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 16, 2013

6:06 AM
Violin Concerto (School Concerto) No. 2 Op 13
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
Album :
Composer : Friedrich Seitz
Catalog : 56750 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Juilliard Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:17 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 4 (after Scarlatti)in a
Artist :
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
6:30 AM
Das Spitzentuch der Konigin
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 223249 CD
Conductor : Alfred Walter
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
6:40 AM
Keyboard Concerto No. 7in g
Artist : Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 81482 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5in C Op 39
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:14 AM
Bennett’s Triumphal
Artist :
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Composer : John H. Ribble
Catalog : 432019 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
7:18 AM
Overture No. 8in D
Artist :
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 6531 CD
Conductor : Adrian Shepherd
Orchestra : Cantilena
Label : Chandos
7:27 AM
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3in e
Artist : Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord
Album :
Composer : Alessandro Scarlatti
Catalog : 470650 CD
Conductor : Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra : Accademia Bizantina
Label : London/Dec
7:40 AM
My Home Overture Op 62
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 8510 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
7:51 AM
BARTERED BRIDE: Dance of the
Artist :
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Composer : Bedrich Smetana
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
8:06 AM
Artist :
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 90 CD
Conductor : Alexander Vedernikov
Orchestra : The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
8:13 AM
Tzigane: Rhapsodie de concert
Artist : Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Album :
Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 437544 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:26 AM
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2in c-Sharp
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 447415 CD
Conductor : Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
8:39 AM
MEDEA Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Luigi Cherubini
Catalog : 350221 CD
Conductor : Donato Renzetti
Orchestra : Orchestra della Toscana
Label : EuropaMusi
8:48 AM
Miroirs: 4. Alborada del gracioso
Artist :
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Composer : Maurice Ravel
Catalog : 39439 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
9:06 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9in F Op 6
Artist :
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Composer : Archangelo Corelli
Catalog : 434110 CD
Orchestra : I Musici
Label : Philips
9:16 AM
Violin Concertoin e Op 64
Artist : Andres Cardenes, violin
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 39 CD
Conductor : Ian Hobson
Orchestra : Sinfonia Varsovia
Label : Artek
9:46 AM
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Artist : Yuja Wang, piano
Album :
Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 16606 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:00 AM
Jeux (Poeme dansee)
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 60972 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : New York Philharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1in c
Artist : Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden,pian
Album :
Composer : Arthur DeGreef
Catalog : 65075 CD
Conductor : Pierre Bartholomee
Orchestra : Liege Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
10:53 AM
Gran Duo Passione Amorosa
Artist : Boguslaw Furtok, double bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 999665 CD
Conductor : Stephen Tetzlaff
Orchestra : Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch
Label : CPO
11:08 AM
Piano Sonata No. 22in F Op 54
Artist : Annie Fischer, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 31634 CD
Label : Hungaroton
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 3in E-Flat Op 97
Artist :
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 452214 CD
Conductor : Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
12:06 PM
Octet No. 3 for windsin B-Flat
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Composer : Josef Myslivecek
Catalog : 777377 CD
Conductor : Carin van Heerden
Orchestra : L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble
Label : CPO
12:16 PM
Piano Quintetin A Op 5
Artist : Ivan Klansky, Piano
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 555377 CD
Orchestra : Vlach Quartet, Prague
Label : Naxos
12:42 PM
Symphony No. 5in c-Sharp
Artist :
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Composer : Gustav Mahler
Catalog : 430443 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
2:00 PM
Suite Modale for flute and strings
Artist : Alexa Still, flute
Album :
Composer : Ernest Bloch
Catalog : 7063 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra : New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Label : KOCH Intl.
2:14 PM
Piano Concerto No. 5in E-Flat Op 73
Artist : Claudio Arrau, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 416215 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Staatskapelle Dresden
Label : Philips
3:00 PM
Balletti a cinque: Introduzione Sesta
Artist :
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 32006 CD
Conductor : Pal Nemeth
Orchestra : Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Label : Hungaroton
3:08 PM
Verklarte Nacht Op 4
Artist :
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Composer : Arnold Schoenberg
Catalog : 11004 CD
Conductor : Pierre Boulez
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Nederland
3:42 PM
Symphonyin D Op 12
Artist :
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Composer : Francois Joseph Gossec
Catalog : 218 CD
Conductor : Guy Van Waas
Orchestra : Les Agrémens
Label : Ricercare
4:06 PM
Variations on La ci darem la manoin B-Flat Op 2
Artist : Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 6702 CD
Conductor : Kazimierz Kord
Orchestra : Warsaw Philharmonic
Label : Arabesque
4:26 PM
Gymnopedies Nos. 1 & 3
Artist :
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Composer : Erik Satie
Catalog : 466710 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:35 PM
In The South (Alassio) overture Op 50
Artist :
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 57973 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
5:06 PM
Poet and Peasant Overture
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Von Suppe
Catalog : 434309 CD
Conductor : Paul Paray
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
5:17 PM
Concertino for Oboe and Orchestrain F
Artist : Josef Kiss, oboe
Album :
Composer : Gaetano Donizetti
Catalog : 557492 CD
Conductor : Laszlo Kovacs
Orchestra : Camerata Budapest
Label : Naxos
5:27 PM
Violin Concertoin D Op 35
Artist : Renaud Capucon, violin
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 694589 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:55 PM
Adventures of Robin Hood: Marian & Robin
Artist : Angele Dubeau, violin
Album :
Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 8733 CD
Conductor : Angele Dubeau
Orchestra : La Pieta
Label : Analekta


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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