carre¤o
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn

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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!

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!

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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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."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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