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 20, 2013

6:06 AM
Cello Concerto in D
Artist :
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Composer : Leonardo Leo
Catalog : 9815 CD
Conductor : Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra : Tafelmusik
Label : Analekta
6:23 AM
Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur Op 48
Artist : Norman Luboff Choir
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62599 CD
Conductor : Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra : New Symphony Orch. of London
Label : RCA/BMG
6:29 AM
Rondo in e
Artist : Barthold Kuijken, transv.flute
Album :
Composer : Franz Xavier Mozart
Catalog : 97125 CD
Label : Accent
6:39 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Jacques Offenbach
Catalog : 4776403 CD
Conductor : Marc Minkowski
Orchestra : Musicians of the Louvre
Label : D. Gramphn
7:06 AM
Banks of Green Willow
Artist :
Album :
Composer : George Butterworth
Catalog : 436401 CD
Conductor : Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra : Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Label : Argo
7:14 AM
Major General U.S. Grant’s Grand March
Artist :
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Composer : Josef Gungl
Catalog : 29179 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:19 AM
Overture in F
Artist :
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Composer : Louis Emmanuel Jadin
Catalog : 5175 CD
Conductor : John Wallace
Orchestra : The Wallace Collection
Label : Nimbus
7:27 AM
Carnival for Small Orchestra Op 5
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Leo Weiner
Catalog : 18 CD
Conductor : Tibor Varga
Orchestra : Budapest Chamber Symphony
Label : BudapestMu
7:40 AM
Sinfonia in D
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 453435 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:50 AM
Nocturnes: No. 2 Fetes
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 1 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
8:06 AM
The Song of Destiny Op 84
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 220445 CD
Conductor : Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra : Hong Kong Philharmonic Orch.
Label : MarcoPolo
8:19 AM
Scherzo No. 1 in d Op 10
Artist : Susanne Grutzmann, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7065 CD
Label : Profil
8:26 AM
Organ Concerto No. 2 in A Op 7
Artist : Simon Preston, organ
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 75517 CD
Conductor : Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra : Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
8:40 AM
Hebrides Overture in D Op 26
Artist :
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:52 AM
CARMEN: Flower Song; La fleur que tu m’
Artist : Placido Domingo, tenor
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 467632 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Howard Hanson
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Howard Hanson
Orchestra : Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch.
Label : Mercury
9:23 AM
Cakewalk Ballet after Gottschalk
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Composer : Hershy Kay
Catalog : 61501 CD
Conductor : Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
9:50 AM
Souvenir de Puerto Rico: March des Gibar Op 31
Artist : Eugene List, piano
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 4050 CD
Label : VangrdOmeg
10:00 AM
Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat
Artist : Gordan Nikolic, violin
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 300 CD
Conductor : Gordan Nikolic
Orchestra : Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Label : Pentatone
10:21 AM
Artist : Margot Dilmaghani, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 99002 CD
Label : Celebratn
10:28 AM
Symphony No. 25 in g
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
10:57 AM
Concerto Grosso in g Op 5
Artist : Daniel Hope, violin
Album :
Composer : Francesco Geminiani
Catalog : 13993 CD
Label : D. Gramphn
10:57 AM
Symphony No. 1 in e Op 39
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Pineapple Poll Suite
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Composer : Sir Arthur Sullivan
Catalog : 434322 CD
Conductor : Frederick Fennell
Orchestra : Eastman Wind Ensemble
Label : Mercury
12:19 PM
Piano Concerto in a Op 7
Artist : Angela Cheng, piano
Album :
Composer : Clara Schumann
Catalog : 7169 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : The Women's Philharmonic
Label : KOCH Intl.
12:42 PM
Clarinet Quartet in F
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Composer : Jan Krtitel (Baptist) Vanhal
Catalog : 3055 CD
Orchestra : Crusell Quartet
Label : Centaur
1:02 PM
Symphony No. 2 in e Op 27
Artist :
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Composer : Sergei Rachmaninoff
Catalog : 45678 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 1 in e Op 11
Artist : Olli Mustonen, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 444518 CD
Conductor : Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
Label : London/Dec
2:42 PM
Marosszek Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 550520 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Pictures from the Crimea
Artist :
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Composer : Modest Moussorgsky
Catalog : 1030 CD
Conductor : Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Cala
3:15 PM
Concierto de Aranjuez
Artist : Carlos Bonell, guitar
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 400054 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
3:39 PM
Octet: Allegro moderato in E-Flat Op 20
Artist : EnAccord String Quartet
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 124 CD
Orchestra : Rubens Quartet
Label : Nederland
4:06 PM
Cello Concerto No. 2 in d Op 119
Artist : Steven Isserlis, cello
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 63518 CD
Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra : Sym Orch N. D. R. Hamburg
Label : RCA/BMG
4:26 PM
Concerto in d Op 4
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
4:36 PM
Suite No. 2 in F Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 11161 CD
Conductor : (Colonel) Lowell E. Graham
Orchestra : US Air Force Band
Label : Klavier
4:49 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Pablo Moncayo
Catalog : 7211 CD
Conductor : Herrera de la Fuente
Orchestra : Xalapa Symphony Orchestra
Label : Guild
5:06 PM
Piano Concerto in C
Artist : Stewart Goodyear, piano
Album :
Composer : Leroy Anderson
Catalog : 80112 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:26 PM
They Died With Their Boots On: Film scor
Artist :
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Composer : Max Steiner
Catalog : 912 CD
Conductor : Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : RCA/BMG
5:37 PM
Les Miserables Suite
Artist : and others
Album :
Composer : Claude-Michel Schonberg
Catalog : 80498 CD
Conductor : Erich Kunzel
Orchestra : Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Label : Telarc
5:51 PM
Artist : Crouch End Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : John Barry
Catalog : 3015 CD
Conductor : Nic Raine
Orchestra : City of Prague Philharmonic
Label : Silva


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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