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 10, 2013

6:06 AM
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op 36
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Composer : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Catalog : 45811 CD
Conductor : Zubin Mehta
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
6:22 AM
Artist : Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 4763793 CD
Conductor : Franz Welser-Most
Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
6:29 AM
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat
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Composer : William Boyce
Catalog : 5345 CD
Conductor : William Boughton
Orchestra : English String Orchestra
Label : Nimbus
6:39 AM
Toy Symphony Op 169
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Composer : Cornelius Gurlitt
Catalog : 6116 CD
Conductor : Vladislav Czarnecki
Orchestra : S.W.German Ch.Or. of Pforzeim
Label : EBS
7:06 AM
Colonial Song
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Composer : Percy Aldridge Grainger
Catalog : 117 CD
Conductor : Jerry Junkin
Orchestra : Dallas Wind Symphony
Label : Reference
7:14 AM
New York Hippodrome
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Composer : John Philip Sousa
Catalog : 93149 CD
Conductor : Ronald Demkee
Orchestra : Allentown Band
Label : AMP Record
7:20 AM
Polonaise in E-Flat
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 180891 CD
Conductor : Vaclav Neumann
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Orfeo
7:27 AM
Ugrian Folk Melodies
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Composer : Aarre Merikanto
Catalog : 9601 CD
Conductor : George de Godzinsky
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
7:41 AM
Rhapsody Overture
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 2780 CD
Conductor : Dorrit Matson
Orchestra : New York Scandia Symphony
Label : Centaur
7:53 AM
Voluntary in C
Artist : Gerald Webster, trumpet
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Composer : Barrett, John
Catalog : 7057 CD
Label : Pro Organo
8:06 AM
Trumpet Concerto in C
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Composer : Tomasso Albinoni
Catalog : 80493 CD
Orchestra : Empire Brass
Label : Telarc
8:15 AM
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Composer : Gabriel Faure
Catalog : 97722 CD
Conductor : Michel Plasson
Orchestra : Orch du Capitole de Toulouse
Label : Angel/EMI
8:25 AM
Fair Melusina Overture Op 32
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 417541 CD
Conductor : Charles Dutoit
Orchestra : Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
8:39 AM
Caprice Peruvien
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Composer : Lord Berners
Catalog : 223780 CD
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra : RTE Sinfonietta, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
8:50 AM
L’impresario - Overture
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Composer : Domenico Cimarosa
Catalog : 225181 CD
Conductor : Allesandro Amoretti
Orchestra : Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Label : MarcoPolo
9:06 AM
Homecoming of the Exile Overture
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Composer : Otto Nicolai
Catalog : 91079 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
9:15 AM
Symphony No. 48 in C
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Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 419607 CD
Orchestra : Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Label : D. Gramphn
9:45 AM
Suite for Orchestra
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Composer : Aarre Merikanto
Catalog : 9601 CD
Conductor : Leif Segerstam
Orchestra : Finnish Radio Symphony Orch
Label : YLE
10:00 AM
Concerto Grosso No. 9 (after Scarlatti) in C
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Composer : Charles Avison
Catalog : 438806 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Philips
10:13 AM
Symphony No. 1 in g Op 7
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 8880 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Royal Scottish National Orch
Label : Chandos
10:48 AM
Dance Rhapsody No. 2
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Composer : Frederick Delius
Catalog : 9355 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Label : Chandos
10:58 AM
Symphony No. 9 in e Op 95
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Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Catalog : 63151 CD
Conductor : George Szell
Orchestra : Cleveland Orchestra
Label : CBS/Sony
11:40 AM
Symphonie Concertante for oboe & bassoon in F
Artist : Anthony Robson, oboe
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Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 999537 CD
Conductor : Anthony Halstead
Orchestra : Hanover Band
Label : CPO
12:06 PM
Concerto in C Op 2
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Composer : Andrea Zani
Catalog : 98158 CD
Orchestra : Compagnia De' Musici
Label : Symphonia
12:21 PM
Symphony No. 1 in c Op 4
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Composer : Alberic Magnard
Catalog : 927 CD
Conductor : Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra : Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Label : Bis
12:57 PM
Wind Quintet in g Op 56
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Composer : Franz Danzi
Catalog : 124 CD
Orchestra : Farkas Quintet Amsterdam
Label : Nederland
1:12 PM
Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 471490 CD
Conductor : Claudio Abbado
Orchestra : Berlin Philharmonic
Label : D. Gramphn
2:00 PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Op 44
Artist : Shura Cherkassky, piano
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 93980 CD
Conductor : Walter Susskind
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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2:38 PM
Flute Concerto No. 82 in D
Artist : Josep-Francesc Palou, flute
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Composer : Johann Joachim Quantz
Catalog : 109 CD
Orchestra : Hungarian Virtuosi Chamb. Orch
Label : ColumnaMus
3:00 PM
Trumpet Concerto Op 18
Artist : George Vosburgh, trumpet
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Composer : Oscar Bohme
Catalog : 3024 CD
Conductor : Arnie Roth
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Cham. Orch.
Label : FourWinds
3:18 PM
Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 550264 CD
Conductor : Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra : Capella Istropolitana
Label : Naxos
3:40 PM
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in b-Flat Op 255
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Czerny
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
4:06 PM
Bassoon Quintet in B-Flat Op 52
Artist : Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
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Composer : Johann Evangelist Brandl
Catalog : 844 CD
Label : Crystal
4:26 PM
Romeo and Juliet: Suite
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Composer : Nino Rota
Catalog : 3210
Conductor : Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
4:36 PM
Symfonisk rapsodi
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Composer : Carl Nielsen
Catalog : 9287 CD
Conductor : Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra : Danish Radio Symph Orch
Label : Chandos
4:45 PM
PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Artist : St. Academic Mariinsky Th. Cho
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Composer : Alexander Borodin
Catalog : 45609 CD
Conductor : Paavo Jarvi
Orchestra : Phil Orch of Radio France
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
FAUST: Ballet Music
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Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 4758563 CD
Conductor : David Zinman
Orchestra : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchest
Label : London/Dec
5:25 PM
The Lodger Filmscore
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Composer : Hugo Friedhofer
Catalog : 223857 CD
Conductor : William Stromberg
Orchestra : Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Label : MarcoPolo
5:46 PM
Artist : Tracy J. Thomas, vocalist
Album :
Composer : Cole Porter
Catalog : 93005 CD
Conductor : Lt. Cmmdr. Lewis J. Buckley
Orchestra : United States Coast Guard Band
Label : USCG


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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