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 29, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto Armonico No. 1 in G
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Composer : Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Catalog : 410205 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Argo
6:20 AM
From the Bohemian Forest: Silent Woods Op 68
Artist : Han-na Chang, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 57052 CD
Conductor : Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
6:29 AM
ERMIONE: Sinfonia with chorus
Artist : Prague Philharmonic Choir
Album :
Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 570933 CD
Conductor : Christian Benda
Orchestra : Prague Sinfonia
Label : Naxos
6:39 AM
Polonia Symphonic Prelude Op 76
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Composer : Sir Edward Elgar
Catalog : 557273 CD
Conductor : James Judd
Orchestra : New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:06 AM
Cantos de Espana: No.1 Preludio Asturias Op 232
Artist : Friedemann Wuttke, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 7073 CD
Conductor : Tilmann Koster
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : Profil
7:14 AM
Washington Grays
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Composer : Claudio Grafulla
Catalog : 1998 CD
Conductor : Dale Harpham
Orchestra : United States Marine Band
Label : USMC
7:20 AM
Faust Quadrille Op 112
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Composer : Josef Strauss
Catalog : 223664 CD
Conductor : Michael Dittrich
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
7:28 AM
Sonata for 2 violins & opt. continuo in G
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Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 502 CD
Orchestra : The Purcell Quartet
Label : Chandos
7:41 AM
Symphony in G
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Pons
Catalog : 10488 CD
Orchestra : Concerto Koln
Label : Capriccio
7:52 AM
Olympic Hymn
Artist : Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Album :
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 62592 CD
Conductor : John Williams
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
8:06 AM
Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Op 11
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Composer : Georges Enesco
Catalog : 4783566 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : Mercury
8:20 AM
The Seasons: Fall: Hort das laute Geton
Artist : Flanders Opera Choir
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 61891 CD
Conductor : Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra : La Petite Bande
Label : Vrgn Clscs
8:26 AM
Oboe Concerto No. 3 in g
Artist : Robert Bloom, oboe
Album :
Composer : George Friederich Handel
Catalog : 1031 CD
Conductor : Paul Wolfe
Orchestra : Sarasota Music Festival Orch.
Label : Boston
8:39 AM
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Op 28
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Composer : Gustav Holst
Catalog : 40471 CD
Conductor : Imogen Holst
Orchestra : Central Band of the Royal A.F.
Label : Angel/EMI
8:51 AM
Artist : Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Album :
Composer : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Catalog : 10009 CD
Conductor : Pierino Gamba
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
9:06 AM
MACBETH: Act III: Ballet Music
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 47274 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
9:18 AM
Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 78
Artist : Aldo Ciccolini, piano
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 1607 CD
Conductor : Enrique Batiz
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : IMG-Pickwi
9:44 AM
Flute Concerto in C
Artist : Laurence Dean, flute
Album :
Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 77228 CD
Orchestra : Hanover Court Orchestra
Label : Christopho
10:00 AM
Organ Concerto No. 5 in D
Artist : Stephen Farr, organ
Album :
Composer : James Hook
Catalog : 84295 CD
Orchestra : London Bach Consort
Label : Meridian
10:16 AM
Ballet Suite No. 4
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 8630 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:31 AM
Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra Op 86
Artist : Seattle Sym. Horn Section
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Composer : Robert Schumann
Catalog : 3084 CD
Conductor : Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra : Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Label : Delos
10:52 AM
Serenade No. 1 in D Op 11
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 57973 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : La Scala Philaharmonic
Label : CBS/Sony
11:42 AM
Concerto in B-Flat Op 4
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 557905 CD
Conductor : Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra : Avison Ensemble
Label : Naxos
3:00 PM
Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs Op 4
Artist : Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano
Album :
Composer : Mily Balakirev
Catalog : 570396 CD
Conductor : Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra : Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Naxos
3:20 PM
Piano Sonata No. 8 in c Op 13
Artist : John Owings, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 6081 CD
Label : Owings
3:40 PM
Grand Duo Concertante for vln.& dbl.bass in A
Artist : Ovidiu Badila, double-bass
Album :
Composer : Giovanni Bottesini
Catalog : 210 CD
Conductor : Marco Zuccarini
Orchestra : Orch. I Pomeriggi Musicali/Mil
Label : Dynamic
4:06 PM
Siegfried Idyll
Artist : Members of...
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Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 4758502 CD
Conductor : Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
4:26 PM
Ballade No. 1 in g Op 23
Artist : Evgeny Kissin, piano
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 63259 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
4:38 PM
Adagio on Celtic Themes in e Op 56
Artist : Julius Berger, cello
Album :
Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 6060 CD
Conductor : Antoni Wit
Orchestra : Polish Radio Symphony Orchestr
Label : EBS
4:48 PM
Recorder Concerto in C
Artist : Matthias Maute, recorder
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 9173 CD
Conductor : Jörg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra : REBEL Baroque Orchestra
Label : Bridge
5:06 PM
Divertimento No. 1 in D
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 69865 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : Angel/EMI
5:26 PM
Captain Blood Film Score: Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Catalog : 557704 CD
Conductor : Richard Kaufman
Orchestra : Brandenburg Philharm. Potsdam
Label : Naxos
5:47 PM
Serenada Schizophrana: Bells & Whistles
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Composer : Danny Elfman
Catalog : 89780 CD
Conductor : John Mauceri
Orchestra : Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony


The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! April 13, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last month at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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Creatively Speaking
3:27 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures
Corey Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:49 pm

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Opera on WRTI
4:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Puccini's LA BOHEME! April 5, 1 PM

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings Rodolfo

Giacomo Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most-performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo in the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo. Saturday, April 5, 1 to 4 pm.


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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
11:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: All Rachmaninoff! April 6, 1 PM

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Join us for an all-Rachmaninoff program this Sunday at 1 pm, on the radio at 90.1 FM and around the world at The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff’s choral-symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem, The Bells, which received its U.S. premiere here in Philadelphia in 1920 with Leopold Stokowski conducting.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 5:33 pm

(Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year.)

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Creatively Speaking
4:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Meet The Met Opera's New Mimi!

Soprano Anita Hartig

Soprano Anita Hartig made her Metropolitan Opera debut this week as Mimì in Puccini's classic work, La Boheme.  If singing one of opera's most iconic roles at America's foremost opera house is not pressure enough, the Romanian soprano will also be performing for millions in movie theaters around the world in the Met Live in HD series, and on the radio via the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Matinee B

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Creatively Speaking
3:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Do You Know The First Figaro?

Neal Bledsoe as Count Almaviva, Adam Green as Figaro, and Naomi O'Connell as Rosine in Stephen Wadsworth's Beaumarchais adaptations, THE FIGARO PLAYS, at Princeton's McCarter Theatre through April, 2014.

Figaro, the wily barber of Seville, is portrayed in two great operas - the popular Rossini work that bears his name, and Mozart’s account of his marriage. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns takes us to Princeton's McCarter Theatre and rehearsals for two of the plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that originated the Figaro character.

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