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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May 13, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat Op 9
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
Album :
Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 579 CD
Conductor : Simon Standage
Orchestra : Collegium Musicum 90
Label : Chandos
6:18 AM
Larghetto for Horn
Artist : Ronald Janezic, French Horn
Album :
Composer : Emmanuel Chabrier
Catalog : 447751 CD
Conductor : John Elliot Gardiner
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Op 20
Artist : Gil Shaham, violin
Album :
Composer : Pablo Sarasate
Catalog : 7 CD
Conductor : Alejandro Posada
Orchestra : Orchestra of Castille & Leon
Label : CanaryClas
6:41 AM
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72
Artist :
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 7894 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
7:06 AM
Concerto for 2 Flutes in C, RV 533
Artist :
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 150074 CD
Conductor : Martin Haselbock
Orchestra : Wiener Akademie
Label : Novalis
7:15 AM
Mikado March
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 303 CD
Conductor : Leonard B. Smith
Orchestra : Detroit Concert band
Label : WalkingFro
7:18 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 554165 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : Royal Ballet Sinfonia /Birming
Label : Naxos
7:28 AM
Violin Concerto in g, BWV 1056
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 47856 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:42 AM
KHOVANSHCHINA: Persian Slaves’ Dance
Artist :
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 332 CD
Conductor : Carlo Ponti
Orchestra : Russian National Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
7:49 AM
Chantilly Waltz Op 171
Artist :
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Composer : Emile Waldteufel
Catalog : 223433 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : CSSR State Phil. (Kosice)
Label : MarcoPolo
8:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4758502 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:18 AM
Festival March in C Op 54
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
8:28 AM
Passioni amorose for 2 dbl basses & orch
Artist : Thomas Martin and Franco Petracchi, double basses
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 570398 CD
Conductor : Matthew Gibson
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
8:41 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 68790 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : RCA/BMG
8:51 AM
Handel in the Strand
Artist :
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 6542 CD
Conductor : Kenneth Montgomery
Orchestra : Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Label : Chandos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia in E-Flat
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 4776418 CD
Conductor : Werner Erhardt
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:16 AM
Wanderer Fantasy in C Op 15, D. 760
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Schubert (arr. Franz L:iszt)
Catalog : 1210 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : Moscow State Philharmonic Orch
Label : MSR
9:38 AM
Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3
Artist :
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Composer : Ottorino Respighi
Catalog : 553546 CD
Conductor : Rico Saccani
Orchestra : RTE National Sym Orch Ireland
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 17 in G, K. 129
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 4790718 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
10:18 AM
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Op 6
Artist : Nigel Kennedy,violin
Album :
Composer : Emil Mlynarski
Catalog : 79934 CD
Conductor : Jacek Kaspszyk
Orchestra : Polish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:49 AM
Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Op 61 Polonaise-fantaisie
Artist : Freddy Kempf, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 1160 CD
Label : Bis
11:02 AM
Fantasie for viola and orchestra
Artist : Julia Neher, viola
Album :
Composer : Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Catalog : 98610 CD
Conductor : Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra : Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Label : Hanssler
11:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g
Artist :
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Composer : Vassili Kalinnikov
Catalog : 8611 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
12:06 PM
Genoveva Overture Op 81
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 550608 CD
Conductor : Johannes Wildner
Orchestra : Polish National Radio Orchestr
Label : Naxos
12:16 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in g Op 22
Artist : Philippe Entremont, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 45624 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : CBS/Sony
12:41 PM
Serenade in G Op 95
Artist :
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Composer : Max Reger
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Eugen Jochum
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
1:21 PM
GOYESCAS: Intermezzo
Artist :
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Composer : Enrique Granados
Catalog : 62698 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
1:27 PM
Symphony No. 4 in A Op 90 Italian
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 2358 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : NBC Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
2:00 PM
Symphony No. 8 in b, D. 759 Unfinished
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 4775324 CD
Conductor : Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
2:26 PM
The Tempest: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 115 CD
Conductor : Michael Stern
Orchestra : Kansas City Symphony
Label : Reference
3:00 PM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Timothy Walden, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 391346 CD
Conductor : Libor Pesek
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Vrgn Clscs
3:07 PM
Violin Concerto in d Op 47
Artist : Sarah Chang, violin
Album :
Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 56418 CD
Conductor : Mariss Jansons
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
3:43 PM
Scherzo and Finale
Artist :
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Composer : Hugo Wolf
Catalog : 45416 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : Orchestre de Paris
Label : Erato
4:06 PM
Nannerl’s Notebook: Selections
Artist : Lera Auerbach, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6795 CD
Label : Arabesque
4:16 PM
Variations on the name ABEGG Op 1
Artist : Florian Uhlig, piano
Album :
Composer : Robert Schumann (arr. Joachim Draheim)
Catalog : 93264 CD
Conductor : Christoph Poppen
Orchestra : German Radio Philharmonic
Label : Hanssler
4:28 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223695 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
4:40 PM
Richard III, Symphonic Poem Op 11
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 1915 CD
Conductor : Karel Sejna
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
4:55 PM
Moment Musical No. 3 in b Op 16
Artist : Xiayin Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 10724 CD
Label : Chandos
5:06 PM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Catalog : 65618 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
5:10 PM
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in B-Flat
Artist : Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 45 CD
Conductor : Wojciech Rajski
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : ClassicTal
5:19 PM
Roses from the South Op 388
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 74311 CD
Conductor : Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra : Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestr
Label : Angel/EMI
5:29 PM
Piano Concerto in F
Artist : Stefano Bollani, piano
Album :
Composer : George Gershwin
Catalog : 15311 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : London/Dec


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!


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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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