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 15, 2013

6:06 AM
Flute Quartet in G
Artist : Richard Adenay, flute
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 6099 CD
Orchestra : Melos Ensemble of London
Label : ASV
6:17 AM
Sinfonia No. 5 in b
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 77187 CD
Conductor : Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra : Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Label : Deut Harmo
6:30 AM
Overture to a Grand Orchestra
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Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 9011 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
6:40 AM
Where the Rainbow Ends
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Composer : Roger Quilter
Catalog : 49933 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Northern Sinfonia of England
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Concerto No. 8 for 2 oboes and strings Op 7
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 4757757 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
7:15 AM
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 89111 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Portsmouth Point Overture
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Composer : Sir William Walton
Catalog : 47624 CD
Conductor : Andre Previn
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
7:26 AM
Sinfonia for Orchestra in D Op 18
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 553367 CD
Conductor : Hanspeter Gmur
Orchestra : Failoni Cham. Orch. Budapest
Label : Naxos
7:40 AM
MASANIELLO Overture
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Composer : Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
7:49 AM
Love Song Op 7
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Composer : Josef Suk
Catalog : 101429 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Smetacek
Orchestra : Prague Symphony Orchestra
Label : Supraphon
8:06 AM
Zampa Overture
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Composer : Louis Joseph F. Herold
Catalog : 282 CD
Conductor : Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Orchestra : Orch. della Svizzera Italiana
Label : Dynamic
8:16 AM
Flute Concerto No. 1 in F Op 10
Artist : Michala Petri, recorder
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 68543 CD
Conductor : Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra : Moscow Virtuosi
Label : RCA/BMG
8:25 AM
Rondo Brilliant for piano and orchestra in E-Flat Op 29
Artist : Ian Hobson, piano
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 6688 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia da Camera
Label : Arabesque
8:39 AM
Konig Stephan Overture Op 117
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 429762 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:47 AM
Scherzo No. 3 in c-Sharp Op 39
Artist : Claudio Arrau, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 412610 CD
Label : Philips
9:06 AM
Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:15 AM
Piano Concerto Pastoral in D Op 120
Artist : Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Album :
Composer : Ferdinand Ries
Catalog : 572088 CD
Conductor : Uwe Grodd
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:45 AM
THE MAGIC MIRROR: excerpts
Artist : Sergei Stadler, violin
Album :
Composer : Arsenyi Koreshchenko
Catalog : 58 CD
Conductor : Aleksander Lazarev
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Melodya
10:00 AM
Lyric Fantasy
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
10:10 AM
Violin Concerto No. 4 in d
Artist : Ern" R¢zsa, violin
Album :
Composer : Nicolo Paganini
Catalog : 554396 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
10:46 AM
7 Variations for clarinet & piano in B-Flat Op 33
Artist : David Shifrin, clarinet
Album :
Composer : Carl Maria Von Weber
Catalog : 3194 CD
Label : Delos
10:57 AM
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Artist : Yo Yo Ma, cello
Album :
Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 63665 CD
Conductor : Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra : Leningrad Philharmonic Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
11:18 AM
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Op 10
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65775 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Warner Bro
12:05 PM
AT YOUR REQUEST
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Composer : Music you've asked to hear
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3:00 PM
The Wakeful Night: Adagio
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Composer : Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Catalog : 553715 CD
Conductor : Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra : Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:07 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D Op 2
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Composer : Lars-Erik Larsson
Catalog : 426 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Bis
3:40 PM
Concerto Grosso No. 10 in d Op 6
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Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 907228 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Academy of Ancient Music
Label : Harm Mundi
4:06 PM
In a Nutshell Suite
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 56412 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
4:26 PM
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL: Overture
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Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 68793 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:36 PM
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL: I dreamed I dwelt
Artist : Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
Album :
Composer : Michael W. Balfe
Catalog : 14777 CD
Conductor : Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra : Orchestra Sinfonica RAI, Rome
Label : D. Gramphn
4:44 PM
Symphony No. 1 in D Op 25 Classical
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Composer : Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog : 432992 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Philips
5:06 PM
GUZMAN EL BUENO Prelude
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Composer : Tomas Breton
Catalog : 572076 CD
Conductor : Miguel Roa
Orchestra : Orq. de la Comunidad de Madrid
Label : Naxos
5:15 PM
Two Symphonic Sketches
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Composer : Joaquim Serra
Catalog : 555871 CD
Conductor : Salvador Brotons
Orchestra : El Valles Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
5:27 PM
Fantasy on Two Flemish Folksongs
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Composer : August de Boeck
Catalog : 223418 CD
Conductor : Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra : BRT Philharmonic, Brussels
Label : MarcoPolo
5:37 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in b-Flat
Artist : Artur Pizarro, piano
Album :
Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 4013 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Flemish Radio Orchestra
Label : EtCetera

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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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