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 14, 2013

6:06 AM
Symphony in D Op 9
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Composer : Chevalier de Saint-George
Catalog : 9985 CD
Conductor : Frantisek Preisler, Jr.
Orchestra : Pilsen Radio Orchestra
Label : Avenira
6:19 AM
Variations on Bei Mannern,.. of Mozart in E-Flat
Artist : Zuill Bailey, cello
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 3326 CD
Label : Delos
6:30 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62190 CD
Conductor : Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra : West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
6:40 AM
Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Op 4
Artist : Marie-Claire Alain, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 133 CD
Conductor : Jean-Francois Pailliard
Orchestra : Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Label : Boston Sky
7:06 AM
Overture in B-Flat
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 57933 CD
Conductor : Arie Lipsky
Orchestra : St. Christopher Chamber Orch
Label : FleurdeSon
7:15 AM
American Leader March
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Composer : Fred Jewell
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Captain Douglas Monroe
Orchestra : USAF Band of the Golden West
Label : USAF
7:18 AM
6 Variations on an Original Theme fromin D Op 76
Artist : Emil Gilels, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 85761 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
7:27 AM
Little Serenade for string orc Op 12
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
7:40 AM
Norwegian Dance No. 1 Op 35
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Composer : Edvard Grieg
Catalog : 9028 CD
Conductor : Petri Sakari
Orchestra : Iceland State Symphony Orch.
Label : Chandos
7:48 AM
Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
HANSEL UND GRETEL: Children’s Prayer
Artist : Norman Luboff Choir
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 62599 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : New Symphony Orch. of London
Label : RCA/BMG
8:13 AM
Violin Concerto in E-Flat
Artist : Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 87733 CD
Conductor : Andrea Marcon
Orchestra : Venice Baroque Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:26 AM
Africa Fantasie Op 89
Artist : Gwendoline Mok, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 1015 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Cala
8:39 AM
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:48 AM
Majorca (Mallorca) Op 202
Artist : Julian Bream, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 33705 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
9:06 AM
Sinfonia Op 3
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
9:15 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-Sharp Op 3
Artist : Jonathon Plowright, piano
Album :
Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 67314 CD
Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra : BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestr
Label : Hyperion
9:52 AM
Sinfonia No. 10 in G
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Composer : Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda
Catalog : 553409 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 78 in c
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 45972 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
ORFEO: Suite
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Composer : Claudio Monteverdi
Catalog : 7380 CD
Orchestra : Canadian Brass
Label : OpeningDay
10:44 AM
Introduction,theme, & variations
Artist : Jon Manasse, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 18004 CD
Orchestra : Manhattan String Quartet
Label : XLNT Music
10:57 AM
Cello Concerto in e Op 85
Artist : Jacqueline DuPre, cello
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 68132 CD
Conductor : Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:29 AM
La Mer
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1024 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
12:06 PM
Overture No. 7 in G
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
12:16 PM
String Quartet (fragment) in A
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Composer : Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann
Catalog : 337 CD
Orchestra : Cailin Quartet
Label : Classico
12:37 PM
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Composer : Ralph Vaughan Williams
Catalog : 80676 CD
Conductor : Robert Spano
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
12:56 PM
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G
Artist : Piotr Anderszewski, piano
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 344696 CD
Conductor : Piotr Anderszewski
Orchestra : Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Vrgn Clscs
1:29 PM
Suite for Orchestra in E-Flat Op 9
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Composer : Zygmunt Stojowski
Catalog : 625 CD
Conductor : Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski
Orchestra : Podlasie Opera & Phil Orch
Label : DUX
2:00 PM
Manfred Symphony Op 58
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 2216 CD
Conductor : Raymond Leppard
Orchestra : Indianapolis Symphony Orch.
Label : Koss Class
3:00 PM
Legend No. 6 in c-Sharp Op 59
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 3533 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
3:07 PM
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite Op 60
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Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 75 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : ClevelandO
3:37 PM
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Op 133
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 77364 CD
Conductor : Otto Klemperer
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:06 PM
Clarinet and Viola Concerto in e Op 88
Artist : Ludmila Peterkova, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 3554 CD
Conductor : Jiri Belohlavek
Orchestra : Prague Philharmonia
Label : Supraphon
4:26 PM
Ma Vlast: No. 4 From Bohemia’s Forests
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 54331 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:41 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 12 La Follia in d
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Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 7784 CD
Orchestra : East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Label : E1 Music
5:06 PM
Tam O’Shanter Op 51
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Composer : Malcolm Arnold
Catalog : 553981 CD
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Orchestra : English Northern Philharmonia
Label : Naxos
5:16 PM
Four Seasons: No.3 Autumn (L’Autunno)in F Op 8
Artist : Shlomo Mintz, violin
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 469376 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
5:29 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in e Op 30
Artist : Georges Miquelle, cello
Album :
Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
5:53 PM
Victor Herbert Favorites
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Composer : Victor Herbert
Catalog : 52491 CD
Conductor : Lorin Maazel
Orchestra : Pittsburgh 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!

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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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