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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June 03, 2013

6:06 AM
Concerto for Oboe d’amore, str in A
Artist : Heinz Holliger, oboe
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 2229 CD
Conductor : Erich Hobarth
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : ECM
6:21 AM
Suite Espanola: No. 6 Aragon Op 47
Artist : Xuefei Yang, guitar
Album :
Composer : Isaac Albeniz
Catalog : 80403 CD
Conductor : Eiji Oue
Orchestra : Barcelona/Catalonia Orch.
Label : Vrgn Clscs
6:29 AM
Three Small Tone Poems: No. 3 Spring
Artist :
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 7012 CD
Conductor : John Hopkins
Orchestra : Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : RecordsInt
6:39 AM
Tragic Overture Op 81
Artist :
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 60118 CD
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony
Label : RCA/BMG
7:06 AM
Amahl and the Night Visitors:Dance Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Gian Carlo Menotti
Catalog : 6 CD
Conductor : JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra : Buffalo Philharmonic
Label : BuffaloPO
7:14 AM
Solid Men to the Front!
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 94141 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
Opferlied Op 121
Artist : Rundfunkchor Berlin
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 91322 CD
Conductor : Helmut Koch
Orchestra : Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.
Label : Berlin
7:27 AM
Oboe Concerto in C
Artist : Brynjar Hoff, Oboe
Album :
Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 19083 CD
Conductor : Ian Watson
Orchestra : English Chamber Orchestra
Label : Victoria
7:41 AM
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Artist :
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Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Catalog : 11878 CD
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
7:53 AM
PAGLIACCI: Vesti la giubba
Artist : Jan Peerce, tenor
Album :
Composer : Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Catalog : 1709
Conductor : Joe Reisman
Orchestra : ...and His Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
8:06 AM
Vienna Blood Op 354
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 4763793 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
8:17 AM
Grand Tarantelle for piano & orchestra Op 67
Artist : Michael Gurt, piano
Album :
Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 559320 CD
Conductor : Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra : Hot Springs Festival Sym Orch
Label : Naxos
8:26 AM
Danzas Latinoamericanas
Artist :
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Composer : Jose Elizondo
Catalog : 5820 CD
Conductor : Vit Micka
Orchestra : Moravian Philharmonic Orch
Label : Navona
8:39 AM
Symphony No. 5 in F Op 3
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999268 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
8:50 AM
Artist :
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 559092 CD
Conductor : Keith Brion
Orchestra : Royal Artillery Band
Label : Naxos
9:06 AM
Sinfonia for strings & continuo in A
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Friedrich Fasch
Catalog : 191 CD
Conductor : Gunther Wich
Orchestra : Cappella Coloniensis
Label : PhoenixEd
9:17 AM
Tam O’Shanter
Artist :
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Composer : George W. Chadwick
Catalog : 9439 CD
Conductor : Neeme Jarvi
Orchestra : Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
9:38 AM
Symphonic Poem No. 6: Mazeppa
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 9 CD
Conductor : Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra : Hungarian Natl. Philharmonic
Label : BudapestMu
10:00 AM
Pirogov Suite
Artist :
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Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich
Catalog : 6603 CD
Conductor : Jose Serebrier
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & TV Symph Orch
Label : RCA/BMG
10:19 AM
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Op 103
Artist : Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Album :
Composer : Camille Saint-Saens
Catalog : 4758764 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : L'Orchestre delaSuisse Romande
Label : London/Dec
10:48 AM
Concerto for Orchestra
Artist :
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 6862
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : London/Dec
11:06 AM
Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Artist : Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Album :
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 65701 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
Theme and Variations in G
Artist : Karl-Otto Hartmann,bassoon
Album :
Composer : Antonin Reicha
Catalog : 170021 CD
Conductor : Milan Lajc¡k
Orchestra : Prague Chamber Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
12:20 PM
Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Artist : Andres Segovia, guitar
Album :
Composer : Joaquin Rodrigo
Catalog : 2130 CD
Conductor : Enrique Jorda
Orchestra : Symphony of the Air
Label : D. Gramphn
12:43 PM
Symphony No.100 in G
Artist :
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 80282 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Orchestra of St. Luke's
Label : Telarc
1:07 PM
Don Quixote Op 35
Artist : Mischa Maisky, cello
Album :
Composer : Richard Strauss
Catalog : 2054 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Concerto for harp in D
Artist : Sylvia Kowalczuk, harp
Album :
Composer : Antonio Vivaldi
Catalog : 31550 CD
Conductor : Aristid von Wurtzler
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : Hungaroton
2:15 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : Julia Fischer, violin
Album :
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 66 CD
Conductor : Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra : Netherlands Philharmonic Orch
Label : Pentatone
3:00 PM
Artist :
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Composer : Gioacchino Rossini
Catalog : 2414 CD
Conductor : Alfred Scholz
Orchestra : London Festival Orchestra
Label : GCH
3:14 PM
Serenade in d Op 44
Artist :
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 471613 CD
Conductor : Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
3:39 PM
Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. E-Flat
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
Album :
Composer : Franz Liszt
Catalog : 1154 CD
Conductor : Paul Freeman
Orchestra : State Symphony Orch, Russia
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Lemminkainen in Tuonela Op 22
Artist :
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 65176 CD
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
4:22 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Chorus of the Peasants
Artist :
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 45529 CD
Conductor : Lazar Gosman
Orchestra : Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
4:27 PM
Children’s Hour Suite Op 25
Artist : Melinda Zak, harp
Album :
Composer : Marcel Grandjany
Catalog : 2836 CD
Label : Centaur
4:40 PM
Children’s Corner
Artist :
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Composer : Claude Debussy
Catalog : 444386 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:06 PM
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G
Artist :
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 77364 CD
Conductor : Otto Klemperer
Orchestra : Philharmonia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
5:25 PM
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Artist :
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Composer : Bernard Herrmann
Catalog : 443899 CD
Conductor : Bernard Herrmann
Orchestra : National Philharmonic Orch.
Label : London/Dec
5:42 PM
Aus Den Bergen Waltz Op 292
Artist :
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Composer : Johann Strauss II
Catalog : 544071 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic 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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